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Perfect City

Finding the Perfect City

An insider’s tour of the world’s largest and most diverse cities, meeting the people and experiencing the alchemy that makes each one extraordinary

Joe Berridge

Joe Berridge, a partner at Urban Strategies, is an urban planner and city builder who has had an integral role in the development of complex urban planning and regeneration projects in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Europe and Asia. He has been strategic advisor for the development of the city centres of Manchester, Belfast and Cardiff and for the waterfronts of Toronto, Singapore, Sydney, Cork, London and Governors Island in New York City. He has prepared campus master plans for the Universities of Manchester, Waterloo, Queen's and Western and is now advising on the new hub for Toronto Pearson International Airport. Joe teaches at the University of Toronto and is a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

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Breaking Ground: Sidewalk Labs Proposes a New Future for Cities

Joe Berridge, whose firm consulted with Sidewalk Labs in developing their Master Innovation and Development Plan (MIDP), sees an opportunity for Toronto to position itself as a leader in innovative city building practices, right down to the wood frame construction.

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Perfect City in the CSLA journal

A thoughtful review of Perfect City in the CSLA journal, Landscapes/Paysages Winter 2019, by Doug Carlyle, and featuring some of Joe’s working sketches.

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BLOCK Magazine- Fall/Winter 2019

Check out Benjamin Leszcz fascinating interview with Joe in the latest edition of BLOCK magazine

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ULI Electric Cities 

Season 4 Episode 1: Welcome to Toronto – A Global City on the Rise

This episode is a ‘welcome mat’ for visitors coming to Toronto, eager to learn what makes this city tick and why it continues to be one of the fastest growing urban regions in North America. Visitors to Toronto include the thousands of ULI members that will be descending on our city from other parts of North America, Europe and Asia to attend the ULI Spring Meeting later this year, from May 12-14, 2020.

Jeremy sits down with Joe Berridge – one of the most respected Registered Professional Planners among Toronto’s planning and development community. A partner with Urban Strategies, Joe has over 40 years’ experience providing advice to an extensive range of government and private sector clients, in Toronto, across Canada and in an impressive number of cities around the world.

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Face2Face host David Peck

Joe Berridge and Face2Face host David Peck talk about cities and entropy, why they’re like purpose built machines, liberty, innovation, democracy and urban planning and why successful cities need immigrants.

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Spacing Magazine

Urban Strategies Inc. partner Joe Berridge speaks about his book “Perfect City: an urban fixer’s global search for magic in the modern metropolis.”

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Steve Paikin The Agenda

What is the world’s most perfect city? New York? London? Shanghai? How about Ontario’s capital city? It’s a question that obviously has no definitive answer, but it does makes for a great debate. Urban planner Joe Berridge has contributed his ideas in his new book, “Perfect City: An Urban Fixer’s Global Search for Magic in the Modern Metropolis.” He talks to Steve Paikin about his work.