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Evergreen launches exhibit program exploring the future of cities at Evergreen Brick Works

TORONTO, ONTARIO (September 12, 2019) – A new exhibit program dedicated to showcasing the past and future of city building launches at Evergreen Brick Works this weekend. The Future Cities Exhibits illustrate the innovative ideas, technology and solutions that are shaping our cities for the better, for everyone. The exhibits are free and open to the public on most weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning September 14, 2019 until January 1, 2020 in the TD Future Cities Centre.

“The revived spaces and corridors of the TD Future Cities Centre have been reimagined as a venue where city builders from urban thought leaders to kids and their families can gather, learn and participate in the future of city building,” said Geoff Cape, Founder and CEO of Evergreen. “These new exhibits capture the past and future of city building, igniting conversations about the urban innovation and solutions for building low carbon, inclusive cities.”

The dynamic year-round space at Evergreen Brick Works celebrates the ideas and solutions on thriving and sustainable cities from across Canada and around the world. The Future Cities Exhibit program launches with the following exhibits:

The City Builders Gallery: The public art presentation Shifting Boundaries is a dynamic and interactive video and light installation by Toronto artist Ferruccio Sardella with artist Nathan Whitford.  The site of the historic firing kilns explores themes of urban density, public space, and diversity in cities through lighting and video animation.

The Brickmakers Gallery: This new gallery space located in the heart of the TD Future Cities Centre explores the important Industrial Heritage of Evergreen Brick Works as a former brick factory. Visitors will learn about the impact of the Great Toronto Fire, resources extracted from the former quarry onsite, the brick making process and hear the stories and experiences of the workers who were employed by the Don Valley Brick Works. The exhibit also illustrates the Sustainable Practices that are now in place since the recent redevelopment of the kiln building into the TD Future Cities Centre, including the innovative construction and design techniques that are reducing our carbon footprint.

The Animated Kilns: This public art installation Light Tunnels by Toronto-based multi-media designer, Urban Visuals combines technology with history, bringing to life the historic kilns with vibrant projections and colourful lighting. Located in the middle of the historic building, each kiln is lit up to show its unique intricacies and evoke its historical function.

The Community Studio: The Pop-Up Exhibits are an indoor playground for future city builders where community innovators can share ideas and interact with each other and the public. The mobile activity space builds on the content in the Future Cities Exhibits, providing a hands-on experience for residents to participate in the city building process. The participatory experience will often be animated by community partners who are active in the city-building space. Stay tuned for a calendar of activations.

Coming soon - The Innovation Showcase: A mini-showcase of innovative community solutions from across the country is scheduled for November. 

The Future Cities Exhibit are open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (with the exception of October 19, 20 and 26, 2019.)

For media information, please contact:

Renee Tratch, Sr. Manager PR & Audience Engagement|Evergreen rtratch@evergreen.ca |416-596-1495 ex. 273

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About Evergreen: Evergreen is a national not-for-profit dedicated to making cities flourish. Evergreen Brick Works is a year-round award-winning public space, a global showcase for green design and urban sustainability. A place where the world can experience sustainable practices that enable flourishing cities of the future. www.evergreen.ca


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