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Future Cities Exhibits

Square lights in City Builders Gallery

Experience and interact with the future of city-building through exhibits that transform and breathe life into the former historic kilns, now the TD Future Cities Centre.

Situated in the national hub for Future Cities Canada, the Future Cities Exhibits are designed to ignite conversation, accelerate ideas and demonstrate innovations that shape our cities for the better, for everyone.

Free and open every weekend. See the schedule of activations at the Community Studio here.

The City Builders Gallery

Shifting Boundaries exhibit light squares

Shifting Boundaries

Examine the past, present and future of cities.

This dynamic and immersive installation by Evergreen's resident artist Ferruccio Sardella draws on the insights of a group with specialist experience in developing cities and encourages visitors to consider themes of urban density, public space, and diversity. This is an evolving exhibition with repeated iterations to deepen engagement and create a one-of-a-kind gallery space.

The Brickmakers Gallery

TV screen in brickmakers gallery with building illustrations

Industrial Heritage

See which of Toronto’s buildings were built by the Brick Works.

This exhibit explores the history of Evergreen Brick Works as a brick making factory. Delving into the impact of the Great Toronto Fire and resources extracted from the former quarry onsite, learn about the brick making process and hear the stories and experiences of the workers who were employed by the Don Valley Brick Works.

Sustainable Practices

Learn about how this redeveloped building is reducing our carbon footprint.

This exhibit explores the sustainable practices that have been put into place in Evergreen’s redevelopment of the former kiln building to become the TD Future Cities Centre. Learn about the innovative technique used to create our floor and the geothermal system used to heat and cool the building.

Community Solutions Network Innovation Showcase

Learn about real ideas that uses data and technology to address urban issues in communities across Canada.

In this exhibit, you will see:

  • Green Iglu’s program to support a food secure Northern Canada, complete with a functional hydroponic system.
  • Pond Tech’s use of carbon capture technology to produce algae that can be used for Food, Feed, Fibers and Fuel.
  • The Berczy Glen project, a collaboration between leaders in housing development, sustainable energy, and municipal governance.
  • The Canadian National Institute for the Blind’s beacon and app-based technology to make neighbourhoods more accessible for people with visual impairment.

The Community Solutions Network is a program of Future Cities Canada. Learn more here.

The Innovation Corridor

880 cities exhibit

The Anatomy of a Safe Street by 8 80 Cities

See a recreation of how 8 80 Cities transformed Danforth Ave into a safer street for people, in just one day.

The non-profit organization 8 80 Cities, in just one day, transformed one of the busiest commercial thoroughfares in the country into a safer street for people. You’ll have a chance to interact with some of the pieces of furniture and materials that were used to bring this tactical urbanism project to life. You’ll also see what we learned, the feedback and data collected, and watch a video that documents this innovative transformation that sparked an important conversation on the role of our streets. 

The Animated Kilns

Pink lights in the kilns

Light Tunnels

See the historic kilns brought to life with light.

This public art installation will bring our kilns to life with vibrant projections and colourful lighting. Showcasing the latest creation by Toronto-based multi-media designer, Urban Visuals, each kiln will be lit up to show its unique intricacies and evoke its historical function. Peer into these tunnels and revel in the experience of marrying new technology with history.

The Community Studio

People talking at the community studio

Experience an indoor playground for city-builders of all ages.

This mobile pop-up space is for residents to participate in hands-on activities that allow us to explore urban issues together, discuss how they impact our cities and co-create solutions. Building upon the content in the Future Cities Exhibits, this space will engage visitors of all ages in the themes and ideas being explored.

This fully participatory experience will be open every weekend and often animated by community partners who are themselves active in the city-building space. Participating partners include:

See what's happening with our partners at the Community Studio:

Saturday, October 5 | Sharing Stories Behind Objects

Led by Evergreen and Making Art Making Change.

Do you want to tell us the story behind your object? At Evergreen's biannual Drop, Swap & Shop, share the stories behind what you're swapping. Stories are compasses, they help us understand our relationships and connect with others. In a world driven by consumerism and instant gratification, increasingly we see people are taking action and seeking ways to reduce their environmental impact. Engaging in swaps or various forms of trading and bartering for goods that we need for our everyday life. Essential to this process is building relationships with our objects, shifting from a transactional one anchored in relationships build around shared stories.

Sunday, October 6 | Sharing Stories Behind Objects

Led by Evergreen and Making Art Making Change.

Do you want to tell us the story behind your object? At Evergreen's biannual Drop, Swap & Shop, share the stories behind what you're swapping. Stories are compasses, they help us understand our relationships and connect with others. In a world driven by consumerism and instant gratification, increasingly we see people are taking action and seeking ways to reduce their environmental impact. Engaging in swaps or various forms of trading and bartering for goods that we need for our everyday life. Essential to this process is building relationships with our objects, shifting from a transactional one anchored in relationships build around shared stories.

