Barbara Rahder

Norma Rantisi

Kanishka Goonewardena

Katharine Rankin

Woodsworth College, Room 121 | 117/119 St. George Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 3G3 (map)

Planners Network Book Launch:

Transformative Planning: Radical Alternatives to Neoliberal Urbanism

Planners Network is the organization of progressive planning. Since 1975, PN has served as a voice for social, economic, and environmental justice through planning through a number of initiatives such as newsletters, conferences, magazine publications, and planning action. Building on this long-term commitment to progressive planning, PN has just released a book called “Transformative Planning: Radical Alternatives to Neoliberal Urbanism“.

Please join us in celebrating the book launch! The event features a panel discussion among PN members: Barbara Rahder (Professor Emeritus, York University), Norma Rantisi (Concordia University), Kanishka Goonewardena (University of Toronto), and Katharine Rankin (University of Toronto). Moderated by Kuni Kamizaki (University of Toronto), the panel discussion focuses on the history of Planners Network and the importance of transformative planning at the current conjuncture.

This event is organized and sponsored by the Intersection Speaker Series at the Department of Geography and Planning at University of Toronto and the Critical Planning Cluster.

Books will be available for purchase! About the book: “Though modern urban planning is only a century old, it appears to be facing extinction. Historically, urban planning has been narrowly conceived, ignoring gaping inequalities of race, class, and gender while promoting unbridled growth and environmental injustices. In Transformative Planning, Tom Angotti (editor of Progressive City magazine) argues that unless planning is radically transformed and develops serious alternatives to neoliberal urbanism and disaster capitalism it will be irrelevant in this century. This book emerges from decades of urban planners and activists contesting inequalities of class, race, and gender in cities around the world. It compiles the discussions and debates that appeared in the publications of Planners Network, a North American urban planners’ association. Original contributions have been added to the collection so that it serves as both a reflection of past theory and practice and a challenge for a new generation of activists and planners.”


Woodsworth College (117/119 St. George Street, Toronto, M5S3G3) is an accessible building. Closest TTC locations: St. George Station, the 510 Spadina streetcar, and the 94 Wellesley/Ossington bus at St. George Street.
Toronto is in the ‘Dish With One Spoon Territory’. The Dish With One Spoon is a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land. Subsequent Indigenous Nations and peoples, Europeans and all newcomers have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect.

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