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  • John van Nostrand - Spacing
    planning design and construction management of several major urban communities in developing countries has provided John with a rich cross fertilization of ideas for cost effective housing In many urban cities around the world people build their own houses and additionally houses are built in incremental phases as household circumstances change John points out that until the 1950s 40 per cent of Toronto housing was owner built borrowing from the tradition of urban pioneering Currently almost two thirds of our population is left out of the housing market which undermines our economy says John The private housing market in Toronto now caters predominantly to upper income households In response to this he has designed a prototype of a portable house the Pro Home which can be built in its smallest stage as a one bedroom dwelling and then expanded incrementally up to a five bedroom house The smallest unit could potentially be financed by a social assistance recipient As well as this proposal John has directed a number of building projects of affordable housing a current project being Evangel Hall a single room occupany residence for homeless men with a drop in centre and related social facilities for the Presbyterian Church of Canada Since his undergraduate days John has thought about the ways in which underutilized and vacant urban areas can be integrated into community life His architectural thesis looked at the large expanse of vacant land lying under the 401 and 427 interchange in Etobicoke We have tended to view our urban infrastructure solely from an engineering perspective rather than a design opportunity In a radical re thinking of the Gardiner Expressway John in conjunction with Calvin Brook have proposed to encourage the reuse of vacant space underneath the expressway They envision a plan that would fill the space

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  • Margaret Zeidler - Spacing
    interest in two ideas which have been central in Jane Jacobs thinking the preservation of historic buildings and importance of community diversity as a generator of creativity In 1994 Margie bought the Richmond street property with financial backing from her father well known architect Eb Zeidler The building originally constructed in 1899 had been largely derelict since its last major tenant Continental Can moved out in 1969 Having been on the board of Artscape a non profit group that develops space for artists she was aware of the difficulty that artists and non profits groups faced in access to affordable working space The redevelopment of 401 Richmond was based on maintaining low rents which would still allow for profitability However the creation of a diverse and energetic creative community that has space to meet and interact was also of prime importance Architectural details such as large windows opening out into corridor space glass walkways and long wide hallways increased opportunities for people to meet on a daily basis 401 Richmond is a vibrant workplace which houses a wide range of tenants from art galleries architects fashion designers visual artists to business consultants computer companies and a variety of non profit organizations A seasonal roof garden provides organic herbs and vegetables to the Loftus Lloyd Café located on the ground level and named after the factory manager who spent 51 years working in the building Studio 123 a day care centre for young children located on the ground floor and sharing the courtyard outdoor area offers an arts enriched curriculum with partnerships drawn from the artistically rich community The building has its own newsletter and website www 401richmond net which keeps the community up to date on events and welcomes newcomers to the building With a long waiting list for tenants

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/jane-jacobs-prize/jane-jacobs-prize-winners/margaret-zeidler/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Uzma Shakir - Spacing
    country worth fighting for She is an advocate for greater representation for all immigrant communities in policy institutions service delivery and societal participation on the principles of access and equity Although CASSA focuses particularly on issues within the South Asian community Uzma has worked extensively to create alliances among many of the Toronto newcomer communities and is particularly proud of the recent partnership which has been created among the Asian Hispanic Chinese and African communities to co ordinate joint events strategic planning and research She believes passionately that one works from one s differences in background and culture through to negotiated agreements Uzma believes strongly that engagement and participation particularly at the local municipal level can have a strong impact on the quality of life in the city Toronto is an exciting experiment in diversity she says and with CASSA she works hard to attract civic participation and engagement from the South Asian community Uzma was born in Karachi the youngest of three children and raised by parents who had both settled in Pakistan after Partition Although she was raised in a traditional religious household she speaks of her parents as uniquely progressive in their emphasis on equal education and opportunities for both her brothers and herself She received a B A in English Literature from Karachi University a B A in International Relations from Sussex University and a Master s Degree from the Fletcher School of law and Diplomacy an international training school for career diplomats She has worked extensively through her research and advocacy to challenge existing notions of research epistemology and develop an anti racist conceptual framework for research methodology She challenges the notion of objective research through her involvement in domestic issues involving immigrant communities and in particular the area of mental health She believes that

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  • Amanuel Melles - Spacing
    new He brings a tremendous sense of grace and respect for valuable traditions but also does not hesitate to question the ongoing relevancy of certain practices and institutions He has done extensive community work since his arrival to Canada including helping to found the Eritrean Canadian Society for Youth Advancement Aman is a strong advocate of immigrant communities making an effective transition in to Canadian life believing firmly that they must rise above any conflicts they have brought with them Having lived with in a war torn country for many years Aman exhorts settlement communities to put aside their divided pasts and has spearheaded various efforts to settle conflicts and encourage newcomer communities to engage in Canadian life Often plagued by fragmentation and competing agendas Aman has been able to forge new partnerships within the African settlement community in particular In addition to Aman s involvement in his local Toronto and newcomer communities Aman helped found and chaired Canadians for Peace and Development in Eritrea a Toronto based non governmental organization advocating for a peaceful and just settlement of the war between Eritrea and Ethiopia Aman s community development work has included actively volunteering in grassroots organizations committed to immigrant youth development suicide prevention social justice and community peacebuilding He is an avid user of electronic technologies and has incorporated them in to his various community building and advocacy efforts Currently he is the Manager for Community Action at the Family Service Association of Toronto and volunteers as a member of the Board of Toronto Distress Centres Co chair of African Canadian Communities Social Development Council and is the Vice President of the Community Social Planning Council of Toronto He is also a deep sea diver and holds a Masters degree in Applied and Fundamental Marine Ecology from Vrije Universiteit

