On November 27, 2012, the City of Toronto’s Tower Renewal Office invited a group of fifty researchers engaged in work relating to Tower Renewal and high-rise communities to gather at Metro Hall and discuss their recent and upcoming projects.
The event, Tower Renewal Research: Taking Stock, was co-sponsored by the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership, based at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and Cities Centre at the University of Toronto. Taking Stock built on the work of the Cities Centre’s Tower Renewal symposia in past years.
The event began with an overview of Tower Renewal’s recent initiatives, including the Recipe for Community project in St. James Town, neighbourhood improvements in Weston-Mt. Dennis, the citywide Solid Waste Field Test and Ontario Power Authority’s Energy Efficiency Services Provider Initiative.
Attendees were then treated to 16 brief presentations from a variety of disciplines. Each presenter highlighted their current and upcoming projects relating to Tower Renewal. The presenters represented a large swath of subject areas: social work, environment, geography, transportation, culture, planning, public health, engineering and architecture.
The presentations outlined several ongoing research projects and initiatives that align closely with Tower Renewal.