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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 […]

Chaos and the City

Presented Feb 2013

Wednesday, February 2013 Lecture Sponsor:  HOK Presenter:  Gordon Stratford, HOK More than ever, people fear that our world is fundamentally unwinding under the assault of uncontrollable dangers. This presentation explored cities that survive and thrive in apparent chaos, and looked for lessons that will help us change our communities from “fragile” to “robust”; prepared to accept […]

Streets for People

Presented Feb 2013

December 2012 Presenter: Gary Toth, Projects for Public Spaces The “Complete Streets” movement challenges the prevailing wisdom of the Automobile Age.  Car-oriented street design has been linked to environmental and health issues and the livability of our cities. “Complete Streets” focuses not only on redefining how we move pedestrians, bikes, transit, cars and trucks, but also on elevating our streets as […]

Paul Goldberger: Cities, Place and Cyberspace

Presented Nov 2012

 Presented with:  Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism Forum Lecture Series For more information on Mr. Goldberger, please visit his web site.

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 […]