Topic: Clement Demers shared lessons learned in taking a holistic approach to urban planning, one that considers political, economic, architectural, and other contexts. His presentation was followed by short pecha-kucha style presentations onpanel will address the issue of implementation, of moving from motherhood statements to what’s happening on the ground. Presentation topics included: politics of planning, land use planning and economic development, and change management. Presentation followed by a reception with M.A.D.E Edmonton.
Presenters: Clement Demers (architect, urban planner, and director general of Quartier International), Councillor Ben Henderson (City of Edmonton), Toby Schneider (Alberta Treasury Board and Enterprise), Rob Marchak (City of Edmonton)
Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs
Date: January 26, 2012
Topic: Can vacant big boxes, dead malls, dying commercial strips, out of date edge cities and aging office parks and garden apartment complexes be turned into more sustainable places? Ellen Dunham-Jones, award-winning architect and professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will present urban design strategies and policies for re-inhabiting, redeveloping, and regreening underperforming suburban-style properties based on the over eighty successful built examples documented in her and June Williamson’s 2009 book, Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs. The book received a PROSE award from the American Association of Publishers and has been featured in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, a TED talk, and a Time magazine cover story on “Ten Ideas Changing the World Right Now.”
Presenters: Ellen Dunham-Jones (author and board member, Congress for the New Urbanism)
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Walk and Cycle the City
Topic: Oregon planner Michael Ronkin will showcase factors critical to creating successful pedestrian and cycling networks using examples and case studies.
Presenters: Michael Ronkin (principal, Designing Streets for People)
Human Transit: Transit Network Design
Date: April 16, 2012
Topic: Jarrett Walker, author of Human Transit, outlines successful transit strategies and suggests how citizens and policymakers can influence the design of transportation options in their city.
Presenters: Jarrett Walker (principal consultant, MRCagney)
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