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Growing and Supporting our Public Realm


24 November 2016
Location: Toronto
Provider: Shimmerman Penn

Time: November 24 | 8:00 - 10:30 AM 
Gardiner Museum 

Gabriel Leung, VP Development,  Concord Adex
Kelvin Browne, Executive Director and CEO, Gardiner Museum
Judy Mathews, Philanthropist, Under the Gardiner Project
Jane Perdue, Public Art Coordinator, Urban Design, City Planning 
Chris Pommer, Architect, Plant Architects 

Marcus Gee, Columnist, Globe and Mail

Private Spaces, Public Interests: Growing and supporting our public realm through smart policy 
The success of Waterfront Toronto's redevelopment project and the promise of the reclamation of unused space under the crosstown Gardiner Expressway has reinvigorated the discussion about the way the city treats public space, often designated as Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS), the question increasingly becomes, how does the private sector engage with public spaces in a way that benefits both? 

Looking at successful projects from across the spectrum, this talk will explore the ways private development can successfully intersect with the public realm, and uncover ideas for policies to help our public spaces flourish.  

The panel will explore: 
- What kinds of incentives developers are looking for when developing POPS
- How the division of space maintenance responsibility impacts the long term outcomes of these spaces
- How developers are designing with the public realm in mind
- How firms can approach the bid process in a way that puts public space at the forefront
- Unique examples of privately supported public spaces from around the world

Shimmerman Penn's team will provide resources that highlight our firm's capabilities and services focused on the architecture, engineering and design sectors. 

- $25 (including HST) 
- Once you have registered online at you will be invoiced. 

To register click here

Registration and continental breakfast opens at 8:00 AM. 

For further information:
Please contact Amanda Duvall of Shimmerman Penn LLP by e-mail at or by phone at 416-964-7200.