Lessons in Creative Placemaking



A veritable building boom of condominium development and arts projects in West Queen West is challenging the notion that creative hotspots must follow the usual pattern of gentrification and displacement of artists from the neighbourhoods they have helped to enliven. As the neighbourhood welcomes thousands of new residents, Artscape, Active 18, the Toronto Media Arts Cluster, The Theatre Centre, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and others are working hard to expand the amount of sustainable creative space available.

At 75,000 square feet, Artscape Youngplace will be the largest cultural institution in the West Queen West neighbourhood, and will contain five streams of activity:

  • Studios for artists, craftspeople and designers
  • Learning Labs
  • Showcase/gallery spaces
  • Social spaces for the community
  • Creation Labs
The building will contain a mix of private, shared and public spaces, and many tenants will offer a range of formal and informal programs and services to the local community.

The successful realization of this project reflects the themes we will explore throughout this short film series:

  • Clustering
  • Collaboration:
  • Leadership
  • Openness and Creativity
  • Creative Placemaking Know How
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