In December 2015, the University of Toronto Studio in Urban Design and Planning, in partnership with the Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee, held a workshop at the Jenner Jean-Marie Community Centre in Thorncliffe Park.
The intent of the workshop was to generate feedback from residents for potential design solutions that could be implemented in the neighborhood to inform design strategies moving forward.
Themes of the workshop revolved around community, walking, and local economies. Several activities were planned to understand how residents live, work, and enjoy their neighborhood. Activities and discussions included an asset mapping exercise, storytelling, an informative presentation about city programs and precedent design cases, and imaginings for what modular vending sites could look like.
Through the conversations and exercises that occurred at this workshop, the Studio was able to formulate representative and important designs for their Spring workshop, dealing around strategies for implementation.