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Addressing Rapid Urban Growth in Canada: Antonio Gómez-Palacio Joins Panel Discussion Hosted By OALA

March 20, 2024

In celebration of Landscape Architecture Month, DIALOG Chair Antonio Gómez-Palacio and fellow thought leaders will join a panel discussion, hosted by the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects, addressing sustainability, affordable housing, and the quality of life in Canadian cities on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, in Toronto.

Event Details

Date:                                              Wednesday, April 3, 2024
Time:                                              6-8:30 p.m. ET
Location:                                       Innis College, 2 Sussex Ave., Toronto, Ontario
Fee:                                                $15

Click HERE to register for the event.

The Life and Death of Canadian Cities – An Interdisciplinary Debate

Housing is arguably the most important issue for Canadians today. Canada’s rapid urban growth, fueled by the housing affordability crisis, is polarizing public debate and pitting the moral imperative for housing against the values we hold dear in the city – open space, sunlight, a comfortable microclimate, and a high-quality public realm. In building great cities for the future, we should not have to choose between affordable housing and a livable city.

Join six city change makers for a robust conversation as they share their perspectives on the rapid urban growth and quality of life in Canada.


  • Antonio Gómez-Palacio, Chair, DIALOG
  • Dianne Saxe, Toronto City Councillor, Ward 11
  • Shelley Mandakwe Charles, Elde, Culture and Language Teacher, Keeper of Women’s Teachings
  • Naama Blonder, Urban Designer and Architect, Smart Density
  • Marc Ryan, Principal and Co-founder, Public Work
  • John van Nostrand, Founding Principal, SvN

Moderated by: Alex Bozikovic, Architecture Critic, Globe and Mail

About the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA)

The OALA is a self-regulating professional association that has proudly been operating in the province since 1968. As the regulator for the title landscape architect in Ontario, OALA serves the public interest, and is a place of community, learning and growth for its members.

The work of OALA and its 2,000 members supports the improvement and conservation of the natural, cultural, social and built environment in Ontario. The activities of OALA include setting standards for licensure; active promotion of the profession to governments, related professionals and the public; and developing and promoting the standards and benefits of landscape architecture.