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The CITY Institute hosts and co-sponsors numerous events throughout the year, with professionals and academics sharing their views on pressing urban issues. Check the list below to learn about our CITY Seminar series and what else is coming up.

Symposium looks at urban transformations on St. Clair

June 11, 2014 8:01 pm : Events, News
Along with the Wychwood Barns Community Association, SSHRC,and McMaster University, York University will host Edward Keenan, city hall reporter at The Grid for his talk, “St. Clair West: The Building Blocks of Urban Vitality.” Keenan will discuss his observations about the recent political history of Toronto as well as his thoughts on the importance of more »

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CITY and La Marsh Centre unite for graduate symposium

May 17, 2014 2:32 am : Events, News
The CITY Institute partnered with the LaMarsh Centre for Child and Youth Research, C .W. Jefferys Collegiate and Westview collegiate Institute on “A Healthy Community for Toronto’s Youth:  How Researchers and Youth can work together to push the envelope to effect change” The event took place June 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Room 519 of the Kaneff more »

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“Living, Traversing and Making the City” Event – April 24

April 14, 2014 7:47 pm : Events, News
Thursday, 24 April 2014 | 10:30am to noon | room 626, Sixth Floor, Kaneff Tower | York University  Philipp Kelly, Tracey Skelton, and Linda Peake Tracey Skelton, Associate Professor in Human Geography, National University of Singapore is the epitome of a city in constant change: demolishing, rebuilding, refitting. A city with a clearly defined landmass (714km2/275m2), more »

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Photos from the “Social Justice in the City” Event

March 20, 2014 4:18 pm : Events, News
A fantastic turnout at the Social Justice in the City event on March 14, 2014. In this day-long event, CITY featured panels and workshops on how engagement with artist-activists in the city might speak to modes of academic activism and production that promote urban social justice. Narmeen Hashim, Linda Peake, Selma James, Gokburu Tanyildiz, and Simon more »

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CITY Presents “Engaging Scholars: Critical Urbanism at York University” – April 3rd

March 13, 2014 2:52 pm : Events, News
CITY presents “Engaging Scholars: Critical Urbanism at York University” – Thursday, April 3, 2014 A half day of presentations by York PhD students on critical urban studies, Full Abstracts Here Location: 305 York Lanes Please RSVP to city@yorku.ca Agenda 1 – 1.10pm Introduction: Linda Peake (Director) and Claire Major (City PhD Candidate, Geography) 1.10 – more »

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CITY presents “Social Justice and the City” – March 14

February 27, 2014 8:19 pm : Events
The City Institute presents: “Social Justice and the City: Exploring the vexed nature of the relationship between the academy and activism”   In this day-long event, we will feature panels and workshops on how an engagement with artist-activists in the city might speak to modes of academic activism and production that promote urban social justice. We more »

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Equity Seminar Series, ‘Troubling Territories’ February 25th

February 19, 2014 5:42 pm : Events
The City Institute is co-sponsoring a lecture titled ‘Troubling Territories: Poetics, Politics and the Queerness of Place.’ As part of its on-going Equity Seminar Series, the Faculty of Environmental Studies and Accessibility, Community and Equity@York proudly present: Troubling Territories: Poetics, politics and the queerness of place A lecture & dialogue on racialized geographies, visual and performance art, more »

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Sarah Schulman Event Series – February 8-13, 2014

January 30, 2014 5:04 pm : Events
York and Ryerson Universities are pleased to announce “Searching for New Imaginings: Facing Challenges for Activism and Justice in the University,” a series of three events with Sarah Schulman, Distinguished Professor of English at The City University of New York (College of Staten Island). The series opens on Saturday, 8 February 2014 from 8:00–10:00 p.m. with an evening panel more »

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Canadian Urban Institute’s (CUI) Place Maker event, “Good Density” – February 11

