Prominent urbanists and city leaders from around the world — including scholars, planning and design professionals, and industry actors— representing the United Nations, the World Bank, the Canadian Government, the Province of Ontario, the Toronto Board of Trade, the Maytree Foundation, Metrolinx, Waterfront Toronto, the University of Toronto and its academic partners, and companies such as Siemens, Philips, and Cisco — joined Professor Patricia McCarney on September 11 to celebrate the official launch of the Global Cities Institute (GCI).
The new, pre-eminent Institute at the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design assembles a global network of individuals, organizations, foundations, and industry innovators dedicated to securing a better future for cities.
The Global Cities Institute will drive innovation across traditional silos of scholarly and professional activity associated with cities and city building and play a combined role as a custodian of knowledge; a fair broker of information and creative, evidence-based solutions; and a catalyst between industry, government, and the academy.
The new Institute will expand on the groundbreaking work of the Global City Indicators Facility (GCIF), which has developed an unprecedented system to collect globally standardized data from cities around the world. GCIF will be the anchor program in the new Institute.
Professor Richard Sommer, Dean of the Daniels Faculty, joined Professor McCarney, the founding Director of GCI, in welcoming recently named Senior Fellows — including sociology Professor Saskia Sassen from Columbia University and Dr. Gora Mboup, Chief of the Global Urban Observatory at the United Nations in Nairobi — to help launch the Institute.