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Friends in the North: Martin Arfalk & Manon Otto

Presented Feb 2020

September 25, 2019 Martin Arfalk and Manon Otto of Mandaworks, a Stockholm-based design studio, took us on an unpredictable journey to explore the Swedish and Canadian city-building processes.  Focusing on the comparison of Stockholm with Ottawa, they exposed similarities, differences, weirdnesses and unexpected consequences in the urban landscape on both sides of the Atlantic.  How […]

Perfect City with Joe Berridge

Presented Aug 2019

May 2019 Joe Berridge, partner at Urban Strategic Inc, explored and led a discussion on how the contemporary city works. By looking at some of the world’s largest and most interesting cities, the lecture will raise big questions of city financing, governance and the ambition for large-scale renewal, but also the search for the perfect […]

Turbotrains, Jettrains and Beyond: High Speed Rail in Canada

Presented Jan 2019

January 2019Champlain Room, Ottawa City Hall, Heritage Building, Second Floor,  110 Laurier Ave. West Speaker: Paul Langan Founder, High Speed Rail Canada Mr. Langan started his advocacy career in Canadian passenger rail in 1991 when, trying to buy a CANRAIL pass at the railway station in Windsor Ontario, he was told by VIA Rail that […]

Designed Leadership

Presented Dec 2018

December 6, 2018 Speaker:  Moura Quayle Professor, Sauder School of Business Director, pro team, UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs “Great leaders aspire to manage “by design”— with a sense of purpose and foresight. Lessons learned from the world of design, when applied to management, can turn leaders into collaborative, creative, deliberate, and […]

An Adult Conversation about Automated Vehicles

Presented Sep 2018

September 2018 Speaker:  Ben Grush Bern Grush, Co-author of “The End of Driving: Transportation Systems and Public Policy Planning for Autonomous Vehicles (Elsevier)” explored some of the issues that cities, their planners, residents, and businesses will need to address over the coming decade or two. He challenged the audience with a lot of questions and […]

The Rise of On-line Shopping and the Future of Brick and Mortar Retailing

Presented May 2018

January 2018 On-line shopping:  it’s easy, convenient, and there are great deals to be had!  But do we really understand the potential impacts of this emerging reality? What are the challenges and opportunities faced by the brick and mortar retail industry? What will be the implications for the social fabric and the built environment of […]

I Love Ottawa

Presented Dec 2017

April 2017 Powered by Pechakucha To celebrate Urban Forum’s 20th anniversary, Urban Forum partnered with loveOttawa to host a night celebrating what people love about Ottawa and why. Ten speakers from various walks of life, discussed why they are so passionate about Ottawa in a short visual presentation in 20 images of the places, things […]

Claude Cormier

Presented Dec 2017

September 2017 A special presentation in collaboration with the NCC’s Capital Urbanism Lab Speaker Principal of Claude Cormier and associates, Montreal, Quebec Cormier’s internationally recognized practice extends far beyond conventional landscape design to forge bridges between urban design, public art, and architecture. His landscapes celebrate the artificial and surreptitiously alter reality. His work is distinguished […]