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Shift 2013 Density Conference: March 6-9, 2013

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Shift Density 2013 Conference



Host: Dalhousie School of Planning
Date: March 6-9, 2013
Location: PechaKucha night: Wed. Mar. 6 @Seahorse // Keynote Gil Penalosa (Carmichael lecture): Thurs. Mar. 7 @Pier 21 // Talks, panel discussions, and charettes: Fri. Mar. 8 – Sat. Mar. 9 @School of Architecture + Planning
Conference registration: Free! (Wednesday evening’s PechKucha at Seahorse Tavern is $8)

Dalhousie’s School of Planning presents SHIFT 2013, a free, annual, student-run conference. This year’s conference will explore the possibilities and limitations of a denser city. Is density a necessity? What are the implications of living, working and playing closer together in bigger and taller buildings? All are welcome and invited to join.

Speakers include:

Gil Penalosa, the Executive Director of 8-80 Cities – a Canadian-based NGO: The 8-80 philosophy is to create livable cities for all ages – 8 through 80 years old. Gil also works as a Senior Consultant for Gehl Architects, serves on the Board of Directors of City Parks Alliance, USA, and as a Senior Advisor to America Walks and ParticipACTION Canada.

Larry Beasley, the former Co-Director of Vancouver’s planning department: He continues to be in demand around the world, working in cities as diverse as Abu Dhabi, Rotterdam, