From June 26th to June 30th, the Rotunda at Metro Hall will host the second edition of Toronto of the Future. Focusing on the evolution of the city's built form, the five-day showcase will bring together lauded and well-known firms from the global architectural stage. The free event promises "a unique display of ideas for commercial, industrial, and residential architecture, and urban infrastructure and transportation projects that will shape Canada's most dynamic city in the years to come." 

Is a new Rail Deck Park in the city's future? Image by Marcus Mitanis Is a new Rail Deck Park in the city's future? Image by Marcus Mitanis

Co-hosted by the City of Toronto and Oxford Properties Group, the exhibit "will feature groundbreaking 3D scale models, illustrations, renderings and virtual presentations from top architects, contractors, developers and government agencies, including the Planning Division of the City of Toronto." This year's architectural exhibitors include Zeidler Architects, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Quadrangle, Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects, WilkinsonEyre, Diamond Schmitt, Hariri Pontarini Architects, WZMH, Turner+Valladares, Icon, +VG, Alva Roy, and B+H Architects, among others.

Toronto-based Hariri Pontarini will also be presenting a detailed 3D model of the city's entire urban core, while the London-based team from Foster + Partners will ship a series of 3D models from U.K., giving attendees a rare look at some of the firm's high-profile Toronto projects. Headed by Sir Norman Foster, the firm is designing two of Toronto's most anticipated high-rise projects, with what could be Canada's first supertall building in The One, and the nearby Bay + Scollard. 

Updated poster, image via Toronto of the Future Updated poster, image via Toronto of the Future

This year, UrbanToronto joins the event as a Platinum Sponsor, with our own Managing Editor Craig White acting as MC for the opening night ceremony, held in the King Tower Wintergarden on June 26th. Featuring a keynote address from Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat, the event will take place at 6:00 PM, with a limited number of tickets available

In advance of the five-day event, Keesmaat has stated that "the timing is excellent for Toronto of the Future." The Chief Planner noted that "Toronto is a leading city in the western hemisphere with respect to the unprecedented scale of urbanization, redevelopment and renewal we see today. We expect this trend of rapid change to continue and as a result we need to continue to push our thinking with respect to what the city could become."

More information about Toronto of the Future is available via the event's official website, linked here. The opening ceremony is a ticketed event, and reservation inquires can be directed to rjv@rjv.com.