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Paradox in Practice: The City as a Work of Art and the Open Source Metropolis

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 | 7 pm

Champlain Room, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. West

Speaker:  Mark Sterling, OAA, MCIP, RPP

In this talk architect, urban designer and planner Mark Sterling will contrast two approaches to urban planning: the “City as a Work of Art”, a top-down Master Planning approach formulated in the late 19th century which continues to inform practice today; and the “Open Source Metropolis”, an emerging bottom-up urban planning approach which provides for varied participants to influence the planning process and create planning policy.

Using his own work and professional experience as examples, Mark will argue that both of these two planning modes should operate in the contemporary city. Mark asserts the importance of acknowledging which mode is appropriate to a particular situation and using that planning approach accordingly. Please join us for a discussion of the paradox of how two seemingly conflicting methodologies can in fact co-exist to yield the best results in city building.

About Mark

Mark Sterling is the Principal of Acronym Urban Design and Planning in Toronto. He is the former Director of Architecture and Urban Design for the City of Toronto and has been a member of the City of Mississauga’s Urban Design Advisory Panel since 2007 and the City of Ottawa’s Design Review Panel since 2013.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 | 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa

At long last, our friend David Gordon has completed his most recent book entitled Town and Crown:  An Illustrated History of Canada’s Capital.

To mark this milestone, the Library and Archives Canada, in collaboration with the University of Ottawa and the Centre on Governance are presenting the Ottawa book launch along with a presentation by Mr. Gordon.  The event will include an introduction by Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada and will be moderated by Dr. Caroline Andrew, Director, Centre on Governance, University of Ottawa.

Please register by email at ceg-cog@uOttawa.ca

About the Book:  Town and Crown is an illustrated history of the planning and development of Canada’s capital city. It is the story of the transformation of the region from a sub-arctic wilderness portage to an attractive modern metropolis with a high quality of life. The book examines the period from 1800–2011, and is the first major study that covers both sides of the Ottawa River, addressing the settlement history of Aboriginal, French and English peoples.


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