The Centre for City Ecology and the University of Toronto is inviting interested citizens, activists, architects, artists, and planners to attend "Hands on Urbanism: How to Make a Difference". The event will look at various ideas of appropriating land in urban spaces and tackling the challenges of urban development.

Hands-On Urbanism; Ma Po Po Farm, Ma Shi Po Village, Hong KongHands-On Urbanism; Ma Po Po Farm, Ma Shi Po Village, Hong Kong. Photograph by Shu-Mei Huang

"Hands on Urbanism: How to Make a Difference" consist of three parts, an Exhibition, a Keynote Lecture and a Symposium. The exhibition, on now, runs until March 7, 2014 at Urbanspace Gallery

The Keynote Lecture will be presented by Elke Krasny on Friday, February 28, 2014 at URBANSPACE GALLERY from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Her lecture will give a historiographic overview on Hands-On Urbanism since the mid-19th century.

The Symposium will be held at John H Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design on Saturday, March 1, 2014. This full day event will focus on two themes: "Changing Conditions. Toward an Architecture of Engagement" in the morning and The Right to Green. Toward Self-Organisation and Communal Landscapes in the afternoon.

For those interested in attending any one of their events, admission is free. The gallery is located at 401 Richmond Street West. RVSPs are required for the Keynote Lecture and the Symposium.