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Last year’s NXT City Party. Photo: NXT City Prize

NXT City, a not-for-profit organization focused on getting young people involved with urban-design issues, is hosting a one-day symposium all about public space.

The re:Public event runs from 8am to 5pm on November 25th at District 28, a one-time factory at 28 Logan Avenue in Toronto’s east end. Expect to see panel discussions and speakers including Jennifer Keesmaat, Toronto’s chief planner (who BuzzBuzzNews recently interviewed) and MP Adam Vaughan.

NXT City says, “The symposium theme, re:Public, will explore the democratization of public spaces, with topics ranging from accessibility and private ownership to technologies that enhance community experiences.”

This symposium builds on NXT City’s annual NXT City Night Party, which is set to take place on-site at 8pm on the same day. Inside the 18,000-square-foot former industrial building on Logan Avenue, attendees will see a collection of installations from artists and designers.

Tickets, which cost $150 plus fees and taxes and include entry to both the symposium and party, can be ordered online from nowtickets.ca.

The party celebrates the NXT City Prize — NXT City’s youth design competition open to submissions from the under-35 crowd — and this year’s winners, who will take home $5,000, will be announced in the evening.

Last year, The Urban Dock, a plan to build a boardwalk-like platform atop breakwater infrastructure off the shores of Lake Ontario, won first prize.

The 2016 NXT City Prize shortlist will be revealed November 22nd on NXT City’s website.

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