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HUBURBS: Metrolinx Mobility Hub Symposium

Fri, Apr 15/11 – 9:00am to 3:30pm

Friday, April 15, 2011

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Innis Town Hall

University of Toronto

2 Sussex Avenue

Toronto ON, M5S 1J5 


On Friday, April 15th, the HUBURBS symposium will convene experts from the fields of planning, development, policy, academic research and design to discuss how transportation development can be leveraged to establish a new urban typology: the HUBURBS – a place of connectivity, community and opportunity that can replace the suburb as a more urbanistic and sustainable model for the future of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

The symposium will look at current notions of transit oriented development and innovative models that have emerged in response to specific local, economic and political contingencies that add new dimensions to the discussion.

The symposium is organized around 3 panel discussions:

Part I | Economics of a HUB will explore the economic, developmental and land-use issues that surround the hub. How can new transportation infrastructures be leveraged to create new opportunities for development, urbanization and job creation in sites which are either of low density or fractured in nature? How can transit companies, as land owners, leverage their holdings to set this process in motion?

Part II | Politics of a HUB will look at the political processes involved in gaining support from the range of stakeholders involved in planning a Hub from national to municipal to local levels.

Part III | HUBURBS: Models and Exemplars will explore a number of achieved and proposed high calibre designs for transit hubs. The panel will consist of designers and developers who will present projects that have creatively addressed one or more of the challenges outlined in Parts I and II.

The event will conclude with an extended roundtable discussion of the ideas and projects forwarded throughout the day.



Please click here for the full program [PDF].

Part I | Economics of a HUB

Catalytic Development: Transit Vision to Town Council [see presentation]

Dan Rosenfeld, Senior Deputy, LA County Board of Supervisors

Public-Private Partnerships: At the intersection of Design and Finance [see presentation]

Matti Semiatycki, Assistant Professor of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto


Part II | Politics of a HUB

The Hubbub around Huburbs [see presentation]

Dana Cuff, Professor of Architecture/Urban Design and Urban Planning, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

BART Silican Valley [see presentation]

Carolyn Gonot, Chief Development Officer, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)

Super Métro: Rethinking Paris as a Networked Region [see presentation]

Lara Belkind, Visiting Fellow, SciencesPo, Paris; PhD Candidate, Harvard University


Part III | HUBURBS: Models and Exemplars

TRANSFERS, NODES, HUBS  AND PLACES: Different forms of intermodal exchange [see presentation]

Marcel Smets, Flemish State Architect and Professor of Urbanism at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Sound Transit North Link University Station, Seattle WA [see presentation]

Mark Reddington, LMN Architect

Taming the Bus: Strategies for Urbanizing Suburban Transit Stations [see presentation]

Seth Riseman, Utile, Inc. Architecture + Planning

Stone Soup: Playa Rosa, Los Angeles, CA [see presentation]

Roger Sherman, RSAUD

Marine Gateway, Vancouver BC [see presentation]

David Dove, Busby Perkins & Will



Lara Belkind is an architect and urban planner completing a PhD at Harvard University. Her research examines infrastructure as a site of conflict and negotiation in contemporary Paris. She has taught urban theory and design at the Architectural Association in London, at Yale, and at Harvard and has worked professionally creating large-scale urban redevelopment strategies with public agencies in New York and Washington DC.

Dana Cuff holds her primary appointment in the Department of Architecture and a joint appointment in Urban Planning. She is the founding director of cityLAB, a research center at UCLA that explores the challenges facing the 21st century metropolis through design and research. Cuff's work focuses on urban design, affordable housing, modernism, urban sensing technologies, and the politics of place. She has published widely on these topics, including the books Fast Forward Urbanism (edited with Roger Sherman, Princeton Architectural 2011) and The Provisional City (MIT 2000), a project supported by both the Getty and the National Endowment for the Arts. Through cityLAB, Cuff has expanded her studies of infrastructure, postsuburban Los Angeles, and new formulations of green design, most recently through funded research about the urban design implications of proposed high speed rail. She organized the design ideas competition called WPA 2.0: Working Public Architecture which attracted 400 submissions from students and design professionals around the world in 2009. Dr. Cuff teaches various courses related to the profession of architecture as well as special seminars on cultural issues, architectural theory, and urbanism.

David Dove is a Principal with the award-winning Vancouver studio of Busby Perkins+Will Architects, which has been producing leading-edge green building designs for 25 years. In his 18 years of practice, David has been focused on Corporate, Commercial and Civic projects with a particular interest in transit oriented mixed-use developments. With a portfolio of projects that range from the 65 sm White Rock Operations Centre (Canada's first LEED NC Gold building) to a 95,000 sm mixed-use development that includes a transit hub, the common thread of David's work is an adherence to a rigorous modern aesthetic and a commitment to sustainable design solutions. His design for Simon Fraser University's Blusson Hall was awarded a 2009 Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Medal in Architecture – the province's highest architectural award honouring design excellence. David has worked on projects in Canada, the US and overseas and has lectured broadly on his work at Busby Perkins+Will, issues of Sustainable Architecture and the role of architecture in the addressing this generation's environmental responsibilities.

