The Symbiotic City Network Blogs are a series of posts about our events, and interviews with people from around the world whose ideas and work in some way advance the cause of understanding and creating regenerative symbiotic cities. We look forward to also hearing your comments on these interviews.

August 2013

Symbiotic Cities Workshop Series: Toronto

Aug 18, 2013 3:24 PM
by Josh Taylor  |  Add Comment



On June 15 we brought together 25 young leaders with backgrounds in policy, planning, architecture and engineering. We came together at the DIALOG studio in Toronto to dive into the 6 key transformations we believe are required for a regenerative, symbiotic city.

This group included members of the initial team which had helped build, and craft the original symbiotic cities definition over a year ago. After a brief introduction, the workshop split into groups to look at specific transformations including food, building design and high-density city planning. Despite a fire alarm and a partial evacuation from the building, we were able to begin exploring the transformations, and identifying the critical questions we need to address. These questions included:

  • How can we make planning decisions at the level of the bio-region, in terms of carrying capacity and natural boundaries such as watersheds?
  • If a regenerative building were a person, what would its rituals be? How can we imagine the regenerative building as a combination of biological and mechanical processes?

A key action item from the workshop is the creation of Symbiotic City Design Jams and we will be hosting design jams in the Fall on regenerative building and community design.  Thank you to all those who attended and please contact us if you would like to be involved in future events!

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