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Doors Open Presented by Great Gulf at The Bentway, May 26

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DOORS OPEN TORONTO PRESENTED BY GREAT GULF

The Bentway

Saturday, May 26
Tours: 12:30pm to 1:30pm, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Tours led by Gelareh Saadatpajouh, designer, storyteller and public art curator, Design Exchange

Doors Open weekend will include tours of The Bentway site and its concurrent High Line Network inaugural Joint Art Initiative exhibit New Monuments for New Cities. May 26 tours are led by Gelareh Saadatpajouh, who will take participants on a participatory tour inviting people to consider play for embodied placemaking in public spaces. The Bentway will also act as a terminus point for neighbouring Doors Open tours.

The weekend will also include a panel discussion titled Public Space Reborn: The Evolution of Toronto City Building, on May 26 at 2pm. The panel brings together established Toronto city-builders in conversation with up-and-coming diverse and millennial voices to explore how Toronto has evolved into a new version of itself through critical projects that embody how “we shape our cities and our cities shape us”. Included in this panel is Ken Greenberg, who will read from his new book “Toronto Reborn: Design Successes and Challenges”, where he describes the process of change through a number of noteworthy “works-in-progress”, such as Regent Park, The Bentway, Wellington Place, Project Sidewalk, and more. Additional panelists include Hon. David Crombie (former Mayor of Toronto), Jermyn Creed (Artscape Daniels Sprectrum), Jesse Shapins (Sidewalk Labs), moderated by Zahra Ebrahim (Doblin). The event will also include a public reception for Ken Greenberg’s forthcoming publication.

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About Doors Open

The 20th annual Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf returns on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 to showcase some of the most architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.

This year’s anniversary theme and programming will focus on “20 Something” and will celebrate the first 20 years of Doors Open Toronto while looking forward to the next 20 years.

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About Ken Greenberg
Ken Greenberg is an urban designer, teacher, writer, former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto and Principal of Greenberg Consultants. For over four decades he has played a pivotal role on public and private assignments in urban settings throughout North America and Europe.

His work focuses on the rejuvenation of downtowns, waterfronts, neighborhoods and on campus master planning, regional growth management, and new community planning. Ken on the Board of Directors of The Bentway and is involved in many grass roots and community initiatives. He has served as a Board Member of Park People, a non-profit dedicated to the improvement of Toronto’s parks, is on the Advisory Board of Waterfront for All, and is President of the Wellington Place Neighbourhood Association. He is a co-founder and Vice Chair of the City Building Institute at Ryerson University in Toronto. A frequent writer for periodicals, he is the author of Walking Home: the Life and Lessons of a City Builder published by Random House. He is currently serving as an advisor to Sidewalk Labs for Quayside on the Toronto waterfront.

About Gelareh Saadatpajouh

Gelareh Saadatpajouh is a designer, storyteller and public art curator based in Toronto. She runs SPACE ANIMATOR, a collaborative studio working in the realm of people, placemaking and public art curation. The studio's diverse practice is constantly challenging notions of temporality, spectacle, interventions and participation. In 2015, Gelareh Saadatpajouh co-founded ====\\DeRAIL Platform for Art + Architecture to push the definition of public art to produce unique and creative socially-engaged/place-specific programs along the linear landscape of the West Toronto Railpath.

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