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View Points and Spacing Magazine present
What to do with the Gardiner Expressway: Exploring the Options
Tuesday April 15 at Harbourfront Centre's Brigantine Room, 7 p.m.
(235 Queens Quay West, Toronto), $5 admission - Information/tickets: 416-973-4000 or http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/noflash/specialevents/viewpoints_Gardiner.php

TORONTO, April 9, 2008 - One of Toronto's eternal public space questions creates a lively discussion on the future of the city's much debated expressway. View Points and Spacing Magazine present What to do with the Gardiner Expressway: Exploring the Options April 15 at Harbourfront Centre. Moderated by Matthew Blackett, Publisher of Spacing Magazine. Featuring Calvin Brook, Principal of Brook McIlroy and Jose R. Gutierrez, creator of T.O. Viaduct.

Calvin Brook has more than 20 years experience leading land use, master planning, architectural design, and urban design projects for towns, cities, universities, research and medical institutions, and a variety of private sector clients. He is both a registered planner and licensed architect with a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons.) from the University of Toronto. In addition to professional practice, he has taught at Harvard University, University of Toronto, Carleton University and the University of Waterloo (as Associate Professor of Urban Design).

Matthew Blackett is publisher and creative director of Spacing. Blackett was awarded a 2007 Canadian Urban Leadership Award for "City Soul" by the Canadian Urban Institute. Blackett was named Editor of the Year for 2007 by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors and Spacing was named 2007 Canadian Small Magazine of the Year. In 2006, Spacing won a National Magazine Award for Best Editorial Content. Blackett is also the designer behind the magazine's ever-popular Toronto subway station buttons. From 2004 to 2006, Blackett was a member of Toronto's Roundtable on a Clean and Beautiful City, a citizen advisory committee to Mayor David Miller. Currently, Matthew is a member of the City of Toronto's Pedestrian Committee, and sits on the board of directors of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and the Friends of Fort York.

Jose Gutierrez has extensive experience in the design of modular forming systems for large concrete structures like high-rises, tunnels and bridges; in the Americas, Far East Asian, European and Middle Eastern markets. Cantilever construction of cable-stayed bridges are some of the forming systems he has been involved. He moved to Canada in 1998, and graduated as a Civil Engineer Technologist from Seneca College, in Toronto, Ontario. His viaduct proposal calls for the replacement of the existing elevated expressway with an eight to10 lane cable-stayed viaduct over the Lakeshore rail corridor. This proposal resuscitates the original idea of building the freeway over this rail corridor, but also combining it with a new Lakeshore light rail transit system, and lanes for bicycle and pedestrian traffic. The advantage of the viaduct is that its construction is by cantilever, minimizing disruption of the railroad. View the proposal online at www.toviaduct.com

This ongoing debate is encapsulated in the $1 million report which the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation submitted to Mayor David Miller in 2004 and which was released to the public (and to great media attention) in 2006. View the report at www.towaterfront.ca/dbdocs/451ad1fc5015e.pdf

Alternative public space options are also explored in the exhibition Public Space (running until April 20) at Harbourfront Centre's new architecture exhibition space. North Design Office's installation Re-Viewing the Gardiner looks at the void spaces created by the Gardiner Expressway through four modes: photographic, digital film, a scale model, and a glimpse at reality. Hoping to engender a new appreciation for this underused space, the exhibit proposes temporary uses. Harbourfront Centre has established the first public venue in Toronto devoted to presenting exhibitions which challenge, educate and question the prevailing thoughts, ideas and practices informing contemporary architecture. For more information visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/noflash/visarts/architecture.php

View Points is a contemporary culture discussion series focusing on artistic issues and current affairs local, national and international.

For public information call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com. Harbourfront Centre is located 235 Queen's Quay West, Toronto.

Media please contact:
Shane Gerard - Ph: 416-973-4518 or sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
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