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

Presented Apr 2016

April 2016 Speaker:  Mark Sterling, OAA, MCIP, RPP Download the poster here In this talk architect, urban designer and planner Mark Sterling contrasted 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 […]

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth and Farewell to Oak Street at the Mayfair

Presented Mar 2016

March 2016 Presented at the Mayfair Theatre Urban Forum was pleased to present its second Urban Film night at the Mayfair.  The aim of the Urban Film Series is present films that focus on the mutually impactful relationship between urban design, planning, architecture and people.  This year’s selections included “The Priutt Igoe Myth” as the feature, preceded by […]

The City as Nation Builder

Presented Oct 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 Co-Sponsored by:  Diamond Schmitt Architects and Planning and Growth Management, City of Ottawa Presenter:  A.J. Diamond, Diamond Schmitt Architects A.J. Diamond is: founder of Diamond Schmitt Architects (DSAI); RAIC Gold Medalist; member of the Order of Ontario; an Officer of the Order of Canada; a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of […]

Heart of a Nation

Presented Jun 2015

The Long Term Vision and Plan for Ottawa’s Parliamentary and Judicial Precincts June 10, 2015 Presenters:  Lyette Fortin and Robert Allsopp Since Queen Victoria selected Bytown as Canada’s capital in 1858, the Parliamentary and Judicial Precincts facing Wellington Street have become the symbolic—and physical—heart of the country. This forum examines the history of the area, […]

Alex MacLean | Oil: the Sands to Suburbs Connection

Presented Dec 2014

December 3, 2014 Presenter:  Alex MacLean Alex MacLean is an award winning photographer, pilot, Harvard-trained architect, and author and co-author of 11 books. Through his stunning aerial photography, Mr. MacLean revealed rarely seen views of what an oil junkie society looks like from the sky.  From our growing tar sands in Alberta to the Texas […]

Toronto Tall, A storey on Vertical Urbanism

Presented Nov 2014

November 6th, 2014 Presenter:  James Parakh Toronto has witnessed a decade long condo boom. The new condos, typically in form of high-rise towers, have not only re-shaped the skyline of Canada’s largest city but also the life between them. This presentation outlined the steps the City of Toronto has taken to manage this growth and […]

Ottawa Premiere of The Human Scale at the Mayfair

Presented Nov 2013

November 14, 2013 Presented with the Royal Danish Embassy in Canada 50 % of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80%. Life in a mega city is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness and severe health issues due to our way of life. But […]

The Healthy City: Shaping the Public Realm

Presented Oct 2013

October 23, 2013 Presented by:  Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard, Ph.D.(Arch.) Director, International Making Cities Livable Conferences  This lecture explored the question of the way we shape our built environment of streets and public spaces help to develop a robust “social immune system” that contributes to our mental andphysical health? Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard explored how adopting […]