January 23, 2014 4:26 pm : Events
REGISTER HERE for the Canadian Urban Institute’s (CUI) Place Maker event “Good Density: The Elusive Search for Good Density. A Cure for What Divides Us?” will be hosted on February 11 from 7:30am – 9:30am at Innis College (2 Sussex Ave. Toronto, ON). Description: Suburbs hold the answers to many unanswered questions about urban design, community connectivity, housing affordability more »

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Submissions for “Critical Urbanism at York ” – Deadline February 3

January 16, 2014 8:24 pm : Events, News
The City Institute is providing an opportunity for six PhD students, working on urban issues, to present a 20 minute paper based on your research that addresses the question “What it is that makes this research ‘critical’? This is an opportunity to check in with yourself and to share the ‘what’ or ‘how’ of the more »

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Nov. 29 CITY Seminar – Linda Peake presents “Rethinking Feminist Interventions into the Urban.”

December 19, 2013 6:29 pm : Events
On Friday November 29th, 2013, Professor and Acting Director of City Institute Linda Peake, presented a CITY Seminar on “Rethinking Feminist Interventions into the Urban.” Professor Peake is a geographer by training and has taught at York for over 20 years. Appointed to the Urban Studies program in the Department of Social Science in LA&PS, more »

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First CITYTALK of the year on “The Speculative Transformation of the City”

October 31, 2013 7:19 pm : Events, News
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Laura Calbeti Elias is a Ph.D. student at the Center for Metropolitan Studies in Berlin and an Assistant Professor at the Department for Urban Design & Development at the Technical University of Berlin. On Nov. 7, she will talk about her research which focuses on the  financialisation of housing as it relates to changing patterns more »

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CUI looks at the planning moments that have shaped Toronto

October 30, 2013 3:35 pm : Events, News
On Friday November 8, World Planning Day, the Canadian Urban Institute and the City Institute present Make No Small Plans, a look at some of the decisions that have changed the face of Toronto. John Fox, a partner at Robins, Appleby and Taub, will be chair an expert panel that includes Brian Denney (CEO of the Toronto and Region more »

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Between Raid and Rebellion Book Launch on November 5

October 30, 2013 3:01 pm : Events, News
 The CITY Institute’s William Jenkins launches his new book, Between Raid and Rebellion: The Irish in Buffalo and Toronto, 1867-1916, at Massey College on November 5. The book, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press, compares immigration from Ulster to Toronto and Munster to Buffalo and the Irish experience in the context of “a loyal dominion within Britain’s empire more »

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Roger Keil talks with NRU about the “Suburban Manifesto”

September 10, 2013 5:05 pm : Events, News
Roger Keil offered some details about the Greater Toronto Suburban Working Group’s forthcoming “Suburban Manifesto” in the latest Toronto edition of Novae Res Urbis. The manifesto will be unveiled at the Suburban Revolution conference taking place at York University, Sept. 26-29.

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Registration now open for the Suburban Revolution Conference 2013- Hosted by CITY

July 24, 2013 8:06 pm : Events, News
Registration is now open for the upcoming international  Suburban Revolution Conference 2013. Hosted by CITY in partnership with the MCRI Global Suburbanisms project, this international conference focuses on bringing the fringe to the centre of global urban research and practice. For more information on the conference including the program, keynote speakers, accommodations, directions, and registration please visit the more »

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Conference of The World in the City looks at “Empire, City, Nature” – May 30 to June 2, 2013

May 28, 2013 1:50 pm : Events, News
The International Graduate Research Program – The World in the City: Metropolitanism and Globalization from the 19th Century to the Present – is holding its second annual Conference looking at the theme of “Empire, City, Nature”. Thirty-six PhD students will present on urban themes in a broad spectrum of disciplines, along with senior urban researchers more »

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CITY Co-Sponsoring Urban Music Conference at York on June 1st

May 17, 2013 2:26 pm : Events, News
The CITY institute is proud to co-sponsor and present Performing Diaspora 2013: The History of Urban Music in Toronto. This full day conference will feature the “scholarship of budding Canadian hip hop academic alongside the oral histories of Toronto’s pioneering Hip Hop practitioners in order to explore and uncover the history of Toronto Hip Hop.” more »

