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On October 13th and 14th, NXT City will bring together some of the world’s foremost public space experts for Future:Proof, the Toronto-based not-for-profit’s 2017 symposium.

With the backing of Toronto’s outgoing Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat, as well as major sponsors from the real estate, development and planning communities — Oxford Properties, Arup, Dream and Build Toronto, to name a few — this year’s NXT City event promises to “spark ideas about how we perceive our public realm, emphasize the critical impact it plays today and challenge us to consider how best to shape it for the future.”

Over two days at the Jane Mallett Theatre in the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, symposium attendees will have the opportunity hear from a global group of speakers, take part in tours and workshops and learn about this year’s NXT City Prize entries.

Now entering its fifth year, the NXT City Prize encourages young people to engage with issues and challenges surrounding city building and public space. Last year’s prize winners proposed painting murals on city streets to clearly mark streetcar stops, simultaneously beautifying public spaces with homegrown artwork while improving safety for Toronto’s transit riders. The proposal is now coming into fruition as part of the King Street Pilot Study.

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Day one of the symposium will be comprised of a series of TED-style talks with noteworthy players in public space. The full speakers schedule is posted here, and features figures from the US, Mexico and the Netherlands.

Highlights from the curated schedule include Jennifer Samson, Director of Placemaking and Real Estate Development at River LA, Mirik Milan, Night Mayor of Amsterdam, and Shin-pei Tsay, Executive Director of New York’s Gehl Institute. Day one will be capped by a conversation between Enrique Norten, founder of Mexico City’s renowned TEN Arquitectos and Globe and Mail architecture critic, Alex Bozikovic.

Day two will feature a yet-to-be-announced special roundtable as well as the Future:Proof afterparty. More details on the second day will be shared soon.

Tickets for the two-day Future:Proof event are on sale now, with special discounted prices for students and VIP groups of five and 10. The Jane Mallett Theatre is located in the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts at 27 Front Street East.

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