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Walking Around the World: Innovation and inspiration for better pedestrian environments

Presented Jun 2011

Dr Rodney Tolley, Conference Director, Walk21; Honorary Research Fellow, Staffordshire University (UK) Active living is a way of life that integrates physical activity into daily routines. Evidence shows that compact, mixed use, walkable and cycle-friendly environments can encourage active living that has associated health, economic, environmental and social benefits. In spite of this, car-oriented communities […]

Vancouverism in Ottawa?

Presented May 2011

For the fifth year in a row, the City of Vancouver was selected as the most livable city in the world out of 140 cities surveyed by the Economist Intelligence Unit, a market research department of The Economist magazine. This accolade is not isolated to the City alone as one reviews Vancouver’s (city and region) […]

Alex Maclean: In Search of a Successful Urbanism

Presented Feb 2011

Alex MacLean is an award winning photographer, pilot, Harvard-trained architect, the author of 5 books and co-author of 4 others. Through his stunning aerial photography, Mr. MacLean provided a one-of-a-kind vantage point on land-use, settlement and urbanism across North America, and discuss how certain factors such as “proximity” are becoming more important than ever for […]

NIMBYism and Affordable Housing

Presented Dec 2010

with Marni Cappe, President of CIP, Housing and Policy Analyst Sean Gadon, Affordable Housing Office, City of Toronto Jo-Anne Poirier, CEO, Ottawa Community Housing NIMBY noun \nim-b?\ (acronym: not-in-my-backyard ) opposition to the locating of something considered undesirable in one’s neighbourhood Affordable housing is often viewed as being unwanted in communities, in many cases due […]

Trees and Suburban Houses: Roots and foundations – the underground conflict

Presented Sep 2010

with James Urban, FASLA As we struggle to preserve Ottawa’s urban forest a new challenge has arisen to the planting of trees in developing areas of the city. Has marine clay soil left behind by Lake Champlain created a conflict between the stability of house foundations and the trees that grace our streets? James Urban […]

The Art of Place Making: Creating Vibrant Neighbourhoods, Shopping Streets and Public Places

Presented Apr 2010

David Engwicht, an internationally acclaimed author of Reclaiming our Cities and Towns, Street Reclaiming and Mental Speed Bumps is a consultant and lecturer in community empowerment, creativity and planning. This two-part lecture and workshop series unpacked the multiple dimensions of place making from urban design to urban psychology, from traffic issues to social and cultural […]

Making Growth Sustainable: Linking Sustainability Assessment and Growth Management

Presented Jan 2010

Robert Gibson focused on how sustainability considerations are integrated in land use decision making and environmental assessments at the project and strategic levels. Robert took us on a tour of ideas and practices from the Mackenzie Valley to Ottawa, with stops in Victoria and Waterloo along the way. Robert B. Gibson is a professor in […]

Designing Dubai: Lessons in Urban Revolution

Presented Nov 2009

Not unlike the classic story of the tortoise and the hare, some cities move forward through slow, steady growth while others experience rapid, chaotic change. As communities increasingly compete against each other on the global stage, what can we learn from those in the grip of urban revolution? Are there lessons that can infuse a […]