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SUBURBSTALK – April 4

April 2, 2013 1:22 am : Events, News
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On Thursday April 4, the CITY Institute presents the next in its series of SUBURBSTALKS. Anna Kramer (University of Waterloo) and Christian Mettke (Darmstadt University of Technology) will present “The death and life of ‘transit city’: Searching for sustainable transportation in Toronto’s suburbs.” Roger Keil and Sara Macdonald (York University) will discuss “Boundaries, metabolisms, landscape: more »

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Apr. 3rd CITY Seminar – Bernd Belina presents “Policing Sub/Urban Space”.

March 21, 2013 3:24 pm : Events
Bernd Belina (Department of Human Geography, Goethe-University) presents  “Policing Sub/Urban Space”.
CITY welcomes Bernd Belina (Department of Human Geography, Goethe-University) as the next guest speaker in the CITY Seminar lecture series.  Bernd has taught and researched at the Institute of Human Geography, Goethe University Frankfurt since April 2008. He received his Ph.D. at the Institute of Geography at the University of Bremen, and has also studied at more »

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Mar. 28th- Urban Asia Series- Kenneth Cardenas presents “Disasters, Climate Risk, and Exclusionary Modernity in Manila”

March 14, 2013 7:16 pm : Events
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The CITY Institute and the York Centre for Asian Research jointly present “Disasters, Climate Risk, and Exclusionary Modernity in Manila″ with  Kenneth Cardenas (Department of Geography, York University) as part of the Urban Asia lecture series. This event will be held on Thursday, March 28th from 12:00- 2:00pm in room 626 York Research Tower In his talk, Kenneth Cardenas traces the role played more »

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Mar. 1st CITY Seminar – Jean- Paul Addie presents “Flying high (in the competitive sky): The role of airports in an age of globalized regionalism.”

February 20, 2013 5:06 pm : Events
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The next lecture in the CITY Seminar series welcomes Jean Paul Addie (PhD Candidate, Geography York University) who will be presenting “Flying high (in the competitive sky): The role of airports in an age of globalized regionalism.” This event will be held on Friday March 1st, from 12:30-2:00pm in room 519, York Research Tower.  Jean-Paul Addie is a PhD more »

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Feb. 1st – CITY Seminar – Casino City?

January 21, 2013 7:13 pm : Events
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As part of the City Institute’s “City Seminar Series”, this seminar entitled “Casino City?” will feature a panel that will critically address the current agenda to build a ‘mega-casino’ in Toronto. The seminar will be held on Friday February 1, 2013 from 12:30 to 2:30 in room 140, HNES Building, York University. Panelists will discuss more »

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Jan. 31st – Urban Asia Series – Karen Coelho presents “Precarious Work and Persistent Poverty in a Resettlement Site: A Study of Kannagi Nagar, Chennai.”

January 17, 2013 4:27 pm : Events
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The CITY Institute and the York Centre for Asian Research jointly present “Precarious Work and Persistent Poverty in a Resettlement Site: A Study of Kannagi Nagar, Chennai″ with Karen Coelho (Madras Institute of Development Studies, Tamil Nadu, India) as part of the Urban Asia lecture series. This event will be held on Thursday, January 31st more »

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Jan 30th- “What We Talk About When We Talk About City Building” with John Lorinc

January 17, 2013 4:16 pm : Events
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The CITY Institute in partnership with the Department of Geography at York University and the Geography Alumni Association present “What We Talk About When We Talk About City Building” with John Lorinc.John Lorinc is a Toronto-based journalist who specializes in urban affairs. He is the author of The New City (Penguin, 2006), and has written for various more »

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Jan. 22nd- Talking about Places to Grow with Michael Logan and Norma Forest

January 16, 2013 8:20 pm : Events
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The CITY Institute and Faculty of Environmental Studies welcome Michael Logan and Norah Forrest, from the Ontario Growth Secretariat, to York University for a talk on the province’s Growth Plan for the Golden Horseshoe and beyond. This talk will be held on Tuesday, January 22nd from 1:00pm – 2:30 pm in HNES 142. Everyone is more »

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Jan. 14th SUBURBSTALK- Dr. Alex Schafran presents “The Strange Case of the Bay Area”.

