Cities

Convocation 2014 grads to watch: city builders

Author: 
Jelena Damjanovic

Universities play a key role in building and strengthening cities, helping them connect with the world and reinvent themselves in dynamic ways.

And this week, as the University of Toronto celebrates the achievements of its newest alumni, many of those graduates are already hard at work creating better buildings, safer streets and healthier communities.

Writer Jelena Damjanovic spoke with four U of T city builders about how their work is strengthening cities and communities across North America.

Waste not, want not: the cost of throwing out perfectly good food

Sub-title: 
U of T to host food waste symposium on November 24
Author: 
Dominic Ali

Many kids have faced mothers who threatened punishment for not eating everything on their plates and wasting food. But, judging from the estimated $27 billion worth of food Canadians throw away each year, that tactic hasn’t worked.

Things may change with the upcoming food waste symposium taking place at the University of Toronto November 24, organized by Trudeau Foundation Scholar and PhD candidate Tammara Soma and Lauren Baker, a U of T course instructor and Toronto Food Policy Council member. 

Global Cities conference in Brazil sees important progress for U of T, USP

Sub-title: 
Forging new research partnerships with University of Sao Paulo (USP)
Author: 
Paul Fraumeni

Urban issues, from the role of the university in the city to infrastructure, resilience and sustainability, were the focus of the recent Global Cities 2014 joint conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Alumni John Tory, Bonnie Crombie, Linda Jeffrey take on mayoralties as U of T experts named to Tory transition team

Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

With half a million of them around the world, a few alumni were bound to lead political change in the heated GTA elections this week – and some claimed the top spots.

John Tory, a graduate of U of T’s Trinity College, and Bonnie Crombie, a graduate of St. Michael’s College, were voted mayors-elect for Toronto and Mississauga respectively, while City of Brampton voters elected University of Toronto Mississauga alumna Linda Jeffrey.

Making cities more accessible for everyone

Sub-title: 
Ron Buliung on active transport and inclusive design
Author: 
Dominic Ali

Ron Buliung’s interest in urban design initially started with his travels to Europe and India where he saw how different cities dealt with issues such as space, wealth, poverty, street life, congestion and transport.

But his research became intensely personal with the birth of his youngest daughter, who was born with the genetic neuromuscular disease known as spinal muscular atrophy. The disease profoundly limits her physical mobility, and she requires a power chair to move around on her own. 

U of T Cities podcast final episode: future cities

Sub-title: 
Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, Richard Florida, Patricia McCarney and Meric Gertler
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

It's been a long road to election day in Toronto.

But – regardless of which candidates come out on top – all the ideas brought to life through debates, platforms, opinion pieces and public discussion will result in a new city and set its citizens on a new path.

U of T Cities podcast episode three: sustainable cities

Sub-title: 
Experts describe Toronto's future buildings, transit and economy
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

With the election just a week away, voter decisions are coming down to the wire: when it comes time to actually cast their ballot, will the choice they make help build a better Toronto?

The latest in U of T News' mini-series of podcasts tackles the question of sustainability to offers voters – and anyone interested in the future of urban issues – an idea of what global cities like Toronto could look like just a few years from now.

UTSC students using Toronto mayoral race as “election laboratory”

Author: 
Dominic Ali

It has all the ingredients of a political thriller or a slapstick comedy: controversial mayoral debates, aggressive attacks ads, last-minute candidate switcheroos. 

And for 20 lucky University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) undergraduates, the political mud-slinging and shenanigans of the city's 2014 municipal election campaign are also proving to be a fascinating learning experience.

Not sure which mayoral candidate aligns with your values? Vote Compass can help

Sub-title: 
Startup from political science PhD empowering voters from here to Australia
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

During all the drama and flair of an election, it can be hard for voters to separate their feelings about candidates' personalities from the substance of their platforms and promises.

And in a hotly contested race such as the one leading up to Toronto’s mayoral election, where dramatic changes in the city’s course are close at hand, citizens are questioning – perhaps more deeply than usual –  who should get their vote.

The answer could be just a few clicks away.

U of T Cities podcast episode two: the future of transit

Sub-title: 
Meeting the U of T experts and startups reimagining transit downtown and beyond
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

No matter which box Torontonians check on October 27, this city is on a course for change.
 

U of T News is presenting a mini-series of podcasts aimed at giving voters – or anyone interested in the future of cities – an idea of what Toronto and other global cities could look like just a few years from now, as the urban-focused research and businesses developed by University of Toronto experts come to life.

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