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Design Consultant Forum: The Future of School Ground Greening

Kids planting at school

Join us for a unique morning of discussion on reimagining school grounds as an essential part of the fabric of our communities.

The keynote speaker, Birgit Teichmann of Teichmann Landschafts Architekten in Berlin, will spark the conversation. Birgit will share her knowledge and expertise in the integration of ecological and educational imperatives in landscape planning, design, and development within Berlin’s vibrant schools, parks, and public spaces.

This is a special opportunity to be inspired and gain insight into a transformational approach to participatory processes and creative placemaking led by a true visionary and her multi-disciplinary network of architects, planners, educators, and artists.  

Following the keynote speech, Birgit will join a panel of cross-industry speakers to reimagine school grounds as resilient, living, breathing ecosystems that foster engagement, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability in our neighbourhoods. This panel will be led by John Lorinc, journalist and author from Spacing Magazine, accompanied by Maia Puccetti, Superintendent of Facilities Services at Halton District School Board; Melanie Hare, Partner at Urban Strategies Inc.; Megan Torza, Architect and Partner at DTAH; and Jane Welsh, Project Manager of Environmental Planning at the City of Toronto. All speakers will share their expert views of how the schools in our communities can be thought of not only as places to play and learn but a powerful platform for climate risk mitigation, nature connection and neighbourhood health and well-being.

Dates & Times

Date: August 15, 2019 | 10:00am–12:30pm


10-10:45am: Keynote

10:45-11am: Break

11am-12:15pm: Panel Discussion

12:15-12:30pm: Post Panel Q&A

Prices & Fees

$20 per ticket


Cassandra Cress


Google Map of Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto ON

Meeting Room 2 at Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave, Toronto ON, M4W 3X8

Wheelchair accessibleThis event is wheelchair-accessible.