Steven Tingley, a Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) resident talks about his experience with his TCHC apartment and living with no heat since February. Steven is an active member of the TCHC community as their Community Animator and Co-Chair of Communications Workgroup. We also learn some surprising facts about Steven’s life from a $200K book deal he turned down to his club owner days on the East Coast.
From Artificial Intelligence to Planning Algorithms to Staying Safe in tall buildings. Prof. Brenda McCabe and Prof. Arash Shahi take us on an interesting journey through their recent report titled: EVALUATION OF TALL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION PERMITTING PROCESS IN TORONTO (read it here –> rescon.com/media/2015/Shahi_K_…mitting_Process.pdf)
We chat with Core Architects Principal, long time architect and urban enthusiast Babak Eslahjou about everything from politics to the next “boom town”. Will Babak run for Mayor again? How will community politics change now that the OMB is being dismantled? Are we going to see more developers back politicians to help get their way?
Why do we live in Toronto and not Vancouver? Sunlight, baby! Ara loves it but Slutsky prefers the shade. But in all seriousness as we develop more density in urban communities around the World the shadowing effect is something that needs to be taken seriously. This week, Paul Kulig Urban Design and Transportation leader at Perkins + Will has a serious talk about what’s being done about preserving sunlight, the benefits of shade and some cool new tech that make it rain sun everywhere!
This week we chat with Lisa Bate an Architect with B+H who’s working on something we bet you haven’t even thought about. Waterproofing Cities. Waterproofing. Think about that for a second. With all the recent floods wiping out major Canadian and US Cities this is a serious discussion that’s gaining a ton of momentum. One troubling thought: How do we protect against future events if we constantly take measures to protect ourselves using stats from the past?
A high level discussion with Graham Haines about the new Rent Control rules the Wynne Government has proposed and a deep dive into Graham’s recently written policy paper titled: Making Cents of Ontario’s Rent Regulation: Assessing the Financial Impact of Rent Control and Developer Incentives.
Slutsky and Mamourian sit with Marco VanderMaas about this strange thing called the Missing Middle. Everyone’s always talking building way up up up while Marco’s talking about taking advantage of existing structures and build them out. He’s basically the Frank Lloyd Wright of today!
Slutsky and Mamourian chat with Ed Levy a global transit authority and a man who’s raging passion for Transit has taken him all over the world in a consulting capacity. We’re pretty sure he knows more than all of us combined. Also, did you know that the TTC is the only transit system in the World that is expected to fund itself? You should buy his book –> www.bagroup.com/news/~1278-Ed-Lev…stores-and-Amazon
Slutsky and Mamourian sit with Norm Li the KING of renderings. If you’ve seen a rendering of a condo somewhere in the World you’ve likely seen a Norm Li. The conversation quickly evolves from simple 2D renderings into Virtual Reality. VR will be responsible for the decentralization of real estate sales centres to allow brokers to literally showcase thousands of projects all within a small office space. The future is here, folks.
Slutsky and Mamourian chat with Alex Mereu, transportation planner with the IBI group. We dive into Alex’s recent report: “A Driverless Future Is Not Just About Cars” and go on a few tangents here and there. Autonomous Vehicles seem to always come up during our discussions so now we devote an entire episode to it. What would you do with all that parking infrastructure if people didn’t have cars?