Ep. 304 – Blonder on Smart Density

Naama Blonder has a bold vision to change what good development can and should look like. With that in mind, she co-founded Smart Density in 2017. Her professional work spans planning and architecture and by marrying the two disciplines, she brings a deeper and more realistic understanding of how municipal policies take physical form.

She’s also the subject matter expert for the City of Toronto, expanding housing options in our neighbourhoods committee, and a board member of affordable housing provider Cahuilla. She also co-authored the housing affordability report of the Ontario Association of Architects and served on the design review panel for the City of Burlington, where she provided urban design advice for development applications.

On top of all that, she practices what she preaches and lives with her husband and child in a multi-family building in a transit accessible area of Toronto near a local park.

Notes from the interview:

Namaa’s Mini Mid-Rise

Hi-Lo prototype by Phaedrus Studio

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