The Dutch delegation (largest from Europe in fact) visit to CaGBC 2016 in Toronto was a success. The companies ANDRS, Verosol, Jaga, Priva and Reppel had their respresentatives at the pavilion. Also Parallel 52 was represented by Anke van Hal, one of the initiators. Overall, the exhibition, next to the conference was a good way to interact with the 1500 attendees: city planners, architects, local government agencies and companies. During the week Parallel 52 organized a virtual meeting at CISCO offices (Toronto, Amsterdam) in which greening of exisiting offices was the topic.
Dutch architect Paul de Ruiter, one of the most inspiring green architects in The Netherlands, is a keynote speaker during the CaGBC-conference Building Lasting Change 2016 in Toronto, June 6 till 8. He will speak about the CO2-neutral society in the morning of June 7.
Challenge your design students by entering the Canada 150 Environmental Design Competition 2017. College and university students from Canada and abroad are invited to create designs of Canadian local places, natural and built environments on the theme Proud, Strong and Free to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.
Fanshawe College in London Ontario organized a Renew the Environment urban design competition for College and University students in Ontario. The goal of the competition was to improve the Western Fair District in London in a social, environmental and profitable way. Two specialists not related to London were invited to be part of the jury; Professor Michael von Hausen from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver (author of the book Dynamic Urban Design) and Dutch sustainable building professor Anke van Hal.
The City of Toronto has announced it will use a $25-million donation from two local philanthropists to build a new trail and “cultural spaces” on the unused land under the Gardiner Expressway. The initiative, called “Project: Under Gardiner,” is a partnership between the city and Waterfront Toronto that aims to transform approximately 10 acres of unused land under the expressway into “vibrant community spaces that will play host to a range of cultural programming.” (Source: CTV News Toronto)