HALIFAX — As the debate rages regarding new urban developments such as Skye Halifax and the new Halifax YMCA, questions have arisen over the relevancy of HRM by Design, Halifax’s own community-consulted planning document for the downtown region.
Dalhousie’s School of Planning is presenting a (timely) student-run conference, SHIFT 2012. A place to engage with urban planning practitioners, urban design enthusiasts and people just generally interested in shifting the cultural debate around peninsular Halifax.
With a number of featured events taking place, the conference’s keynote is also the 11th Annual Carmichael Lecture featuring Majora Carter, a MacArthur winning activist and an urban planning visionary who connects the dots between urban renewal and environmental justice.
“Great cities need public engagement,” said Paul MacKinnon, Executive Director of DHBC. “This year’s Dalhousie University conference and Carmichael Lecture is about harnessing the great ideas that our citizens have, and moving them from grassroots to the upper echelons of decision-making. With the upcoming economic opportunities and challenges, HRM’s Regional Plan and civic election in the fall, it is more important than ever for Haligonians to get engaged.”
So, let’s go get engaged, let’s go explore, let’s go debate…it’s time to take part in the Shift taking place in our communities.
Thursday, March 8:
6pm: Keynote Majora Carter, eco-entrepreneur (presented in partnership with DHBC Carmichael Lecture)
Friday, March 9:
9:00am: Ian Trites, Architect, Toronto Transit Commission
10:45am: Brant Wishart, Director of Planning, Service Nova Scotia & Municipal Relations
SCHOOL OF PLANNING, 5410 SPRING GARDEN ROAD
1:00pm: Rachel Derrah, ThinkHalifax workshop on participative engagement
2:30pm: Sean Martindale, Interdisciplinary Artist, Present Possibilities
3:15pm: Design workshop with Sean Martindale
7:00pm: Design Charette: How would you change your community?
Saturday, March 10:
10:30am: Dr. Jeffrey Hou, Landscape Architect, Do-It-Yourself Urbanism
11:30am: Frank Palermo, Moving Forward
12:00pm: Lunch (catered by Local Source)
1:00pm: Panel Discussion featuring Jennifer Watts (HRM Councillor), Kasia Tota (HRM Planner), Jeffrey Hou (Landscape Architect), Ian Trites (Architect), Lucas Dambergs
About The Carmichael Lecture:
The Carmichael Lecture was created to honour Downtown Halifax Business Commission’s former Executive Director, Kate Carmichael, and her passion for urban renewal. DHBC continues to honour her memory by inviting speakers to share ideas and stimulate change in Halifax. Invited lecturers speak on topics designed to inform and educate on key issues that create a thriving Downtown. Click here to see a video tribute to her.