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Past Lectures

2007-2008 Season

Contemporary Design in Historic Cities: New Challenges to the Conventional Wisdom

Presented Apr 2008

Architects, designers and planners have been exploring how to best ensure the sensitive insertion of contemporary structures in historic urban settings for several decades now. Proposals for new buildings in World Heritage cities around the world have challenged conventional definitions of “appropriate” and left heritage advocates scrambling to find tangible ways to measure visual impacts […]

Civic Architecture and Public Places

Presented Feb 2008

Ottawa is unique as a city in that it is pulled in different directions by its national functions and its civic duties. How does the architecture of other cities accommodate these diverse functions and duties? Architect Donald Schmitt in a discussion about the relationship of architecture to the civic realm and urban function. Donald Schmitt […]

The Road to Community: A New Approach to Road Layout and Design

Presented Nov 2007

with Brian Bochner, PE, PTOE, Senior Research Engineer Texas A&M University In recent years, engineers and urban designers have been working together to bridge the traditional gap between transportation planning and place-making. A new and progressive document seeks the best fit between the urban thoroughfare and the character of the surrounding neighbourhood. Will this document […]

Manufacturing Perception: NFB’s “Planning Canada’s National Capital”(1949)

Presented Oct 2007

In recent years, engineers and urban designers have been working together to bridge the traditional gap between transportation planning and place-making. A new and progressive document seeks the best fit between the urban thoroughfare and the character of the surrounding neighbourhood. Will this document become the new common ground between large-scale mobility and local community-making? […]