I am Jose Torcal, a civil engineer with over seven years of experience working in sustainability and public space across four different countries

My projects and interventions address climate change and improve our cities, starting from the community. I have a strong commitment to collaborate across sectors and organizations to support the global movement towards sustainable communities. 

I love summer, cycling in the city and music. I play sax in the afrobeat band Tumako. I regularly share my thoughts in a newsletter called Nothing to declare.

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The Bentway:
Community 
Incubation Program

TORONTO, ON , CANADA

Fall 2019

Series of hands-on training and urban exploration walks to understand, reclaim and celebrate nature in the city of Toronto by learning about water.

Project selected by The Bentway in response to a call for proposals under the theme of Second Nature. The incubator brings together a team of artists, activists, scientists and innovators to create programming for this new linear park. 

 

Role:

Public Space Activation & Community Engagement

Collaborators:

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02

RAINscapeTO

TORONTO

2019-Present

Social enterprise that designs, builds and maintains beautiful Earth-friendly landscapes.

It delivers stormwater management solutions for residential properties such as raingardens and bio-swales while providing meaningful employment for indigenous youth.  

 

Role:

Business Management. Human resources, financial, commercial and technical overseeing

 

Collaborators:

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Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Program

TORONTO

2015-2019

Neighbourhood-based sustainability plans that foster climate action by tapping into community needs and motivators. They are co-created by community members (residents, associations, businesses) and municipal staff (planners, engineers, landscape architects, social workers), and facilitated by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (a watershed-based environmental agency).

Role:

Program Management & Community Engagement 

Collaborators:

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Water Operating Partnership

THE NETHERLANDS & NICARAGUA

2013-2014

International partnership between Dutch and Nicaraguan water authorities to share knowledge and build capacity in integrated water management. Project outcomes include coaching a group of local technicians in surveying the urban drainage systems and modelling different climate scenarios. Findings inform capital and operational investments in the City of Matagalpa (Nicaragua).

Role:

Project Management, Technical Advice & International Liaison

Collaborators:

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Infrastructure Renewal 

SPAIN

2008-2011

Municipal infrastructure renewal in collaboration with engineers and planners. Projects range from technical support to small municipalities in addressing urban drainage and water supply challenges to design and build regional roads and urban streetscapes.

Role:

Design & Construction 

 
 
 

Projects

 
 

I moved away from the idea of being an 'architect', meaning as somebody who carries a full picture of the final work, to 'gardener', somebody who plants seeds and watches them grow Brian Eno

Interview in the Bentway

Celebrating Nature in the City with Community Programming

Interview in How Public Works podcast

RAINscapeTO and life in a global village with Jose Torcal

Interview in Water in Flux

Podcast by the researchers of the Turquoise Desert Research Program  

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Media

Musings

Let's Chat

Are you interested in working together or just want to get to know each other over a cortado? Let's chat! I am currently based in Toronto and always open to global collaborations and partnerships