In covering a wide breadth of topics ranging from high-rise development to public art, UrbanToronto's editorial scope covers the varied components that fall under the rubric of city building. This broad range of concerns, policies and actions has been subject to increased public attention over the past few years, as the new projects and initiatives affect more and more Torontonians. Later this month, Waterfront Toronto will be presenting talks that aim to open up further dialogue about city building, hosted in conjunction with 'in/future', an art and music festival presented by Art Spin in partnership with Small World Music that will run from September 15-25 at Ontario Place.

Cinesphere at Ontario Place, image by Marcus Mitanis

The culmination of the in/future festival will be the planned talks, scheduled for the final day of the festival on September 25th. Presented in the iconic Cinesphere, the event will be hosted by William Fleissig, CEO of Waterfront Toronto. Following an introduction discussing the design of leisure spaces and shared work spaces delivered by Eberhard Zeidler of Zeidler Partnership Architects (designer of Ontario Place and other notable Toronto sites) and Margie Zeidler of Urbanspace Property Group, a number of speakers will discuss topics that touch on our city's ongoing rapid growth.

Speakers will include Vass Bednar of the Martin Prosperity Institute, Lisa Switkin of James Corner Field Operations, Karen Carter of Myseum, Susan Blight of Ogimaa Mikana, and Katerina Cizek of the MIT Open Documentary Lab. The individual topics will each be presented in 12 to 15 minute talks, and will be followed by a moderated closing discussion and a Q&A period from audience members.

The talks will run on Sunday, September 25, 2016, between 2:30 PM and 5:00 PM in the Cinesphere at Ontario Place, located at 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West. Tickets to the event are available for free at this link, while further details about the in/future festival can be found here.