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2011-2012 Season

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: a Historic Tour of Planning in the Nation’s Capital

Presented Mar 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Dr. David Gordon, Director and Professor, SURP, Queen’s University A subway under downtown in 1915? A major freeway under Laurier Avenue? A hexagonal city grid? A hockey arena beyond the suburban fringe? Renowned capital planning historian and former Ottawa resident David Gordon provided us with an illustrated tour through the past […]

It Pays to be Urban: How New Urbanism saves cities—money

Presented Feb 2012

Thursday February 9, 2012 Peter Katz, Planning Director, Arlington County, Virginia; author; consultant Peter Katz is a key founder of New Urbanism, a movement that takes the good aspects from the old cities we love – walkability, density, mix of uses, and even the front porch – and melds them into today’s cities. During the […]

Walking Home: The life and Lessons of a City Builder

Presented Nov 2011

Wednesday November 3, 2011 Ken Greenberg, Architect, teacher, writer & urban design consultant One of the world’s foremost urban designers will share his passion and methods for rejuvenating neglected cities and downtown cores. For over thirty years Ken has designed the means to make that happen. Walking Home is a story in turning the world’s […]

Transforming New York’s Streets

Presented Nov 2011

Thursday November 3, 2011 Andrew Wiley-Schwartz, New York City, Department of Transportation The streets of New York have been changed by simple but grand moves that have turned parts of Time Square and other streets spaces into popular public places and safe complete streets. Andy explained how changes in the New York City administration, community […]

Towards Sustainable Mobility: The role of walking, cycling, transit and…cars

Presented Nov 2011

Wednesday November 2, 2011 Gil Penalosa, Executive Director of 8-80 Cities Internationally renowned liveable city advisor, Gil Penalosa, delivers inspirational and interactive presentations on creating 8-80 cities – cities that are safe and accessible for all citizens from 8 to 80 years of age. This presentation will provide examples of best practices in achieving more sustainable […]