Imagining My Sustainable City (IMSC) is a four day intensive program that brings ecological awareness into Grade 7 and 8 classrooms through an introduction to sustainable urban planning and architecture. To date No.9, in partnership with the Toronto District School Board, has reached over 1500 students, 50 classrooms in each of Toronto’s 44 wards, and five priority Toronto neighbourhoods. Over the past two years, IMSC expanded to Chicago, reaching 70 students in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
Building on the success of Imagining My Sustainable City over the past three years, No.9, in partnership with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, is expanding IMSC to Hamilton as a part of the Hamilton Revitalization Action Campaign in collaboration with Evergreen CityWorks and the Hamilton Community Foundation. The call to action aligns with No.9’s mission to educate the next generation about the development of sustainable communities.
Since October 2013, No.9 has engaged 24 members of the Ontario Association of Architects as volunteers in Imagining My Sustainable City classrooms across the city of Toronto. No.9 will have the opportunity to engage OAA members and practicing professionals in Hamilton as we expand the program to additional Ontario cities.
"I learned many new things about architecture and will never look at the city the same again."