Powers of Towers

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Canadian urbanism magazine Spacing has just release a fantastic short film on Toronto’s Tower Neighbourhood Renewal project, focusing on the work of Graeme Stewart and Sabina Ali, recipients of the 2014 Jane Jacobs Prize.

Graeme Stewart is an architect who has led research and advocacy efforts to make sweeping changes to the restrictive zoning regulations in tower apartment neighbourhoods that prevent residents from activating their public spaces and experiencing complete communities. Sabina Ali formed the Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee and led the creation of a neighbourhood market and countless other initiatives to activate her neighbourhood park and form a strong sense of community around it. Both Graeme and Sabina have contributed to the City Builder Book Club’s reading of Arrival City by presenting in our webinars this winter.

The film highlights Graeme and Sabina’s work – from the top down and the ground up – and how their efforts have been instrumental in shifting the way we think about and live in Toronto’s tower neighbourhoods.

You can watch the film here.