Resilient Urbanism



Digital Landscape Architecture Conference

Dessau-Köthen-Bernburg, Germany
May 26 – 28, 2021

CSLA-OALA 2021 Congress

A Green Recovery for a Great Recovery
May 27 – 29, 2021

Gutter to Gulf to 'Glades

Studio Ecologies
DesigningLandscape Architectural Education for Unpredictable Futures

Harvard University - Graduate School of Design
Frances Loeb Library Faculty Colloquium Series
April 23, 2021

Co-Presenters: Fadi Masoud, Elise Shelley and Jane Wolff
Panelists: Anita Berrizbeitia, ElisaCattaneo, Rosalea Monacella, Bridgett Keane, Paola Vigano

Climate Imaginary

NGV 2021
Melbourne Design Week  

Melbourne School of Design
University of Melbourne
March 29, 2021

The Climate Imaginary will showcase a growing body of work from both local and international designers, researchers and students that offer us captivating visions of an imaginative commitment to addressing the climate emergency. A conversation between some of the leading figures working on the climate imaginary will be hosted on the University ofMelbourne’s online platform.  Talking through their projects, the exhibitors and speakers will engage in a larger conversation on the Climate Imaginary.

Panelists: Rania Ghosn & El-Hadi Jazairy(Design Earth), Belinda Tato (Ecosistema Urbano), Johnathan Scelsa & Jennifer Birkeland (OP.AL), Monique Woodward & Isobel Moy (Wowowa)

Public Sector Network Conference
Building Green and Sustainable Cities

February 18, 2021

Friends of Fairstead Lecture Series

Olmsted Lectures
Brookline, MA
December 3, 2020

Panelists: Christine O’Hara
Title: The Olmsted Brothers’ Planning in California: A Prescient Approach to Ecological Design

"Climate Climacteric"

John H. Daniels Faculty: Midday Talk Lecture Series
Location: University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, January 15, 2020

Professor Fadi Masoud was Invited to participate in a series of lectures at the Daniels Faculty:

(noun): a critical period or event.
Climacteric (adjective): having extreme and far-reaching implications or results; critical.

If the climate is at a crisis — an acute, key, crucial, decisive, and significant moment — what role can design truly play in dealing with the climate climacteric? This talk investigates how notions of resilience, adaptation, and mitigation have shaped contemporary discourse around climate-responsive design and urbanism. The lecture is structured around three main themes: terrains, assemblies, and codes."

“Aires Libres, Pink Balls and 18 Shades of Gay”, Landscape and Public Art Competition:
2019-20 Advisory Committee + Jurist

Professor Fadi Masoud was Invited as a Juror along with Danielle Dagenais, Director at l’École d’urbanisme et d’architecture de paysage de l’Université de Montréal and Manon Otto, Mandaworks, to select from over 30 international submissions.

Inaugurated in 2011, Claude Cormier + Associés’s Pink Balls installation was designed to fulfill the Société de Développement Commercial (SDC) du Village’s commitment to promoting a section of Saint Catherine Street East that crosses the Gay Village. This area had been in decline for years, having struggled with social and economic problems such as substance abuse and homelessness. Over the last eight years, Claude Cormier’s work has fostered development that has concretely improved the physical and social quality of life in the neighborhood. By physically defining the Village, this installation has created a strong brand image that resonates within Montreal’s urban landscape and on the international stage. This commercial artery has seen increased traffic, a considerable boost in the business numbers of local enterprises, and a diversification of sales offers and customers. In 2020, the SDC will inaugurate a new installation in the heart of the Village on Saint Catherine Street East that will be just as emblematic, audacious and visually powerful.

Arriscraft Lecture Series 2019-20

Invited Lecture, “Coding Flux” at Climate Crisis!”
Location: University of Waterloo School of Architecture – Cambridge, Ontario, October 3, 2019    

“Climate Crisis! Lecture Series curated by Jane Hutton brought together academics, activists, and designers working on responses to the Climate Crisis.”

Berkley Prize
2019 Jurist

Professor Fadi Masoud was Invited as one of 4 Jurors for Berkley Prize 2019. The topic for the 2019 Prize cycle is “Architecture and Climate Resilience.”  The intent is to interest undergraduate architecture students, internationally, to go into their communities and there to identify and research buildings that exemplify a special design response to one or more specific climatic conditions. These are reported in a series of essays, which are read and evaluated by the 67 world-wide scholars and professionals who compose the Prize Committee. Now entering its 21styear, the international Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence has had a total of over 2300 students participate from multiple universities and schools in 77 different countries.  

