#FGoes: City Building & Social Impact
July 19, 2014
This week, we organized a panel discussion surrounding City Building & Social Impact, aiming to explore the future of ever-expanding urban communities. Four brilliant design minds, two of which we’re lucky to call our clients, joined us at Soho House Toronto to discuss topics includng building process, architecture and design, environmental footprint, accessibility, and cultural and social impact. Some of the city’s finest in design, architecture and the arts attended with open minds and stimulating questions, that contributed to an engaging discussion led by moderator and President of Canada's Design Museum, Design Exchange, Shauna Levy.
The panelists included:
Mazyar Mortazavi - President and CEO of TAS, a community-focused developer with an approach founded on Four Pillars of Sustainability, ensuring that each project recognizes and responds to the social, cultural, economic and environmental drivers of a community.
Alex Josephson - Co-Founder of PARTISANS, a design syndicate that's working to redefine the future of architecture, urban planning, industrial and interior design.
Alex Bozikovic - Architecture Critic and Editor for The Globe and Mail and journalist among other publications including Wallpaper*, Dwell, Azure, Toronto Life, Frame, Metropolis, and Architectural Digest, with over a decade of experience covering architecture, design and urbanism.
Top quotes of the evening:
“Forget having a 15 or even 20 year plan, we need a 100 year plan. We need to look further ahead to plan for the future.” - Alex Josephson
“City planning needs a better process – one that allows for a cohesive conversation to take place between its citizens and builders." - Mazyar Mortazavi
“Public space plays an important role in bringing community together and pleasure among people. It’s a place in the city where everyone can find an opportunity – spaces that neglect this are there just for spectacle, they’re not open.” - Alex Bozikovic
"The new Union Station will be built as a platform for engagement, and culinary and cultural experience. It will be the epitomization of what is great in Toronto.” - Alex Josephson
“Building in the city requires a lens to go beyond; to understand what you do and its impact. I believe in creating an impact that makes the city a more equitable place to live." - Mazyar Mortazavi