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Join us for an upcoming TD Future Cities Speaker Series event. Hear from leading minds in urban innovation and city building, and leave inspired to reimagine our urban futures, together.

Hosted in the TD Future Cities Centre at Evergreen Brick Works, the Speaker Series is an opportunity to hear about the solutions creating more equitable, regenerative and prosperous cities for all.

These events are free and open to the public, so all have the opportunity to hear from great international speakers.

Title sponsor: The Ready Commitment

Upcoming Events

Turning Spaces into Places: Making the most of our social infrastructure

Wednesday, September 11, 2019; 7-9pm


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Eric Klinenberg,
Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge, and author of Palaces for the People


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Tamika Butler,
Toole Design’s Director of Planning for California and the Director of Equity and Inclusion

Shared public infrastructure – such as parks, libraries, and schools – are places that promote democracy and equity by providing space and opportunity for all residents. As urban populations continue to grow, so too will the importance of, and the stressors on, these public assets.

Turning Spaces into Places will explore the role public assets play in building opportunity within cities and the mechanisms available to build, enhance, and protect these spaces.

Join us for a drink! Doors open at 6:30pm.

About the speakers

Eric Klinenberg is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He is the author of Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life (Crown, 2018), Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone (The Penguin Press, 2012), Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media (Metropolitan Books, 2007), and Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2002), as well as the editor of Cultural Production in a Digital Age and of the journal Public Culture.

His scholarly work has been published in journals including the American Sociological Review, Theory and Society, and Ethnography, and he has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, The Washington Post, Slate, Le Monde Diplomatique, The London Review of Books, and the radio program, This American Life.

Tamika L. Butler, Esq. is Toole Design’s Director of Planning for California and the Director of Equity and Inclusion. In addition to her responsibilities on planning projects, Tamika leads Toole Design’s external efforts to integrate equity into all project work and internal efforts for Toole to become a more diverse, inclusive workplace that employs people of all backgrounds. This includes collaborating with Human Resources on recruiting and hiring practices, leading trainings for staff, and serving as a resource for colleagues across the country. Tamika serves as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, a non-profit organization that addresses social and racial equity, and wellness, by building parks and gardens in park-poor communities across greater Los Angeles.

The next and final TD Future Cities Speaker Series event will be held at the Future Cities Canada Summit. Buy your tickets today and save! Early-bird pricing is available until September 18.

More about the Summit

Past Speakers

  • Douglas Cardinal, award-winning architect. Watch the video
  • Anthony Townsend, Author, SMART CITIES: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia. Watch the video.
  • Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, New York City – Mega Trends for Mega Cities. Watch the video.

The TD Future Cities Speaker Series is supported by TD through The Ready Commitment.