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A Man with a Plan

Somewhere in Toronto’s City Hall bureaucrats are assessing property taxes and dispatching road crews – the daily wheels in motion. Downstairs in the café on Nathan Phillips Square, Robert Freedman is talking about the big picture – the Toronto of five, 10, even 50 years from now. Freedman (BA 1984 University College, LLB 1987), the city’s director of urban design, describes a vibrant and thriving place…

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Meeting of the Minds Speaker – Robert Freedman

Robert Freedman is an Urban Design Consultant with over twenty five years of experience working in a wide variety of urban and suburban environments in both the public and private sectors…

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Meet the man who helps make TO look good

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Streetscape Manual

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Design Review Panel

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City of Toronto Townhouse Guidelines

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Transit / Land Use Integration:Lessons from Toronto

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The Toronto challenge

Didn’t anybody speak the truth to Robert Freedman, the new urban-design director for the City of Toronto? Whispered that the city has changed since he left it 14 years ago for the United States? That now people walk over people lying in the streets, that there are regular shootings at dance clubs, that there are dangerous levels of carcinogens in the air that we breathe?…

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TV Interviews:

TORONTO 2061: Toronto the big, or the great?

Over the next 50 years, there is no doubt Toronto will grow in size. But will it be a better city to live in, or just merely bigger? Urban planning expert Richard Florida says the planning to make Toronto a world-class city in the same league as Paris or New York in the next 50 years must start now…

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PowerPoint Presentations:

“Towards a Sustainable and Authentic Canadian Urbanism”

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Tall Buildings:

Toronto Curates its Skyline With Tall Building Design Guidelines

An update to Toronto’s Tall Building Design Guidelines seeks to address problems with the seven-year-old planning document, while strengthening the protections afforded historic properties, key sightlines, and local context…

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Tall Building Design Guidelines

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“Higher Learning”: Toronto’s 2013 Tall Building Design Guidelines

In mid-April this year Toronto’s Planning and Growth Committee adopted a document called the Tall Buildings Design Guidelines to evaluate the design of new tall buildings in the city. I sat down for coffee with Robert Freedman, Director of Urban Design for the City of Toronto, at City’s Hall’s Café on the Square to learn what the new document means our cityscape…

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Tall Building Symposium

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New Toronto tall building design guidelines aim to protect views of sky, sun, heritage

Toronto is more than ever a city of skyscrapers, and so it is prudent they don’t scrape anybody the wrong way…

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Mid Rise Buildings:

Finding the middle ground

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Avenues and Mid-rise Buildings Study

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Mid Rise Symposium

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Urban Design Awards:

Winners of Toronto Urban Design Awards 2009

“The winners of the 2009 Toronto Urban Design Awards, the 6th since amalgamation, were recently announced. The award program celebrates the best urban design in Toronto. Unlike other design awards programs that highlight individual projects, the Urban Design Awards honor the improvements to urban life made by designers who are focusing on context…

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City on the rise: Toronto Urban Design Awards

A night about design, and it turned into a civic pep rally. That was the Toronto Urban Design Awards ceremony last Monday night, when the city handed out prizes to the best buildings, landscapes and urban planning ideas of the past two years. After all the negativity of the Port Lands debate…

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