January 3, 2013 8:35 pm : Events
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As part of the SUBURBSTALK series, Dr. Alex Schafran (Paris School of International Affairs) presents “The Strange Case of the Bay Area”. This event will be held on Monday, January 14th in Room 305 York Lanes from 1:30-3:00pm. Alex Schafran recently completed his PHD in City & Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. more »

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Jan. 11th CITY Seminar – Homelessness Research with presentations from Paula Goering, Stephen Gaetz and Valerie Tarasuk

December 11, 2012 4:03 pm : Events
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The CITY Institute and the Canadian Homelessness Research Network jointly present a special CITY Seminar on Homelessness Research. Please join us for a snapshot of what’s new in homelessness research and how that research may be used to inform and support decisions that contribute to solutions. Paula Goering (Research Lead, At Home/Chez Soi, Mental Health more »

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December 7th CITY Seminar- Margit Mayer presents “Contradictions in the Neoliberalization of the Urban”.

November 27, 2012 3:25 pm : Events
Margit Mayer (Freie Universität Berlin) and Roger Keil (Director, CITY Institute).
CITY and the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies jointly present “Contradictions in the Neoliberalization of the Urban” with Margit Mayer (Department of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin). This event will be held Friday, December 7th from 12:30-2:00 pm in room 305, York Lanes. Margit Mayer teaches comparative and North American politics at the Freie Universität Berlin, more »

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Nov. 30- CITY and the CCGES present “Urban cultures against right wing activism: Challenging the spatial hegemony of racism in East-German small towns” with Thomas Buerk.

November 27, 2012 3:14 pm : Events
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CITY and the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies jointly present  “Urban cultures against right wing activism:  Challenging the spatial hegemony of racism in  East-German small towns” with Thomas Buerk (Critical Geography Berlin and HU Berlin). This event will be held on Friday, November 30th from 12:30 to 2:00 pm in room 749, York Research Tower. Thomas Buerk more »

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Nov 29 – Urban Asia Series – Tania Ahmad presents “Socialities of Indignation: Denouncing Party Politicy in Karachi, Pakistan”.

November 7, 2012 7:12 pm : Events
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The CITY Institute and the York Centre for Asian Research jointly present “Socialities of Indignation: Denouncing Party Politicy in Karachi, Pakistan″ with Tania Ahmad (Department of Anthropology, York University) as part of the Urban Asia lecture series. This event will be held on Thursday, November 29 from 12:00-2:00pm in 626 York Research Tower. Tania is more »

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CITY and the CCGES present “High-Modernism and Mass Utopia in Twentieth-Century Urban Planning” with Dietmar Schirmer

November 7, 2012 3:19 pm : Events
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CITY and the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies present “High-Modernism and Mass Utopia in Twentieth-Century Urban Planning” with Dietmar Schirmer (Department of Political Science, University of Florida). This event will be held Friday, November 9th from 12:30 to 2:30 pm in room 280A York Lanes. Dietmar Schirmer,(Ph.D. in Political Science from Free University more »

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CITY Institute & York Centre for Asian Research present Urban Asia lecture series

November 6, 2012 7:02 pm : Events, News
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The CITY Institute and the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) present the Urban Asia series with five lectures from prominent researchers on major Asian cities. The presentations will be held on the last Thursday of the month from 12:00-2:00pm in room 626 of the York Research Tower. October 25 , 2012 | ALANA BOLAND more »

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November 16th CITY Seminar – Cathy Molloy presents “Markham Museum: Growing with Markham”

October 24, 2012 5:15 pm : Events
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Cathy Molloy (Director, Markham Museum) presents “Markham Museum: Growing with Markham”. This event will be held on Friday, November 16th in HNES 142 from 12:30-2:30pm. Cathy has been the Director of the Markham Museum since August 2008. She has a diverse education and work experience including archaeology and accounting. Starting her work career as an more »

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Oct 25 – Urban Asia Series – Alana Boland presents “Both Spectacular and Mundane: The Greening of Urban China, 1990-2010″.

