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Symposium 2014

IH3: NXT City Prize: A Scalable Model for Youth Engagement in City Building

October 02, 2014


The 2014 NXT City Prize asked people under 30 to inspire Toronto with big, bold, and forward-thinking ideas for its public spaces. With a jury led by Toronto’s Chief Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, 122 submissions from across Ontario were received, ranging from alternative bench designs, to mobile apps, to a park built over an expressway. Next year, the competition will expand to more cities across Canada. The success of the NXT City Prize begs the question: In the digital age, are there new models to gain meaningful input into the future of urban public spaces from our youth?