The Prize is funded by a private endowment and is fully endorsed by the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley. In the last Prize cycle another $25,000+ was awarded for the Travel Fellowships. The Berkley Prize strives to show architects-in-training that the smallest act of building has global implications: that design can and does play a major role in the social, cultural, and psychological life of both the individual and society at large. In recognition of our efforts, the Berkley Prize is the recipient of the 2008 American Institute of Architects Collaborative Achievement Honor Award; and the 2002 American Institute of Architects’ Education Honor Award. The Berkley Prize has also garnered international acclaim, not the least reason for which is its complete embracing of digital technology.  

In partial recognition of this outreach, the 2003 Berkley Prize competition was named a special event of “World Heritage in the Digital Age,” a virtual congress helping to commemorate the 30thanniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.

Governing Urban Infrastructure: Manchester

“Landscape, Design, and Coding Resilience” at Governing Urban Infrastructure
Location: University of Manchester, Manchester Urban Institute, Manchester UK, September 18, 2019
Transport for Greater Manchester, Manchester, UK, September 17, 2019

Fadi Masoud was invited to present research on resilience challenges within development, governance, and infrastructure in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to an audience from across the Greater Manchester city government at the University of Manchester and Manchester Urban Institute.

Growing Our Urban Green Infrastructure Symposium 2019

“Zoning, Land Use and Resilience” at Growing Our Urban Green Infrastructure Symposium
Location: University of Toronto Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario, May 24

This symposium brought together leaders in our community and world experts to discuss planning for urban green infrastructure, examine on-going projects across the GTA, and consider how to engage diverse communities in green infrastructure initiatives.  The event sought to identify ways in which the university, government, non-governmental organizations can work together to incorporate green infrastructure into our urban systems. Speakers included Joan Iverson Nassauer, Ian Mell, Sandy Smith, Michelle Sawka, Sheila Colla.

Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA)

Engaged Scholarship: Lecture “Coding Flux”
Location: UC Davis – Sacramento, CA, March 6 – 9, 2019

The paper presented showcased the impacts of 4+ years of studio research work on public policy in Broward County, Florida. Working with a public agency, the research studios implored planning standards that enable the status quo, and asked why does land use zoning continue to remain static when we know that landscapes are dynamic?  CELA supports teaching, research, and public service in landscape architecture with member programs in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The Annual Conference brings together over 300 members. The 2019 theme “Engaged Scholarship” focused on collaboration between academics and community members.

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The Munk Forum

The Future of Work
Location: The Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. November 6, 2018

The Munk Forum included four speakers who delivered a 17-minute TED talk-style presentation on “The Future of Work”. Fadi Masoud was invited to talk about the impact of climate change and large-scale environmental issues on cities. Fellow panellists included Frank Rudzicz (Associate Professor Computer Science, AI, University Health Network), Andreas Park (Associate Professor of Finance Rotman School of Management), and Molly Shoichet (University Professor of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry + Canada Research Chair).

Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT)

The BEAT Forum: Unconscious Bias
Location OCAD University – Oct 13, 2018  
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Annual Conference: Toronto - Westin Harbour Convention Centre, October 29

BEAT’s annual Forum is devoted to diversity and inclusion in the architecture and design industry.  This year’s inaugural BEAT Forum focused on the topic of Unconscious Bias. Each panelist brings a unique perspective on diversity and inclusion in the context of education, administration, practice, and professional governance. The presenters will raise awareness, share experiences, and provide tools for a more inclusive architectural profession.

OCAD Forum:
Moderated by Brigitte Shim. Panelists included:  David Fortin (Laurentian University), Ruba Kana’an (University of Toronto Mississauga), and Kate Nelischer (University of Toronto).

RAIC Forum:
Moderated by Brigitte Shim. Panelists included:  David Fortin (Laurentian University), Ruba Kana’an (University of Toronto Mississauga), and Susan Ruptash (Quadrangle Architects), Loreli Buenaventura, Director, Consulting, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.

Adaptation Blueprints

Lecture “Coding Flux”
Location: Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. Sept 28, 2018

Hosted by the Wharton School Risk Management Center and the Ian McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology the Adaptation Blueprint Conference invited several of the world’s leading scholars and practitioners convening to develop a new agenda for climate adaptation.

The program for the day was structured around
1) New Approaches to Designing and Implementing Coastal Resilience,
2) Planning the Next Generation of Coastal Communities,
3) Innovative Policy and Finance for Coastal Adaptation. Closing Keynote: Jeff Goodell.

TRCA: Ontario Flood Risk Management Workshop

Lecture, “Landscape, Design, and Coding Resilience”
Location: Brampton, ON – Sept 19, 2018

The 2018 Ontario Flood Risk Management Workshop is targeted to professionals and academia working in flood risk management. This year’s Workshop offered two concurrent streams featuring a diverse lineup of speakers and expertise. The first stream will focus on Flood Risk Prevention and Mitigation showcasing a wide variety of municipal and agency projects and works in Ontario. The second stream, titled Preparedness, Response and Recovery, will feature specific work and experiences from emergency management professionals. The Workshop provides content derived from the insurance sector, provincial and municipal agencies and also explores public sector perspectives.