October 10, 2012 8:28 pm : Events
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The CITY Institute and the York Centre for Asian Research jointly present “Both Spectacular and Mundane: The Greening of Urban China, 1990-2010″ with Prof. Alana Boland (Department of Geography, Program of Planning, University of Toronto). This event will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 12:00-2:00pm in 626 York Research Tower. Alana Boland is more »

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City Seminar – Jennifer Keesmaat – Friday October 5, 2012

October 4, 2012 11:09 pm : Events, News
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The City Institute at York University (CITY) and the Faculty of Environmental Studies present: The City Seminar Jennifer Keesmaat Chief Planner, City of Toronto “Re-imagining Planning in Practice in Toronto” Friday October 5, 2012 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in room 140 HNES Building, York University. As the newly engaged Chief Planner for the more »

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Shelley Hornstein Guest Lecture at University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design

October 3, 2012 7:44 pm : Events
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Shelley Hornstein (Faculty of Visual Arts) will be presenting as the Gillmor Visiting Lecturer at the University of Calgary Architecture Program within the Faculty of Environmental Design. Shelley will be presenting “Arcadia and Augments: The Space of Appearance in Recent Architecture” as part of the Design Matter Lecture Series. This lecture will be held in more »

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“Going to School: A Transit Summit” – Friday September 28

September 17, 2012 7:35 pm : Events, News
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The “Going to School: A Transit Summit” will take place on Friday September 28, 2012 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, followed by a reception. This forum is a call to action for the coordinated and sustained funding, construction and maintenance of a regional transit system to support and enhance the civic and economic vitality more »

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Video release from “Populating the New Transit Corridors” presentation

June 19, 2012 8:50 pm : Events, News
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The event co-sponsored by CITY, “Populating the New Transit Corridors: Vancouver’s Recent Experience along the Cambie Cooridor of the Canada Line” is now available to be viewed online. The talk featured a presentation by Jim Bailey (Senior Planner, City of Vancouver) and Ron Kellett (UBC), and a panel discussion.

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SUBURBTALKS- Seminar by Florian Koch

June 19, 2012 3:05 pm : Events
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Dr. Florian Koch (Department of History and Social Sciences Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia) will be presenting “Urban planning and governance processes at the city fringe: The case of Barranquilla, Colombia” as part of SUBURBTALKS on Tuesday, June 26 from 2:00-3:00pm in Room 626 in the York Research Tower. This presentation will report on recent more »

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CITY and the Global Suburbanisms MCRI Project co-sponsor the launch of “Time and the Suburbs: The Politics of Built Environments and the Future of Dissent”

May 22, 2012 5:43 pm : Events
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The City Institute and the Global Suburbanisms MCRI Project at York University are proud to co-sponsor the Toronto launch of Rohan Quinby’s new book,  Time and the Suburbs: The Politics of Built Environments and the Future of Dissent, (Winnipeg: Arbeiterring Publishing 2011). This event will be held on Satuday, June 2nd at 4:00pm, at Type Books more »

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CITY and NDP jointly host summit, “”Re-imagining Our Cities: Towards a Comprehensive Strategy for the Urban Economies of Southern Ontario”

April 24, 2012 4:37 pm : Events
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The CITY Institute and the NDP jointly presented a summit addressing social and economic challenges for Toronto, titled “Re-imagining Our Cities: Towards a Comprehensive Strategy for the Urban Economies of Southern Ontario.” The event was held Friday, April 13th and was also featured in a recent NOW magazine article. The latest federal budget focuses heavily more »

