Tag Archives: incubators

unusual spaces: new solutions

NetGain has become identified with the cultural community because that’s where we started, in the arts.  However, we quickly discovered that the challenges facing arts organizations were troubling organizations in other fields of non-profit management, as well as in government and the corporate sector.  Soon, our work broadened from the performing and visual arts to…
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Meanwhile (leases), in Toronto

Almost everyone in Toronto recognizes the economic value of a strong, resident, creative industry work force.  And, almost anyone who thinks about it would agree that abundant and profitable commercial real estate is also critical to economic growth and prosperity. In fact, the former contributes to the latter.  As creative industries flourish, they add to…
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Thinking inside the box: The City’s approach to innovation

When Edward Keenan points out that the City of Toronto hinders innovation, he doesn’t go halfway far enough in his critique. This is unusual, because Keenan often writes what I think, sometimes before I think it, and always more intelligently than in my overwrought postings. His general point is that the City inhibits innovation in…
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The Opportunity Presented by Sky-high Energy Costs

There are two things that are clear about high rises: One is that Toronto has a staggering number of these residential and commercial buildings and development shows no sign of stopping. The other, is that these buildings present unique energy management challenges and opportunities. Taken together, these towers are racking up sky-high costs in terms…
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