28th Annual Toronto Planning Dinner
Speaker: Mitchell J. Silver
Parks: Scarcity, Equity, Safety, Affordability, Priority! Are we achieving what we can and must from our parks in an accelerating intensification context?
At the 28th Annual Dinner, on World Town Planning Day, we are thrilled to welcome internationally-recognized planner, Mitchell J. Silver. Mitchell will share his experiences and insights on the importance of parks to our rapidly intensifying and diversifying communities and the complexities and opportunities he has encountered in delivering and operating these spaces.
Mitchell, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, was named one of the top international thought leaders of the built environment in 2012, by the Urban Times and UBM Future Cities named him one of the top 100 City Innovators in the world in 2013. Mitchell’s work has been featured extensively in the press, including: Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Guardian (U.K.), Philadelphia Inquirer, Huffington Post, Associated Press, Planning Magazine, BBC World News and National Public Radio (NPR).
Mitchell is a Fellow and the immediate past President of the American Planning Association (APA). He has been at the centre of many cutting-edge innovative solutions and visionary plans, including Harlem on the River and Vision for Jamaica Center in New York City. He has also been involved with the revitalization of neighbourhoods from New York City to Philadelphia, Washington and Raleigh and has taught graduate planning courses at many preeminent educational institutions such as Harvard University, The City University of New York, and Pratt Institute.