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Faculty of Community Services

Christopher Alton


Planning PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

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  • Resource extraction
  • Urbanization and landscape theory
  • Mixed methods in design


I am a PhD candidate in planning at the University of Toronto, with a focus on resource extraction, landscape and planning theory. My work looks at the historic relationship between resource extraction, urbanization and the production of urban landscapes, in the Canadian context. I have been a speaker at the Géographies de l’Exploitation Phyllis Lambert Seminar at the Université de Montréal and an invited guest critic and speaker at several design schools.

I have worked as a researcher for plandform and the Urban Theory Lab GSD, and as a planner with OPSYS Landscape Infrastructure Lab. I was project co-manager and lead researcher for Canada’s entry for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. I studied urban and regional planning at Ryerson University and hold a master in design studies (MDes) with distinction from Harvard Graduate School of Design. My work is supported by a SSHRC CGS Doctoral Scholarship.

Position Currently Held:

Contract Lecturer

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