Urbanist's guide to Toronto

Toronto Intro ・ Sep 23, 2018

Photo by Ali Tawfiq on Unsplash

Places to go, projects to check out

  • The project initiatives by Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Lab is probably one of the hottest urban issues in Toronto right now. They are testing some of the Google-affiliate’s plans to develop a long list of futuristic “smart city” innovations with some new urban technologies.

  • The Bentway is an interesting & innovative public space project under the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto. Monocle’s podcast The Urbanist has an episode about this place — check it out!

  • You can check Urban Toronto Development Map and see all the development plans on a map. You can filter the map by buiidling status, building type and developer. It's a great tool to imagine what the future of Toronto would like.


  • blogTO is a great daily source for local news and culture, restaurant reviews, event. They have great neighbourhood guide, too.

  • The Exposed City: Mapping the Urban Invisibles is a book for all the map lovers. The author is from the University of Toronto, and it focuses on urban elements that are invisible to the human eye.

  • The very unique Canadian magazine Spacing that covers urban affairs in the country, of course, has a brunch in Toronto. Spacing Toronto is a great introducing and a daily information resource for urbanists.

  • If you love arts — Canadian Art is the preeminent platform for journalism and criticism about art and culture in Canada.

  • OldTO (Old Toronto) is an open-source map tool created by above mentioned Sidewalk Labs. It provides block-by-block browsing of historic Toronto photographs. It's a great way to gather scattered memories to a communal platform.


  • Global Cities Institute is initiated by the University of Toronto in the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. It deals with various urban data to calculate, analyze and visualize in order to seek for alternative and progressive forms of urbanization.

  • A non-profit applied research organization The Canadian Urban Institute has a variety of programs and educational events to join, with is developed around the theme of healthy urban development.

  • If you have graduated from a Masters, LLB, JD or Ph.D. program within the last three years,Toronto Urban Fellows by the city of Toronto could be your next very interesting career path.

  • Myseum of Toronto is not like a regular museum — it’s every place in the city. You can participate Myseum programs all year long at exhibits, online, and at pop-up events around the city. I like it when they say "You are the “my” in Myseum", meaning that we can share our own stories, ideas, arts and music with them!