Course Description

This 10-lecture course will be, in part, a sequel to the course offered ten years ago, on how to build successful cities. As in 2014, we will focus on Canadian cities, with particular attention to Toronto.

Over the past decade, the world has experienced dramatic changes that have had a profound impact on cities and are forcing cities to adapt to new realities. Mega-shifts in all spheres – economic, demographic, political, social, environmental, and technological – are putting immense pressures on virtually all of the systems and processes that we depend upon to run successful and sustainably prosperous cities. The challenges we looked at ten years ago – being able to deliver essential services more efficiently, reduce sprawl and environmental damage by better land use and transportation planning, and developing a metropolitan mindset that allows us to collaborate and cooperate on a regional scale – have only intensified. Add to these today’s front-burner issues: growing income and wealth inequities, the affordable housing crisis, intensified by mega immigration growth, continued infrastructure dis-investment and mis-investment, climate change, and the onset of the new world of AI. The case for a new exploration of how a transforming world is affecting cities like Toronto is compelling.

The format will be as follows: Golden and Greenberg will introduce the course in their opening lecture. The following eight lectures on these interwoven challenges will be given by guest experts on the topic for that week. Golden and Greenberg will wrap up the program with a concluding lecture on what are the takeaways from the series.

Course Directors

Ken Greenberg
Ken Greenberg is an urban designer, teacher, writer and former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto. For over four decades he has played a pivotal role on public and private assignments in urban settings throughout North America and Europe, focusing on the rejuvenation of downtowns, waterfronts, neighbourhoods and on campus master planning, regional growth management and new community planning. His work sits at the intersection of urban design, architecture, landscape, mobility, social and economic development.

Ken Greenberg
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Anne Golden

Anne Golden
Anne Golden was appointed Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Special Advisor at Ryerson University in 2012 and President and CEO of The Conference Board of Canada from 2001 to 2012. Previously, she worked at United Way of Greater Toronto, serving as President from 1987 to 2001. Dr. Golden earned national profile for her reports on Homelessness (1999), the Future of the Greater Toronto Area (1996), and most recently Ontario’s Transit Investment Strategy (2013). In 2014, she was a Visiting Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC and published a comparative study of regional transit systems. Dr. Golden was appointed to the Order of Canada (2003) and the Order of Ontario (2013) and is the recipient of eight honorary doctorates and numerous awards, including the Canadian Urban Institute’s Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award and The Conference Board of Canada’s 2012 Honorary Associate Award.

Term and Time

Fall 2024 – starting September 13
9:50 am on Friday morning
Room TBA in York Hall

Course Outline

Two weeks before the course starts, you can download a printable PDF giving the 10-week detailed course outline.

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Lecture Notes

Links to resources such as additional reading or play lists are provided here as the Course Director makes them available during term. Like the course outline, lecture notes open in a new browser tab so that you can download and print them.


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