Enercare Centre Toronto
April 6 & 7, 2022

Features and 2021 Seminar Talks

Health and Wellness in Public Spaces

Moderator: Catherine Osborne, Architecture and design journalist

Panel Guests:

  • Ilana Altman, Co-Executive Director of The Bentway
  • Janet Rosenberg, Ph.D. Honoris Causa, FCSLA, AALA, AAPQ, BCSLA, OALA, FASLA, IFLA, RCA
  • Matt Williams, AALA OALA CSLA Principal, Landscape Architect O2 Planning + Design Inc.

This panel will focus on the value of parks and public spaces in the context of health and wellness. New York's iconic Central Park was built to ward off tuberculosis in the 1850s. Fast forward to the current pandemic in 2021: how are creative minds thinking about health and wellness in public spaces? This list of creative people and practices are redefining what public spaces, whether under a highway overpass, or reclaiming unused urban space, can look like. Now, more than ever we need insight into how we can safely re-emerge into beautiful and functional outdoor spaces.



Panel Guests:

Ilana Altman, Co-Executive Director of The Bentway

Ilana Altman is a cultural planner and designer who has a background in art and architecture. In her role as Co-Executive Director she works with the community to implement innovative and engaging programming, revealing new possibilities for public space and cultivates the best visitor experience possible.

Prior to joining The Bentway team, Ilana worked for a number of notable design firms including Studio Daniel Libeskind and Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York and KPMB Architects in Toronto. She has led the curation and design of exhibitions and installations at the SFMOMA, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Additionally, she has worked closely with artists to realize public art installations for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche. In 2014 Ilana founded the Artful City, a Toronto collective that aims to advance public art research, policies, and imaginations.

Additionally, Ilana founded and served as the Executive Director of the Pavilion Project from 2015-2017.



Janet Rosenberg Ph.D. Honoris Causa, FCSLA, AALA, AAPQ, BCSLA, OALA, FASLA, IFLA, RCA

For nearly 40 years, Toronto-based Janet Rosenberg & Studio (JRS), led by landscape architect Janet Rosenberg, has created beautiful landscapes and intelligent urban and natural spaces that have significantly advanced the landscape architecture profession in Canada. The firm’s work has consistently demonstrated a creative and innovative approach to design, a strong commitment to sustainability and a sophisticated cross-disciplinary approach to large urban projects. Janet’s designs tell a narrative about the land, deeply informed by each site's natural and cultural history. Her influence extends well beyond her award-winning projects and the large body of work created by JRS. She is equally well-known and widely respected as a passionate advocate for the critical role of landscape architecture in the public realm. www.jrstudio.ca

Instagram: @janetrosenbergstudio Twitter: @JRStudio_news


Matt Williams, AALA OALA CSLA Principal, Landscape Architect O2 Planning + Design Inc. @O2planningdesign

Matt is a Principal and Landscape Architect at O2 Planning & Design, managing the firm’s public realm and open space projects. O2 is an award-winning collaborative studio that integrates landscape architecture, ecology, urban design, and planning in holistic practice to create highly valued places. The firm works across scales, from city-wide plans to districts, and large parks to streets and plazas. Matt’s work emphasizes the development of multi-functional landscapes and public spaces that meet both the cultural and ecological needs of a site. Projects such as West Eau Claire Park, Dale Hodges Park, and the Bow to Bluff Public Realm, illustrate O2’s commitment to collaboration and design excellence.




Catherine Osborne, Architecture and design journalist

Catherine Osborne has been an influential voice in the design world for over 20 years and has written extensively on architecture, urbanism and design.


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