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AZURE TALKS: Martha Schwartz – "Landscape, Art and My Existential Crisis"
Jun
22
2:00 PM14:00

AZURE TALKS: Martha Schwartz – "Landscape, Art and My Existential Crisis"

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On June 22, the day after the 2019 AZ Awards Gala, Azure will host a talk by the legendary landscape architect – and climate change activist – Martha Schwartz.

Martha Schwartz is renowned for the vibrant public spaces she has created around the world over the past 40 years: Village of Yorkville Park in Toronto, completed in 1995; Jacob Javits Plaza in New York (1997); the landscaping for the Swiss Re Headquarters in Munich; the re-programming of Place de la République in Paris and a new central park for the Beiqijia Technology Business District in Beijing. Her firm continues to design exhilarating landscapes around the world.

Schwartz herself, however, has switched gears in the past few years. In what she calls her “second career” she is pressing the landscape architecture profession to confront the realities of climate change. In tandem with her work as a tenured professor in practice of landscape of architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she is teaching climate change mitigation, she is also a founding member of the university’s Working Group of Sustainable Cities at and an active member of the Landscape Architecture Foundation Climate Change Task Force.

In “The Long and Winding Road: Landscape, Art, and My Existential Crisis,” the topic of her Azure Talks presentation, Schwartz will discuss the beginning of her career in art, which set the trajectory for her practice – now in its fourth decade – and shaped the field of landscape architecture. And then she will turn to the topic of the climate crisis, and how she has turned her attention in academia towards understanding the science of climate change as well as the solutions that may help to create a pathway forward – with the aim of encouraging others to participate and act in behalf of achieving climate stability.

This talk qualifies for one ConEd structured learning hour. A certificate will be provided by request, post-event.

This Azure Talk is generously supported by our sponsors, Arper and Scavolini; in partnership with the George Brown School of Design.


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 Hot Docs : Toronto Reborn with Ken Greenberg and David Crombie
May
22
6:30 PM18:30

Hot Docs : Toronto Reborn with Ken Greenberg and David Crombie

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Over the last 50 years, Toronto has undergone a startling transformation, developing into one of the world's most culturally and economically dynamic cities. That renaissance is the subject of Toronto Reborn, Ken Greenberg's riveting new account of how the work and decisions of citizens, NGOs, businesses, and governments have all combined to refashion Toronto since the 1970s. Join Greenberg, one of the world's foremost urban designers, as he discusses this remarkable rebirth with former Mayor of Toronto, David Crombie, widely credited for kickstarting the revitalization of the city's neighbourhoods and institutions. At this Toronto debut, the two bold thinkers will assess the challenges that still must be addressed to realize our city’s potential: will Toronto become one of the great, innovative and inclusive global cities of the 21st century, or will it be stymied by inequality and political polarization?

Moderated by Mary Wiens, award-winning journalist and producer for CBC's Metro Morning.

Book sale and signing to follow.

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BEA Atlantic Nova Scotia Launch
Jan
17
7:30 PM19:30

BEA Atlantic Nova Scotia Launch

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Join us for the official launch of Building Equality in Architecture Atlantic (BEA Atlantic) for Nova Scotia, held at 2 Crows Brewing Co. on Thursday January 17, 2019 from 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM in partnership with Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT), a not for profit organization promoting diversity and equity for the profession of architecture. We invite friends, partners, allies, and colleagues to celebrate this exciting initiative and engage in the event by coming together to share ideas on how to propel the initiative forward in Atlantic Canada and celebrate the leaders of respective fields on the east coast.

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Gender, Race and the Incessant Obstacle Course
Jan
17
1:00 PM13:00

Gender, Race and the Incessant Obstacle Course

BEAT’s Managing Director, Camille Mitchell, will be a featured speaker at Toronto’s Interior Design Show in January!

Gender, Race and the Incessant Obstacle Course

The proverbial glass ceiling is an ineffective metaphor to describe the barriers of women, visible minorities and marginalized groups within the architecture profession. There is not a singular challenge or trajectory to overcome when yearning to achieve effective work-life balance, a healthy work environment, or professional recognition. These are among the numerous inherent challenges that young women will encounter along an incessant obstacle course throughout their careers within the architecture profession. And each “obstacle course” is unique to the individual who may decide to endure it or leave if they are not presented opportunities while striving to overcome the many challenges facing them throughout their careers.

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Camille Mitchell Architect, KPMB Architects

Camille Mitchell has been a part of the design team of KPMB Architects since graduating from the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. She was recently part of the design team for the of new Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and is currently a project architect for a new commercial tower development at Bay Adelaide Centre in Toronto. Camille is currently volunteering as the director for the independent organization Building Equality in Architecture, Toronto (BEAT) whose programs are dedicated to creating events and web content that support mentorship, networking and leadership opportunities for women and visible minorities in the profession. She is a firm believer in involving visible minority groups in designing their built environments and participating in various STEM programs. Camille is passionate about promoting architecture as a profession to youth and marginalized communities through career workshops and as a member of OCADU’s Black Youth Design Initiative. She continues to serve as a mentor with the Lifelong Leadership Institute, a program that promotes excellence amongst Black students as they transition to post-secondary education, work that was captured in the CBC Television documentary HERstory in Black that aired September 2017.

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