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Press Release: “Re-imagining Our Cities” – April 13, 2012

April 12, 2012 7:56 pm : Events, News
NDP AND CITY INSTITUTE TO HOST SUMMIT ADDRESSING SOCIAL, ECONOMIC CHALLENGES FOR TORONTO Friday April 13, 2012 The latest federal budget focuses heavily on resource extraction, but has no plan for Canada’s urban centres – where 80 percent of Canadians actually live. Join NDP MP Matthew Kellway (Beaches-East York), Roger Keil, Director of The City more »

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April 21: “Future of Cities” Tour at Das Haus

April 9, 2012 9:46 pm : Events, News
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The CITY institute and the Goethe Institute jointly present the “Future of Cities” Tour at Das Haus, on Saturday, April 21 from 2:00-3:00m. This event will be held at the Das Haus Pavilion at Exhibition Place. The series, “The Future of Cities” examines some distinct aspects of new urban environments: the emergence of new global more »

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March 30 City Seminar – Shawn Micallef presents “How to fall in love with your city, while avoiding a culture war”

February 21, 2012 6:00 pm : Events
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Shawn Micallef  (Spacing Magazine)  presents “How to fall in love with your city, while avoiding a culture war” as part of the City Seminar Series. This event will be held on Friday, March 30th in room 140, HNES Building from 2:30 to 4:00 pm. Everyone is welcome. Listen to an audio recording of the presentation. more »

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March 9th- Book Launch for “Lumpencity: Discourses of Marginality / Marginalizing Discourses”, co-edited by Markus Kip

February 21, 2012 4:12 pm : Events
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Markus Kip, graduate student with CITY, and will be promoting the launch of the new book “Lumpencity: Discourses of Marginality / Marginalizing Discourses”. Markus was a co-editor of this publication, which was a follow up to to a conference with the same held in March 2009. This event will be held on Friday, March 9th more »

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March 2nd City Seminar: John van Nostrand presents “Planning and Unplanning Toronto”

February 9, 2012 7:20 pm : Events
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John van Nostrand (founding principal of planningAlliance)  presents “Planning and Unplanning Toronto” as part of the City Seminar Series. This event will be held on Friday, March 2nd in 305 York Lanes from 12:30pm-2pm. Everyone is welcome. Download poster. Listen to an audio recording of the presentation. Roger Keil (Director, CITY Institute) John van Nostrand more »

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February 22 – CITY co-sponsors “Populating the New Transit Corridors: Vancouver’s Recent Experience along the Cambie Cooridor of the Canada Line”

February 7, 2012 6:55 pm : Events
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The City Institute is co-sponsoring a presentation with the Neptis Foundation, the Cities Centre at the University of Toronto, the Toronto Society of Architects and the City of Vaughan. “Populating the New Transit Corridors: Vancouver’s Recent Experience along the Cambie Cooridor of the Canada Line” will feature a presentation by Jim Bailey (Vancouver) and Ron more »

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February 16th SUBURBSTALKS: Adaoma C. Patterson speaks on Poverty in the Region of Peel

January 9, 2012 12:54 am : Events
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On Thursday, February 16th please join us to hear Adaoma C. Patterson, (Specialist at the Peel Region Poverty Strategy) present “Does Poverty Exist in Peel Region?” as part of the “SUBURBSTALKS” seminar series. The talk will take place between 12:00 and 1:30pm in 305 York Lanes. Everyone is welcome. Download Poster. Download the Presentation. Download the more »

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February 3rd City Seminar: “Growing up in the suburbs: The hidden costs of social mobility for the children of immigrant parents”

January 8, 2012 7:16 pm : Events
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Carl James (Director, Centre for Education & Community at York University), presents “Growing up in the suburbs: The hidden costs of social mobility for the children of immigrant parents” as part of the City Seminar series. The event will be held on Friday, February 3rd in 305 York Lanes from 12:30pm-2pm. Everyone is welcome. Download more »

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