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Urban sprawl is giving way to high-density development; cities and suburbs are growing upwards rather than outwards.

But what does rapidly increasing density really mean for those navigating the built environment? What about technology’s role in all this? These are some of the topics the Toronto Chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a non-profit organization, is hoping to provide some insight into with its first ever fall symposium.

The Emerging Trends and City Building symposium will bring together a host of expert urbanists from tech industry managers to city planners. These authorities will share their thoughts and findings on the evolution of city-building in the Toronto region and beyond.

“Every so often, a city region needs a big conversation,” said Richard Joy, ULI Toronto’s executive director. “That was the thinking that drove the creation of ULI Toronto’s first major Symposium.”


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Among the panelists, Toronto’s chief planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, will be on hand drawing from her experience in helping shape North America’s fourth largest city. Others include Ian Black, Canadian general manager of ride-sharing app Uber, Ellen Dunham-Jones, a Georgia Tech architecture prof and TED Talk speaker, and Richard Florida, CityLab’s co-founder and editor at large. Aseem Inam, founder of the innovative online urbanism platform TRULAB, and Andrew Warren, PricewaterhouseCooper’s real estate research director, round out the list.

“We are very excited to be leveraging ULI’s global network of industry thought leaders to introduce new voices to Toronto’s evolving dialogue on intensification,” said Rob Spanier, ULI Toronto’s chair.


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The two-day event comes on the heels of Urban Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCooper’s Emerging Trends in Real Estate report, a comprehensive annual outlook for Canadian and US real estate investment and development trends, released yesterday. During the symposium, Warren will present key findings from the report.

The symposium kicks off at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre — South Building (222 Bremner Blvd.) with registration and a light breakfast at 7:15am on Monday, November 2nd. Programming continues the next day starting at 8am.

Register for the Urban Land Institute’s Emerging Trends and City Building symposium are available here. For more information on the event, visit the Toronto Chapter’s website.

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