International academics gather in Canada to discuss the future of cities

The event is called The World in the City: Metropolitanism and Globalization from the 19th Century to Present. It is the second in an annual gathering of academics and PhD students involved in a variety of fields concerning the urbanism. The first was held in Berlin last year, and this year, York University and the University of Toronto are co-hosting the event in Toronto starting Thursday, May 30, and running through to June 2, reported Radio Canada International May 30. Roger Keil, director of the City Institute at York University, is one of the keynote speakers and an organizer of the event that will bring together experts from universities in Berlin and New York, in addition to those from the two Toronto Universities. Read full story.

You may have to lower expectations, sacrifice to buy here
It wasn’t long ago detached, single-family homes accounted for virtually all growth in York Region. Today, that kind of development is slowing and condominiums are becoming king….Ultimately, residents will have to learn to accept the upward trend, said Professor James McKellar of York University’s Schulich School of Business in the Aurora Banner May 29. “The old guard can’t live forever,” he added. Just as downsizing seniors have had to set their sights on condos, first-time buyers in their 20s and 30s will also have to lower their expectations and look to that side of the market as well, McKellar said. Read full story.

This summer’s best theatre
Not content to stage just one Shakespeare play, Canadian Stage’s Shakespeare In High Park goes for a double header this summer, a nicely paired comedy and tragedy presented in collaboration with York University’s theatre department, reported NOW Magazine May 30. Ted Witzel directs a contemporary version of The Taming Of The Shrew with an MTV feel, while Ker Wells plans an austere, nature-focused take on Macbeth that convinces the audience to empathize with the title character’s choices….The productions run in rep to September 1, with Macbeth opening June 26 and Shrew starting July 6 at the High Park Amphitheatre. Read full story.