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Waterfront Toronto Approved Plans To Be Unveiled at the ROM


Free Public Lecture and Q&A reveal future of Lower Don Lands

The Toronto Society of Architects and the Institute for Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) present a free public presentation of the approved plans for Toronto’s Lower Donlands. The event will be held Monday September 19, 2011 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in the Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, followed by a brief question and answer session.

Michael Van Valkenburgh, winner of Waterfront Toronto’s 2007 International Design Competition for the Lower Don Lands, will provide an overview of the plans for this complex and ambitious project that were unanimously approved by Toronto City Council in 2010. The presentation will touch on the myriad requirements and challenges faced, the comprehensive process employed to produce the plan and the final design solution.

Michael Van Valkenburgh, FASLA, is principal of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA), a landscape architecture firm that creates environmentally sustainable and experientially rich places across a wide range of landscape scales. Van Valkenburgh is the recipient of many awards, most recently the 2011 Design Medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects. For further information on MVVA, see

About the ICC
A window on contemporary societies around the globe, the ROM’s Institute for Contemporary Culture plays a vital role within the historical museum, exploring current cultural, social and political issues around the world through contemporary art, photography, architecture and design.

About the TSA
Established in 1887, the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) is a non-profit volunteer-based organization comprised of architects, professionals from sister organizations, and members of the community that are interested in architecture and urban issues. The TSA is the local Chapter of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), which is the licensing and regulatory body that governs the practice of architecture in Ontario.

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