publication . Article . Conference object . 2017

Toronto’s ‘Vancouverism’: developer adaptation, planning responses and the challenge of design quality

James White; Punter, John;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Mar 2017
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press
  • Country: India
Abstract
This paper examines ‘Vancouverism’ and its recent reproduction at CityPlace on Toronto’s Railway Lands. The developers, Concord Pacific, were centrally involved in producing ‘Vancouverism’ in the 1990s and 2000s. This study examines the design quality of CityPlace and explores the differences between the planning cultures in Vancouver and Toronto. In evaluating the design outcomes, it highlights a mismatch between the public sector’s expectations, the developer’s ambitions and the initial design quality. The paper demonstrates that, despite an increasingly sophisticated system of control, the city of Toronto’s ability to shape outcomes remains limited and, overa...
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free text keywords: Public administration, Urban design, Design control, Sociology, Media studies, Public sector, business.industry, business
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