Resilient Toronto Vision and Principles Workshop

Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities
Location: OCAD University – September 7, 2018

This 100 Resilient Cities flagship engagement event brought together 80+ stakeholders, community members and leaders from across the city to advance the vision and principles of Toronto’s Resilience Strategy.

City Building Expo 2018

“Coding Flux”
Location: University of Toronto and Ryerson University, March 8, 2018

CBXP is an OPPI Toronto District Partnership Event bringing together practicing and future City Builders to engage with each other in a collaborative setting amongst peers from many diverse backgrounds such as Architects, Planners, Engineers, Urban Designers, Landscape Architects, Land Economists and Policy Makers. The event is to be hosted by the Ryerson University School of Urban & Regional Planning and Department of Architectural Sciences, as well as the University of Toronto John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design.

9th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit

“Resiliency Innovations: Science, Tools, and Projects”
Location: Broward County Convention Center – Ft. Lauderdale, FL. December 14- 15th 2017

Funded by a SSHRC Institutional Grant, Fadi Masoud was invited to present at the 9th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit. The summit focused on “The Business of Resilience” to engage the business and wider community in critical discussions on adaptation, climate and energy solutions, and resilience. The summit featured keynotes and panels with business leaders; local, state, and federal government officials; and other experts discussing plans to ensure the region not only survives, but thrives, in the face of sea level rise and other climate impacts. To help guide these plans, the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact unveiled the newly updated Regional Climate Action Plan. The annual summit is coordinated by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a partnership between Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe, and Palm Beach counties, their municipalities and other partners. The Climate Leadership Summit is a major regional event focused on facilitating climate-related collaboration and knowledge sharing. The summit attracts innovative thinkers and leaders from business, government, academia, and the nonprofit community to exchange ideas and dialogue at panel discussions and networking breaks.

Climate Summits

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Imagining the City Forum

“Coding Flux”
Location: National Gallery of Canada / Carlton University, Ottawa, ON. December 4, 2017

Fadi Masoud was invited to present ongoing research work on visualizing the relationship between planning policy tools (land use / zoning code) and climate risk / vulnerability. The presentation also expanded upon the potentials of introducing landscape strategies into urban codes and planning frameworks when dealing with urban climate resilience and adaptation. The Forum titled “Imaging the City” was organized by the National Capital Commission and Carlton University.

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Media Coverage:
National Capital Commission. “Imaging the City: Fadi Masoud.” National Capital Commission, November 30, 2017. Hoyt, Christopher.

“Visualize This” in See Change, January 3, 2018.

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What is a school? Lecture Series - Third Coast Atlas, Prelude to a Plan

Terra-Sorta-Firma: Atlas of Urban Districts Built on Reclaimed Land
Location: John H. Daniels Faculty, University of Toronto, October 24, 2017

Third Coast Atlas: Prelude to a Plan describes the conditions for urbanization across the Great Lakes region. It assembles a multi-layered, empirical description of urbanization processes within the drainage basins of the five Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence River. This thick description encompasses a range of representational forms including maps, plans, diagrams, timelines, and photographs, as well as speculative design research projects and critical texts. Postponing diagnosis, let alone treatment of these conditions, Third Coast Atlas aspires to simply describe. It proposes a new geographic gestalt for urban analysis. Superimposed upon the North American continent, and with easily recognizable yet divergent political and geological borders, this megaregion traverses portions of eight U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, as well as the world’s largest collection of surficial fresh water. Third Coast Atlas characterizes the littoral edge as a distinct field of urbanization, and constructs a reading of the region both specific and speculative.”

Inaugural Landscape Dialogues

Lecture, “Coding the Third Condition”
Location: Weitzman School - University of Pennsylvania, March 30 – 31,  2017

“PennDesign's Department of Landscape Architecture is convening the first in a triennial series of symposia that brings together a range of emerging voices actively engaged in advancing landscape as medium of contemporary culture. The event and corresponding publication promote work from across the spectrum of landscape-engaged practice, including, but not limited to: academic research, design research, design practice, policy, advocacy, technology and history. The one-and-a-half-day symposium is organized around a public colloquium format. The event asks participants to take a stand, move beyond platitudes, stake out territory and demonstrate action—both executed and imagined. Animated discourse, divergent views and substantiated dissent are anticipated elements of the proceedings.Curated by Richard Weller, Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture; Chris Marcinkoski, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture; and Keith VanDerSys, Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture.

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Centre for Landscape Research
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