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Sep 28, 2018

Cities are the principal engines of growth and innovation, not just in the west but all over the world. Crowded and sprawling, manic and beautiful, these gravity wells for the human experience constitute our future. But what is the future of the city? Whether it's rising inequality, affordable housing, or the intensifying mashup of language and culture, how do cities adapt and renew?

Ben is in Toronto, a city that faces intense pressures and where such conversations are at the forefront, to chat with urban designer Blair Scorgie of SvN.

About the Guest

Blair is a Senior Planner / Urban Designer and SvN’s Business Development Director. He holds a Master of Architecture, specializing in Urban Design, from McGill University as well as a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University. Blair is a Registered Professional Planner, and a member of both the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning and was formerly the Acting Chair of the City of London Urban Design Review Panel.

Blair’s diverse project experience includes streetscape and public realm design strategies; architectural control and private realm design strategies; revitalization and intensification strategies; waterfront, campus and district master plans; policy reviews and amendments; development approvals and appeals; and urban design peer reviews.

Learn more about Blair.