Carolyn Gonot is the Chief SVRT (or Silicon Valley Rapid Transit) Program Officer at Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA).  She is responsible for the development and implementation of the Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Corridor Program (SVRT). As Chief SVRT Program Officer, she is responsible for overseeing all of the planning and development activities and securing of all of the approvals and funding required for VTA to move forward with final design and construction of the SVRT system. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Gonot was the Chief Development Officer, responsible for direction and coordination of the functions of the Development and Congestion Management Division, including Planning, Project Development, Congestion Management Program, Grants Management and Marketing and Public Affairs.  She has also served as the Deputy Director of the Congestion Management Program at VTA and has been employed by VTA since July 1996.  As Deputy Director, she administered activities and developed policies relating to the long-range countywide transportation plan.  Ms. Gonot worked for transportation consulting firms before joining VTA.  Her education includes a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.  

Mark Reddington FAIA, design partner of Seattle's LMN Architects, is widely recognized for his innovative and integrative designs of civic places. Reddington's award winning designs continue to transform the civic landscape in Seattle as well as cities such as Vancouver BC, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Memphis, San Antonio, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. Mark's design leadership has been instrumental in establishing LMN as a leader in the design of public places, resulting in projects that have been recognized with over 120 design awards, including a 2011 AIA National Committee on the Environment Award and an AIA National Honor Award for the Vancouver Convention Centre West project in Vancouver BC. He is a frequent presenter and awards jury member for universities, and civic and professional organizations throughout North America. His work has been published nationally and internationally throughout Europe and Asia. The prominence and significant public impact of his work is demonstrated by widespread acclaim not only from architecture critics, but also urban design writers, music and arts experts, technical journals, accessibility advocates, broadcast media, and civic organizations. He is currently completing designs for 2 transit stations, and the associated urban planning, for the evolving Sound Transit system in the Seattle region. Each is integrated into unique settings engaging the surrounding pedestrian, bicycle, bus and auto mobility systems as well as major public spaces of the University of Washington campus and private development opportunities.

Seth Riseman is a Boston-based architect and urban designer specializing in the intersection of design with economic development, urban policy, and community planning. He has managed projects in communities across the United States and abroad, most recently, in the United Arab Emirates. At Utile, an architecture and planning firm with an expertise in typology-driven urban design, Seth has worked with public agencies and private developers to design implementable solutions to the overlapping physical, economic and policy dynamics that impact the realization of transit-oriented developments. Seth holds both a Masters in Architecture and a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design as well as a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. He has taught at Northeastern University and the Boston Architectural College.

Dan Rosenfeld is Senior Deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, with responsibility for economic development, land use, sustainability and transportation issues. Mr. Rosenfeld has alternated in his career between public and private-sector service. He has worked previously as Director of Real Estate for the State of California and City of Los Angeles. In the private-sector, Mr. Rosenfeld served as a senior officer with The Cadillac Fairview Corporation, Tishman-Speyer Properties, and Jones Lang LaSalle. He was a founding member of Urban Partners, LLC, a nationally recognized developer of urban infill, mixed-use and transit-oriented real estate. Mr. Rosenfeld is a graduate of Stanford University and the Harvard Business School.

Roger Sherman, AIA is principal of Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design in Los Angeles. His work has been featured on CNN; in Newsweek, Metropolis, and Surface and other magazines, as well as in numerous books, including The Infrastructural City and On Farming, both from Actar. His Duck-and-Cover and Playa Rosa projects were exhibited at the 2009 Int'l Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam; and the 2010 Venice Biennale, respectively. Mr. Sherman is also Co-Director of cityLAB, an urban thinktank at UCLA, where he is also Adjunct Professor. He is author of several books, including LA Under the Influence: the Hidden Logic of Urban Property (Univ. of Minn., 2010); Re: American Dream: New Housing Prototypes for Los Angeles (Princeton Arch'l Press); and co-editor, with Dana Cuff, of Fast Forward: After the Master Plan (Princeton Architectural Press, forthcoming). Roger has taught and lectured widely, including at here at Harvard, as well as at Zocalo Public Square, and New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Matti Siemiatycki is an Assistant Professor of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. His teaching and research focuses on transportation planning, urban decision making, and the processes through which large infrastructure projects are planned, procured, financed and delivered. His published research examines major transit, highway, bridge and tunnel projects carried out in Canada, the United States, India, Britain, Australia and Spain. Before joining the University of Toronto, Siemiatycki worked as a Research Fellow in the Department of Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He holds a PhD in Community and Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia.

Marcel Smets is Flemish State Architect and Professor of Urbanism at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He has been active in the area of history and theory with monographs about Huib Hoste and Charles Buls, as well as reviews about the development of the concept of green suburbs in Belgium and the country's recovery after 1914. He has written articles of architectural criticism for publications such as Archis, Topos, Lotus and Casabella, and has served as a jury member for many competitions. He was a founder member of ILAUD (Urbino, 1976) and visiting professor at the University of Thessalonka (1987) and Harvard (GSD - 2002, 2003, 2004). He has also sat on the scientific commission of EUROPAN since its inception. In 1989, Smets established the Town Planning Project Team (Projectteam Stadsontwerp), a research and development department within Leuven University, which is involved with the restructuring of abandoned industrial areas and derelict harbours and railway yards. He was the chief developer of the widely publicised and highly praised transformation of the area around Leuven station, and for town planning projects which include Antwerp city centre (B), Hoeilaart (B), Turnhout (B), Rouen (F), Genoa (I) and, Conegliano (I). Currently, Smets's research is targeted principally at landscape and infrastructure.



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HUBURBS: Metrolinx Mobility Hub Symposium is hosted by the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto and generously supported by Metrolinx. There is no charge for this event.

About the Image: Expanding itineraries on the Lakeshore West Go line.

Credit: Jameson Skaife (MLA Candidate 2011) and Taslima Afroze (MUD Candidate 2011), Daniels Faculty