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Streetfight: New York’s Urban Revolution

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
6:00 to 7:00 p.m. (Reception); 7:00-8:30 p.m. (Presentation)

Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park
1000 Exhibition Way, Ottawa

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An evening with Janette Sadik-Khan

Janette Sadik-Khan, co-author of Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution and former Transportation Commissioner for New York City, will be in Ottawa on Wednesday April 27 to talk about how she re-imagined public spaces and helped transform the streets New York – one of the world’s greatest, toughest cities – into dynamic spaces for pedestrians and cyclists.

Sadik-Khan, during her tenure as Transportation Commissioner, implemented an ambitious program to improve street safety, mobility, and sustainability throughout New York City. To help Ottawa accelerate the urban revolution for people-centred street design, Sadik-Khan will share tips on how to rethink, reinvigorate and redesign our city for safer, more livable streets. Her book Streetfight will be available for purchase and signing.

Reception at 6:00 pm, talk starts at 7:00 at the Horticulture Building, Landsdowne Park. The event is free, but RSVP is required. RSVP below to save your seat.

This event is presented by Ecology Ottawa along with a range of community cosponsors including Urban Forum.

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In 1997, the Ottawa chapters of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI), the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA), the Ottawa Regional Society of Architects (ORSA) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) joined forces to present Urban Forum, a lecture series for their members as well as elected officials, students and the public at large in the Ottawa area. Four times per year, internationally known speakers and local experts address topics that reflect the challenges faced by the associations’ combined membership.

Since its inception, Urban Forum has hosted lectures on a wide variety of topics. Some lectures went on a road trip to other Cities such as Urban Diversity: Planning Multicultural Cities, What Makes Great Streets and Shaping Our Cities by Design. Given that Canadian cities face similar issues and can benefit from learning from each other, Urban Forum is taking a more national focus by partnering with its national counterparts to host lectures in major Canadian cities.

The objectives of the lecture series are to:

The lecture series has been successful in encouraging an ongoing dialogue between professionals, engaging elected officials, government staffs and the public to discuss new ideas and raising the profile of the professional associations. The free public lectures bring together people from different background to discuss issues of community interest. The audience tends to change with topics. The sponsors also vary with the topics. Each lecture contributes to a community debate that generates incremental and positive changes.

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