• Gardiner Museum (map)
  • 111 Queens Park
  • Toronto, ON, M5S 2C7
  • Canada

July 25th - August 5th 2016

We Built This City is a playful way to engage diverse communities in animating, changing and improving our everyday experiences. Over the course of the two weeks, Crazy Dames will work with participants to create a scale version of the neighbourhood, build forts, and engage in walkshops, as a way to reimagine our public spaces. The program coincides with the City of Toronto Planning Division’s TO CORE initiative, a study that looks at using growth in Toronto's Downtown to make the city a great place to live, work, learn, play and invest. 

In addition to free programs and events, visitors can also experience the project and add to the neighbourhood model during regular Museum hours, included with admission.


Crazy Dames is a collaboration between Jennie Suddick, a visual artist/educator, and Sara Udow, an urban/community/cultural planner. As an ode to Jane Jacobs, the seminal urban theorist who was often dismissed as a ‘crazy dame’ by male counterparts, Jennie and Sara use the artist’s studio as an experimental lab to test Jacobs’ ideas: her focus on people and her tradition of fostering tactical and collaborative approaches to city building.

For information on the events and to register, visit: http://www.crazydames.com/webuiltthiscity

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