Toronto’s Urban Land Institute (ULI) Electric Cities Symposium will be held April 24-25 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC). Among the topics to be addressed include defining cities through major parks, reimagining future mobility in the suburbs, identifying disruptive forces in real estate, building neighbourhoods around food and empowering citizens to be the chief planners and place makers.

The Electric Cities Symposium will bring together hundreds of local and global real estate, planning and design professionals, as well as experts from other fields, to discuss the latest ideas for creating vibrant liveable cities, says ULI. For the first time this year, the institute is also inviting leaders from the public to be part of this traditionally industry-only event.



“Modern city building requires a strong collaboration between the industry and the communities we work in to be successful,” says Richard Joy, executive director, ULI

Toronto. “By opening what would be typically an industry event to the public, we hope to help unlock effective city building solutions as our region’s cities tackle unprecedented rapid growth and real estate challenges in both the private and public sectors.”

More than 80 regional and international experts will participate in 28 panels and speaker events.

At a free public event (April 25, 5 pm; Isabel Bader Theatre, 93Charles Street West), internationally renowned architect Elizabeth Diller of Diller Scofidio + Renfro will speak about ambitious design as Toronto prepares for its next stage of development. She will share the visionary work that led to the development of the High Line and Hudson Yards in New York City and compelling projects that showcase the relationship between architecture, landscape and art.

Full program details can be found online. Individual registration fees range from $500 to $800 for full access and can be completed by calling 1-800-321-5011 or visiting  www.toronto.uli.org. Bulk pricing is also available. Entrance to the City of Toronto Public Event is complimentary, but sign up is required through ULI Toronto.