Big moves | Small places
Thursday February 13, 2014
Big moves / Small places focuses on the current state of the planning and urban design for the Eglinton LRT which is being carried out by Metrolinx and the City of Toronto. This work will be examined against the polarities of regional-versus-local and utopia-versus-agency, reflecting on the shortcomings and the opportunities that have yet to be explored in the planning and design process.
John van Nostrand
Over the last three decades, he has been the driving force behind the firms’ domestic and planning, architectural and urban design practices. John has extensive experience leading large, multi-disciplinary consulting teams on sophisticated architecture and urban development projects in Ontario, across Canada and around The World, including a number of major housing and urban development projects in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Canada. He has worked in a wide range of developed and developing countries on the planning, design and construction of new communities ranging in size from 150 to 150,000 persons.
John has been widely recognized for his expertise in the planning and design of sustainable housing and communities, as well as on water, sanitation and other major public infrastructures. His work has been recognized with a number of national and international awards, including the World Leadership Award for Town Planning, the Daniel Burnham Award from the American Planning Association, World Habitat Award from UN Habitat, numerous Awards of Excellence from the OAA, RAIC, CIP and OPPI, and many City of Toronto Urban Design Awards.
In 2004, John was awarded the Jane Jacobs Award for Ideas That Matter for his contribution to the advancement of urbanism in Canada. Subsequently, he was one if very few Canadians elected simultaneously as a Fellow of both the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. John is a founding Board Member of the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal as serves as a Core Professional on Harvard University’s Working Group for Sustainable Cities. He has written and lectured extensively on planning topics in Canada and overseas.
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