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/jane-jacobs-prize/jane-jacobs-prize-winners/amanuel-melles/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Mel Greif - Spacing
    Greif has a special interest in Canadian urban historical geography and the nature and shape of cities and their architecture Currently Greif has partnered his high school Humberside Collegiate with the West Toronto and Junction Historical Society in completing a housing and building inventory History students are learning about their community and about the techniques of primary research Additionally because of his long tenure at Humberside Collegiate he has been able to use the school a historic institution in its own right and a fine example of the Collegiate Gothic style with Italianate flourishes as a laboratory in which to give students opportunities to take possession of their heritage During the Humberside Collegiate Institute Centennial celebrations Mel Greif made sure that hundreds of students were involved over a period spanning five years in preparing for the anniversary A massive set of Canadian history based stained glass windows was installed A well known Canadian glass artist Robert Jekyll used research contributed by students in Mel s grade ten Enriched History classes He then used these themes in composing six massive windows All of this activity took place under the enthusiastic direction of Mel Greif Furthermore Humberside and its students have a long tradition stretching back to 1926 of sponsoring Canadian artists Arthur Lismer was commissioned to paint what is thought to be the largest Canadian mural The Humberside Lismer Mural This famous painting was dismantled damaged and partially lost during school reconstruction Mel raised over 100 000 00 from alumni and government and cultural sources and arranged for the repatriation and de accessioning of the missing pieces He hired conservators from Queen s University After seven years of creative and hard work the glorious mural once again hangs in its full majesty in the school auditorium renamed Lismer Hall The story

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  • Jutta Mason - Spacing
    to set up an indoor park one day a week It quickly grew into a once a week scene involving 60 to 100 people food music and lots of fort building by the kids It s still going In the meantime she moved a block away from Dufferin Grove Park to a neighbourhood with three high schools nearby She attended a few neighbourhood meetings and heard people suggesting that the teenagers who hung out on the streets and in the park swearing and making various bits of trouble ought to be arrested and jailed She knew few people in her new neighbourhood but had the impression lots of the people who had lived there longer didn t know each other either She had a suspicion that people living side by side as strangers would be more likely to see confinement as the only form of social control So she helped to create the sense of community that resonates at Dufferin Grove Park She formed Friends of Dufferin Grove Park which now boasts a community bread oven a skating rink clubhouse and hosts a wide range of community activities both formally organized and spontaneous Jutta claims one of her biggest achievements has been hunting up old forgotten locker room benches in Parks storage rooms and getting them put out all around the park Every day the benches are in a different positions depending on whether they were most recently used for courting or snoozing or hanging up the laundry for the homeless people s washday Or for rapping at midnight beside the basketball court Or as spectator benches for a theater piece Or as a nursing changing bench beside the bake oven on the family pizza days Or piled on top of each other as a bold and innocent statement about

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/jane-jacobs-prize/jane-jacobs-prize-winners/jutta-mason/ (2015-11-16)
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  • David Walsh - Spacing
    a community s sense of itself that enrich its history and empower its future He is also critically concerned about people s basic needs He is one of two recipients the other is Jutta Mason of the 2001 Jane Jacobs Prizes David s interest and commitment to community and neighbourhood is a broad one from retaining the Gooderham Flat Iron building in which his office is located to advocating for the residents of tent city a temporary shelter that currently houses a few dozen of Toronto s homeless on a portion of vacant waterfront lands David Walsh is a force with which to be reckoned Quiet and determined David s values are put in play every day as he tackles another obstacle preventing someone access to the basic entitlements of life food and shelter His efforts often pit him up against business colleagues who don t always share his commitment to social justice I have three children in their twenties says David I know all about having my views challenged on a routine basis But more often than not David is able to bring others along in their understanding and appreciation of the challenges many in the city face and of their obligation to respond and participate in finding practical solutions A business graduate from University of Western Ontario BA and York MBA David has had a long time interest in social justice social housing and community economic development His volunteer work reads as a what s what of Toronto urban activism the Social Planning Council of Metro Toronto the Citizens Independent Review of Police Activities Homes First Society the Housing Development Resource Centre Basic Poverty Action Group the Rupert Hotel Coalition the Council For Canadian Unity the Jesuit Centre For Social Faith and Justice and the Community Business Centre

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/jane-jacobs-prize/jane-jacobs-prize-winners/david-walsh/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Rollo Myers - Spacing
    now a member of The Toronto Historical Board He spent six years as a volunteer member of the board reviewing development proposals for historic buildings and seeking ways to interest the public in heritage matters It was during his tenure that the board reviewed a proposal to develop the land around Fort York The drawings perplexed Myers so he used his own three dimensional mapping technique to bring the plans to life After city council saw the effect in 3D it changed its mind and eventually the drawings were revised In 1994 while the development was being considered Myers and some colleagues founded The Friends of Fort York to advocate for the fort s long term accessibility and visibility By now he had also joined the Task Force to Bring Back the Don where he spent three years working on plans to regenerate the urban river Slowly Myers was developing a more holistic sense of the city and began discovering some of its buried treasures like the Old Town The Old Town is the home of Toronto s earliest beginnings The city began near Parliament Street and the area was home of many Upper Canadian firsts the first courthouse jail church free school bank and the first Parliament Buildings In 1995 Myers was a founding member of Citizens for the Old Town a group dedicated to resurrecting this forgotten chapter of Toronto s history A recent victory means the site of Upper Canada s first Parliament Buildings is now marked for purchase by the city as a commemorative open space It is hoped this will act as a much needed catalyst for revitalization Myers group even thinks it has found a way for the city to pay for it They recently discovered The Walks and Gardens Trust a fund created

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/jane-jacobs-prize/jane-jacobs-prize-winners/rollo-myers/ (2015-11-16)
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