RPSS 2012-2013

Cities Building: A New Convergence

Date: October 23, 2012

Topic: Architect, urban designer, and author of Walking Home: The Life and Lessons of a City Planner, presenter Ken Greenberg is an advocate for the renewal of downtown cores and has for thirty years, designed the very means by which that renewal can happen. In his presentation, Ken highlighted successfully implemented regional strategies in the greater Toronto area and other parts of the world, as he shares his story and lessons in turning the world's urban spaces back into places that can give us not only a platform to face the economical, environmental and social challenges of the future, but also a place we can call, with pride and satisfaction, home.

Presenter: Ken Greenberg (principal, Greenberg Consultants)

Regional Resilience, Cross-Sectoral Knowledge Platforms and the Prospects for Growth in Canadian City Regions

Date: November 28, 2012

Topic: Regional and city-regional development is affected by a series of economic, social and cultural factors. The presence, or absence, of key institutional endowments of the local innovation system affects both their innovative capacity and their ability to respond to external shocks, in other words, their resilience. David Wolfe drew upon research results of a national study on innovation, creativity, and governance in sixteen city-regions across Canada and looks at those where cross-sectoral knowledge platforms are being exploited to create new growth opportunities.

Central to this is a focus on innovation as the centre piece of a 'placed based' approach to development policy. Resilient regions are those best able to take advantage of these emerging knowledge platforms by undertaking regional exercises to identify and cultivate their assets, institute collaborative processes to plan and implement change, and encourage a regional mindset that fosters growth.

Presenter: David Wolfe (director, Program on Globalization and Regional Innovation Systems (PROGRIS)

View the presentation on YouTube:
Part 1 >> | Part 2 >> | Part 3 >> | Part 4 >> (questions).

Place-Making and the Politics of Planning

Date: January 22, 2013

Topic: Planning is inherently a political practice. There are many good ideas - how we materialize these ideas in the urban landscape demands creative thinking about how to maneuver through - and engage - diverse, and sometimes competing, interests. Based on her experience working with municipalities across Canada, Jennifer Keesmaat (chief planner, City of Toronto), introduced a series of tools that can be used to make ideas lived realities and, case studies to share best practices in advancing urbanism as an important idea and way of life.

Presenter: Jennifer Keesmaat (chief planner, City of Toronto)

View the presentation on SlideShare >>

Panel Discussion: The Future of Urban Agriculture in the Alberta Capital Region

Date: February 12, 2013

Topic: The nature of the food we eat, where it comes from and who it comes are important questions that the Edmonton region and surrounding communities have been seeking answers to over the past few years. There has been significant debate amongst Albertans to this end in the form of conferences, discussions and various panels which have culminated in strategies such as the City of Edmonton's Food and Urban Agriculture Strategy. This event, held on February 12 2013, was forward thinking in nature. Our panelists looked at the future of urban agriculture in the Alberta Capital Region: What does it look like ? What are the implications on land - use planning? On the economy? On policy making?

Presenters: Jennifer Cockrall-King (writer, www.foodgirl.com), Candace Vanin (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada), Dustin Bajer (teacher at Jasper Pace High School, master gardener, and permaculture designer)

View the presentation on SlideShare:
Part 1 >> (Jennifer) | Part 2 >> (Candace) | Part 3 >> (Dustin).

Thank you to sponsors and friends of the 2012-2013 RPSS speaker series:

  • City of Edmonton, Sustainable Development
  • Government of Alberta, Municipal Affairs
  • Brownlee LLP
  • Art Gallery of Alberta
  • University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension
  • University of Alberta Planning School
  • Alberta Professional Planning Institute
  • M.A.D.E. in Edmonton
  • Urban Development Institute