Westbank has built a practice around long-term commitments to artistry, sustainability and city-building. These commitments underlie an orientation towards projects like Woodwards, Vancouver House, Mirvish Village, Telus Garden and Oakridge – catalysts for larger change that go beyond the borders of the projects themselves. We are here to create. To provoke. To ignite. We are the vehicle for a new movement of cultural expression.

As the practice matures, we have become more ambitious. With every new project reflecting our commitment to the philosophy behind Gesamkunstwerk, or in our recent work the Japanese philosophy behind layering, the net effect is that our work becomes much more complex and far-reaching.

The core of Westbank’s mission is to create a body of work with a high degree of artistry that helps foster more equitable and beautiful cities. Westbank is active across Canada and in the United States, with projects including luxury residential, Five Star hotels, retail, office, rental, district energy systems, affordable housing initiatives and public art. Established in 1992, we are one of North America’s leading developers, with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Seattle, Shanghai, Beijing, Taiwan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shenzhen and over 25 billion dollars of projects completed or under development.

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February 23, 2016

Panel of celebrated urbanists welcome Bjarke to Toronto

“How can architecture build community?” That’s the title of Bjarke Ingels’ discussion in Toronto this week, and it captures the ambition of BIG’s design for a site on downtown Toronto’s King Street West.

A panel of celebrated urbanists will join Bjarke, moderated by Denise Donlon, for an evening of conversation of how architecture creates community.

Join us as we Livestream Bjarke Ingels LIVE from Toronto, ON.

Bjarke Ingels
Founder, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

Group in 2005, with offices in Copenhagen and New York. BIG is led by Ingels with 11 additional partners, employing 300 architects, designers, builders and thinkers who come from over 25+ countries representing Scandinavia, North America, Latin America, the Far East andcamer Continental Europe. Since 2009, Ingels has won numerous architectural competitions and awards, including AIA National Architecture Honor Award (2015); AIA NY Urban Design Merit Award (2015); RIBA Award European National Winner (2014); Architizer A+ Awards (2014); Progressive Architecture Design Award (2013); Nordic Light Award (2013); International Economic Development Council Excellence Award (2012); Crown Prince Culture Prize, Danish Culture Fund (2011);   Wall Street Journal Architectural Innovator of the Year Award (20111; Scandinavian Green Roof Award (2010); Cityscape Dubai Award (2009).

Denise Donlon—Moderator
Media Executive

Denise Donlon is one of Canada’s most innovative broadcasters and respected corporate leaders, renowned for incorporating journalism, social issues, arts & culture and human rights advocacy in her work. A member of the Order of Canada since 2004, Donlon has served as General Manager of CBC English radio, President of Sony Music Canada, and VP/GM of MuchMusic and MuchMoreMusic.

Cameron Bailey
Artistic Director, TIFF
The Artistic Director of The Toronto International Film Festival, one of the world’s biggest and most important film festivals, Cameron Bailey brings a comprehensive wealth of experience to his position. He is also a former film critic and long-standing Festival programmer and under his lead the festival continues to grow in size and significance every year.

Sheldon Levy
Deputy Minister, Government of Ontario
Past President Ryerson University

Sheldon Levy was appointed Deputy Minister of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities on December 1, 2015. Prior to this appointment, Sheldon served for ten years as President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University, and in senior leadership positions in four postsecondary institutions in the GTA:  Sheridan College, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Toronto, and York University.

Richard M. Sommer
University of Toronto,
Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design

Richard Sommer is an architect and urbanist with over twenty years of experience as a practitioner, educator, and theorist, and is currently the Dean of the Daniels Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto. Before being appointed Dean in 2009, Sommer was the Director of Urban Design Programs and a member of the design faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Zahra Ebrahim
Co-CEO, Doblin Canada

As Co-CEO of Doblin, Canada’s largest design-based innovation firm, and founder of the design think tank, archiTEXT, Zahra is deeply invested in design as a process for exploring community engagement, institutional innovation and participatory city building. She has taught at OCAD University, the Museum of Modern Art, and the University of Toronto. She was recently nominated as one of CBC’s 12 Young Leaders to Watch, Next City’s Vanguard “40 under 40 Civic Leaders”, and named one of United Way’s “Changemakers to Watch in 2016”.



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