Shirley Blumberg: "The Space Between: Improving Toronto's Public Realm & Why It Matters."
The public realm, and associated sense of community, is inextricably linked to the physical spaces in which it exists. These spaces -- how buildings are connected to streets and sidewalks, how close buildings are to one another and their proximity to squares, plazas and parks -- ultimately have an effect on the types of interaction and engagement that occur. Are we creating space for the public realm and community to exist and flourish? Is the physical space of our city and neighbourhoods enriching civic life in Toronto?
About Shirley Blumberg
Shirley Blumberg, a founding partner of KPMB Architects, has worked on a range of mixed-use developments to highly specialized learning and cultural institutions, many involving revitalizations of heritage contexts. Shirley’s completed projects include the James Stewart Centre for Mathematics at McMaster University, Canada’s National Ballet School, the Gardiner Museum, TIFF Bell Lightbox, and the CIGI Campus in Waterloo which received a RIBA Award in 2012. Currently she is working on the Art Gallery of Saskatchewan, the new Alumni Centre and Ponderosa Commons for the University of British Columbia, and the Library District and Block 32 for Toronto Community Housing.
Shirley has served on the City of Toronto Design Review Panel and is currently a member of the Regent Park Design Review Panel.
2016 Summer Conference
The Canada Project
Identity, Citizenship, and Nationhood in a Changing World
August 5-7, 2016
The YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre, Orillia, ON