Urban Planner: October 4, 2011
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Urban Planner: October 4, 2011

In today's Urban Planner: create your 3D vision of the city out of LEGO pieces; listen in on a lecture to learn more about municipal finance; and celebrate those who preserve and promote the city's past at the annual Heritage Toronto Awards.

Toronto residents have a chance to build their vision of our city's future at the Upper Toronto event series.

ENGAGE: If building cities out of LEGO pieces was your thing as a child, you can finally put those skills to good use. Tonight, Upper Toronto and the Small Wooden Shoe theatre company are hosting the third event in a series of public consultations on the future of the city. The series asks residents to think about how they would build their neighbourhoods if they could start over. Participants will discuss a variety of topics and can use LEGO blocks to illustrate their plans. The outcomes of the consultation will feed into the drafting of a professional design plan. North York Library Auditorium (5120 Yonge Street), 6:30 p.m., FREE.

LECTURE: Toronto just made it through a series of budget cuts—albeit not everyone emerged unscathed—and if the entire process left you more confused about municipal finances, then tonight’s Toronto in Question lecture series is the ticket for you. This new series features monthly sessions on important issues facing the city. The inaugural lecture is entitled “Is Toronto Broke? Making Sense of the Numbers: Municipal Finance in Toronto” and will feature Shirley Hoy and Enid Slack. University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, Room 103 (230 College Street), 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., FREE.

HERITAGE: Heritage Toronto is hosting its annual awards evening and William Kilbourn Memorial Lecture, where it will celebrate the promotion and conservation of Toronto’s history and heritage landmarks. This year’s ceremony—hosted by CBC Radio’s Mary Ito—will feature TIFF co-director Cameron Bailey speaking about how Toronto became a festival city. The Royal Conservatory of Music, Koerner Hall (273 Bloor Street West), 7:30 p.m., $30–$110.

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