No Accidental City Video

April 26, 2017

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Urban Strategies produced a short video to kick off Electric Cities, ULI Toronto’s Spring Symposium, held April 24 and 25th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Over 1000 attendees from the real estate development, policy, and consulting fields attended what was a thought-provoking program.

The theme of the video, No Accidental City, is a nod to Robert Fulford’s 1995 book “Accidental City: The Transformation of Toronto“.  In the 20+ years since that book’s publication, Toronto has been transformed, arguably through well-considered planning decisions and regional policy. This video celebrates these successes and looks to the future, culminating in a model sequence depicting the planned changes to downtown Toronto.

Our visualizations team has captured the extraordinary growth that has occurred in the last 20 years, and the even more stunning growth yet to come. This proprietary model, continuously developed over the last decade, provides an essential resource for Urban Strategies to place clients’ developments or master plans within the current and future context of this exploding metropolis. For more information, contact our lead model maker, Senior Associate Geoff Whittaker.

We gratefully acknowledge and credit all of the source material:


City of Toronto

City of Hamilton

City of Vaughan

First Gulf

Greater Toronto Airports Authority

Gregory Greene, director & producer

Ivanhoé Cambridge


RioCan REIT, Allied Properties, Diamond Corp

The Bentway

Toronto Financial District

Toronto Public Library

Toronto and Region Conservation

Toronto Transit Commission

Tourism Toronto

Waterfront Toronto



The Secret Society Toronto

Mustafa Ismaeel – Endless Vacation (Original Mix)



Aga Khan Museum – Flickr/sean_marshall

Ryerson Student Centre – Flickr/Umair Khan