Place Making: Developing Town Centers, Transit Villages and Main Streets

    TORONTO, Sept. 6 /CNW/ -

    WHEN:   September 10-11, 2007

    WHERE:  Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
            Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    ULI's ninth annual place making conference will focus on approaches that
are being used across North America to support mixed-use place making
projects. The conference will draw on Toronto's success and will address the
challenges inherent in both infill and greenfield place making.  These
challenges include:  neighborhood opposition, financing, public/private
partnership, changing markets and unfriendly regulatory environments.
    Keynote speaker, Jonathan Littman, co-author, the Art of Innovation,
lauded as one of the best books on creativity and innovative thinking, will
share his thoughts on how the best ideas for creating or improving products or
processes come from observations of how people work and play on a daily basis.
    Keynote speaker, Helle Soholt, founding partner, GEHL Architects in
Copenhagen, will discuss urban design and architecture.
    In addition to the two-day conference, there are optional tours of the
Toronto waterfront, downtown Toronto and Mississauga and Port Credit Village.

    Monday, September 10
    8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
    Opening remarks by conference chair, Marilee Utter, president,
    Citiventure Associates, Denver, Colorado.

    8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
    Opening Plenary Session
    Infill Place Making: Creating Mixed-Use Environments on Underutilized

    A panel of experts will discuss the challenges and opportunities of
developing mixed-use projects in existing communities.

    10:30 a.m. - Noon
    Concurrent Sessions
    The Value of Great Public Spaces in Town Centers and Urban Villages
    Mixed-use and Sustainable Development

    12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
    Luncheon and Keynote Address -- Jonathan Littman -- The Art of Innovation

    1:45 p.m. - 2 p.m. -- Meet the Author

    2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Concurrent Sessions
    The Changing Housing Mix in Town Centers and Urban Villages
    Zoning for Place Making: Public and Private Perspectives

    3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
    Concurrent Sessions
    Getting to Yes: Strategies for Mixed-Use Project Approval
    Main Street Retail: Old and New

    Tuesday, September 11
    8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
    Opening Session
    Keynote Address -- Helle Soholt, GHL Architects, Copenhagen

    9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Concurrent Sessions
    Financing Mixed-Use: Which Way is the Wind Blowing?
    Transit-Oriented Development: Urban Centers in Suburban Contexts

    11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Closing Plenary Session
    Place Making in Toronto

    The Urban Land Institute ( is a nonprofit education
and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide
leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining
thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has more
than 37,000 members representing all aspects of land use.

    CONTACT: Marge Fahey, director of media relations of the Urban Land
Institute, +1-202-624-7187,

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