Sunday, October 27 | The Storybook Project

Led by Evergreen and Department of Imaginary Affairs.

Every person living in Canada has a unique origin story. These stories are influenced from cultures and places from around the world, thanks to our diverse immigrant population. When these stories are woven together, they form the fabric of the story that is Canada’s past, present, and future. The Storybook Project is written by you for all Canadians. Our giant storybook showcases these stories in a fun and interactive way – and you can add your story to the next chapter! By sharing and reflecting on each other’s stories, we gain a sense of belonging to something greater. We get to know who we are as a community, a city, and a nation better. This is an opportunity to understand the struggles of others, and the victories they have achieved. Come and join in the conversation with us and explore the voices of our country.

Bring your stories, images, photos, and anything that helps you remember and tell stories about your culture.

Saturday, November 2 | The Storybook Project

Led by Evergreen and Department of Imaginary Affairs.

Every person living in Canada has a unique origin story. These stories are influenced from cultures and places from around the world, thanks to our diverse immigrant population. When these stories are woven together, they form the fabric of the story that is Canada’s past, present, and future. The Storybook Project is written by you for all Canadians. Our giant storybook showcases these stories in a fun and interactive way – and you can add your story to the next chapter! By sharing and reflecting on each other’s stories, we gain a sense of belonging to something greater. We get to know who we are as a community, a city, and a nation better. This is an opportunity to understand the struggles of others, and the victories they have achieved. Come and join in the conversation with us and explore the voices of our country.

Bring your stories, images, photos, and anything that helps you remember and tell stories about your culture.

Sunday, November 3 | Future Connections

Led by Evergreen and PROCESS.

Future Connections uses analog projections to collectively imagine the future of cities, in real-time. The interactive activity invites visitors to reflect on the Open Smart Teaser exhibit by connecting new learnings with their current life experiences, seeking to develop new ideas for the ways individuals can address urban issues and act, design, interact, and play in cities. Here, you can experiment with colour, shape, texture, and language, directly on an acetate sheets, to respond to a series of prompting questions related to the exhibit, your life, the Brick Works site and what you can do as a city builder to address and act for the future of cities and communities.

As visitors creatively respond to the prompts, their visualizations will project on the kiln walls to reveal collective learnings and calls to action. This activity embodies the acknowledgement of everyone’s role as a city builder by breaking down barriers in regards to who is encouraged to act, exhibit and see their ideas in a gallery space.

Saturday, November 9 | Future Connections

Led by Evergreen and PROCESS.

Future Connections uses analog projections to collectively imagine the future of cities, in real-time. The interactive activity invites visitors to reflect on the Open Smart Teaser exhibit by connecting new learnings with their current life experiences, seeking to develop new ideas for the ways individuals can address urban issues and act, design, interact, and play in cities. Here, you can experiment with colour, shape, texture, and language, directly on an acetate sheets, to respond to a series of prompting questions related to the exhibit, your life, the Brick Works site and what you can do as a city builder to address and act for the future of cities and communities.

As visitors creatively respond to the prompts, their visualizations will project on the kiln walls to reveal collective learnings and calls to action. This activity embodies the acknowledgement of everyone’s role as a city builder by breaking down barriers in regards to who is encouraged to act, exhibit and see their ideas in a gallery space.

Saturday, November 23 | Future Cities, Future Us

Led by Evergreen and Urban Minds.

Future Cities, Future Us is a youth-led, intergenerational exchange of ideas with the goal to build a collective, actionable vision of future cities. Using a participatory process with both digital and physical tools, youth from across the Greater Toronto Area will initiate the conversation with their hopes and vision of future cities, as well as examples of action their generation can take to tackle the global and local challenges we face today. As participants share their thoughts online, their responses will not only produce a real-time visualization on a web-based platform, but also create the foundation of a physical, interactive installation at the Community Studio during the activation dates.

Visitors of all ages at the Community Studio will have an opportunity to respond to the youths’ ideas by voting for their favourites and build on the conversation. At the end of the activation, all the ideas and knowledge generated will be compiled and shared with the youth participants once more as a source of inspiration and a starting point for future youth-led projects.

Saturday, November 30 | Future Cities, Future Us

Led by Evergreen and Urban Minds.

Future Cities, Future Us is a youth-led, intergenerational exchange of ideas with the goal to build a collective, actionable vision of future cities. Using a participatory process with both digital and physical tools, youth from across the Greater Toronto Area will initiate the conversation with their hopes and vision of future cities, as well as examples of action their generation can take to tackle the global and local challenges we face today. As participants share their thoughts online, their responses will not only produce a real-time visualization on a web-based platform, but also create the foundation of a physical, interactive installation at the Community Studio during the activation dates.

Visitors of all ages at the Community Studio will have an opportunity to respond to the youths’ ideas by voting for their favourites and build on the conversation. At the end of the activation, all the ideas and knowledge generated will be compiled and shared with the youth participants once more as a source of inspiration and a starting point for future youth-led projects.