Webinar: Planning for Urban Resilience and Inclusive Cities: Lessons from Toronto

June 12, 2018

Why do diversity, inclusion, and resilience matter to cities? Diversity is often celebrated in city branding and promotion. Toronto’s city motto “Diversity Our Strength” conveys social, cultural, and political meanings, but what does successful (and unsuccessful) spatial and physical manifestations of diversity in our city landscapes actually look like? From affordable housing, to transit, to parks, to settlement services, our cities can make smart investments of the public realm to create equitable and inclusive infrastructure and culturally sensitive services.

Dr. Zhixi Zhuang, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University (Toronto) in conversation with Dr. Stacy Harwood, Department of Urban & Regional Planning, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) to discuss planning for urban resilience in a multicultural context, and how municipal planning policies can create safe, accessible, and inclusive public spaces while promoting intercultural social interactions and understanding.

This webinar is produced in partnership with Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS)

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Dr. Zhixi Cecilia Zhuang, Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning. Ryerson University

Dr. Zhixi Zhuang is an Associate Professor at Ryerson University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning and a Registered Professional Planner in Ontario. Her passion for city- and community-building has led to her research on how ethnocultural diversity affects urban landscapes and municipal policies and planning. Her current research projects explore suburban ethnic place-making practices in the Greater Toronto Area and how municipalities could enhance the advantages of ethnocultural diversity for suburban retrofitting and inclusive community building.

Dr. Stacy Harwood, Associate Professor, Department of Urban & Regional Planning, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)

Stacy Harwood is an associate professor in the Department of Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Illinois, Urban-Champaign. She received her PhD in Planning from the University of Southern California. The heart of her research and teaching focuses on urban planning process in multicultural communities in the United States, including: building planning capacity in marginalized communities; local policy making in immigrant communities; and everyday racism in “inclusive” spaces.

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