SvN on Designing for Participation at World Design Summit

The World Design Summit will take place in Montreal this year from October 16-25. The international multi-disciplinary, multi-modal, solution-oriented congress aims to re-think the mission of the designer and the design process. Designers, architects, planners and landscape architects will gather under one roof to share perspectives, foster collaboration and cross-pollinate innovative ideas.

SvN will be sharing our perspectives under the conference’s theme, Design for Participation, meant to address questions such as: What is the role and status of the designer? How can designers help address issues like inequality or the evolution of participation and representation in the political process and in social life?

Our speakers at the World Design Summit include:


Shonda Wang, Comprehensive and Inclusive Planning for the Future: Dundas Connects Transportation Master Plan
Tuesday October 17 at 11:45am

Dundas Connects Transportation Master Plan illustrates an incremental strategy that serves the immediate needs of a diverse neighbourhood and articulates a vision for its long-term change. At its core is an extensive public consultation that links transit, land-use and urban design.



John van Nostrand, Designing for Change in Toronto
Tuesday October 17 at 3:30pm

“Designing for Change” calls for a redefinition of what “design” means and a re-alignment of all the relevant sciences (and some arts) to make better cities and habitats, departing away from current design approach of individualized, segregated disciplines.



Barbara Myers, Transformative Sub(urban) Infill of Church Properties in Central Canada
Wednesday October 18 at 10:30am

Sensitive infill development and transformative projects enable church congregations to continue meeting the objective of serving their communities while preparing neighbourhoods to accommodate new uses, new residents and new objectives for the future.

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Our team conducts engagement processes with clients, end-users and members of the community to understand existing conditions, identify options, negotiate solutions and secure the support of public and funding agencies. We use innovative graphic and modelling tools to illustrate architectural, urban design and planning visions to clients, stakeholders, regulators, potential investors and the public.
We have a long history of planning and designing the public realm of cities, including streets, building facades, public places, the space between buildings and open spaces. Our team has pioneered significant aspects of the “complete streets” concept, demonstrated through landmark projects like the St. George Street Revitalization, the Bloor Street Transformation and the Six Point Interchange Reconstruction.
We plan and design multi-modal transit hubs and corridors including station area plans, LRT corridors, transit stations and border crossings. We take a systems approach to the planning and design of infrastructure, integrating multiple development priorities while preserving and enhancing the quality of the overall landscape. Key projects include the Fort Erie Gateway Master Plan and the Allen District Urban Guidelines & District Plan.
Housing is a core focus of our business. We design innovative and adaptable buildings and master plans that respond to the immediate and future housing needs of diverse communities and all levels of income. We have a history of initiating and realizing housing projects that fill critical gaps in the market, and that are sensitive and adaptable to evolving cultures and contexts.