Design is a relatively small part of the budget for Public-Private Partnership (P3) infrastructure projects, but when design is used strategically the impact can be catalytic. DIAC took up an invitation from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to organize a tour and talk on the Eglinton Crosstown, as part of the Toronto Urbanism Symposium.
In October 2018, the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity invited DIAC to develop and lead a Design Immersion tour as part of the TCI Network Global Conference in Toronto. The conference focused on best practices in the management of economic clusters. It gave DIAC the opportunity to showcase, to an international audience, some vital aspects of Toronto’s design cluster. It also provided a chance to assess the assets of design in the context of local priority clusters in the Toronto Region, including advanced manufacturing, food, financial services, transportation and logistics.