York University Development Corporation, on behalf of the University, The Planning Partnership, Greenberg Consultants and Jane Farrow are leading the conversations with the York University community.
The Planning Partnership has assisted the University with the recently completed Master Plan for York’s Academic Core, York University Secondary Plan and planning for the Pan Am Athletics Stadium. The firm is involved in a variety of groundbreaking projects, including the design of Front Street and the re-visioned John Street Cultural Corridor in Toronto. They also recently completed the Trent Lands Plan for Trent University’s endowment lands, the public realm plan for the West Don Lands and a master plan for the Toronto Entertainment District.
Ken is an architect, urban designer, teacher, writer, former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto and Principal of Greenberg Consultants. For over three decades he has played a pivotal role on public and private assignments in urban settings throughout North America and Europe. Ken had a lead role in the Master Plan for York’s Academic Core and has authored master plans for Boston University and Ryerson University. Ken has been profiled in the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail and Toronto Sun for his bold plan for transforming Yonge Street between Dundas and Gerrard Streets. Ken is the author of Walking Home: the Life and Lessons of a City Builder, published by Random House. In the book, he shares his passion and methods for rejuvenating neglected cities and argues passionately for the importance and possibilities of their renewal.
Jane specializes in bringing people together for constructive dialogue and creative city-building initiatives. Jane was previously a host and producer at CBC Radio One, the executive assistant to Toronto City Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon and the founding Executive Director of Jane’s Walk – an NGO engaged in walkability that celebrates the ideas of urbanist Jane Jacobs. Jane is a best-selling author and has taught and lectured at York University, Ryerson University, the University of Toronto, George Brown College and at the Walk 21 International Conference in Copenhagen. Jane also co-authored several studies examining walkability in the inner suburbs with Professor Paul Hess at the University of Toronto Dept. of Geography and Planning. Jane is the recipient of the 2010 Vital People grant from the Toronto Community Foundation for her work as a valued community leader and city builder.