This city-wide planning study seeks to engage and understand the needs and circumstances of families raising children in high rise apartment and condo towers. In order to comprehend existing conditions parents and children face, Jane devised and led an ‘ethnographic’ research approach that involved in-depth interviews and walk throughs with families in their living spaces and neighbourhood.  We asked people what was and wasn’t working at the unit, building and neighbourhood scale, in addition to documenting the ‘hacks’ they had made to address specific challenges in their condos and communities like a lack of storage, children’s play space and walkability.

Hearing directly from parents and children was essential to understanding their motivations to live in high rises, and what could make this a viable, long term housing arrangement.  In subsequent phases of the study Jane held public workshops and pop-up consultation events in major growth centres of Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough and the downtown core.


Client: City of Toronto/Urban Strategies 2016-2017

Role: Public facilitation lead, process design, survey development, interviewing and reporting


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