EVENTS // Global Cities Summit

Eight student teams from six Ontario universities were selected to exhibit their "big ideas" and innovations for cities on the theme, Getting on Track: Sustainable and Inclusive Prosperity for Cities, in a poster competition at the Global Cities Summit, May 15 and 16, 2014. The finalists represented a variety of disciplines including architecture, engineering, geography, planning and public policy.


The exhibit provided an opportunity for students to meet and network with many international delegates and to showcase their work to leaders from around the world, which students expressed to be a rare and valuable experience.


International delegates cast votes for the winning posters, which were announced at the closing of the Summit, and the top three finalists were awarded cash prizes.


Students' Made-In-Ontario innovations garnered praise from international delegates.


The strong interest in and enthusiasm for the students' BIG IDEAS at the Global Cities Summit reflected the interest and discussions involved in urban development around the needs of our cities. Ontario students have shown significant potential for tackling the current and future challenges facing cities towards real sustainable quality of life and inclusive prosperity, considering also placemaking as places to hold social capital. PolisMaker Lab - Politecnico di Milano and I congratulate the competition finalists and winners for their useful contributions, ranging from the concrete to the conceptual, applicable to all delegates, members and partners of the Global Cities Summit from around the World.


-- Prof. Santiago Caprio, Politecnico di Milano


View the eight finalists below!



Project 1
The Effects of Successful Water Conservation Programs On Municipalities’ Financial Viability | Inem Chahal, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
Project 2
ShoreLine Skyway: A Next Generation Aerial Lift for Toronto's Waterfront | Kyle Miller, Department of Geography, University of Toronto | Matthew Kelling, Program in Planning, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
Project 3
The political marketing of urban intensification | Nancy Cruz, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario
Project 4
Street+ | Angela Ng, Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario | Ryan Lo, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
Project 5
Sameboat | Aly Rattansi, Faculty of Information, iSchool, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
Project 6
An Atlas for Urban Rail Transit | Duncan Sabiston, John H. Daniels Faculty of Landscape Architecture and Design, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
Project 7
UrbanFeel | Michael Ostrander, Faculty of Geography, Western University, London, Ontario | Greg Hayes, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
Project 8
Planning for Municipal Sustainability: Policy Review and Assessment Tools | Jeff Smith, Morgan Ellis, Andrew Creighton, Tanushree Bhattacharya, Derek Ellis, Nicole Forbes, Centre for Environment and Sustainability, Western University, London, Ontario
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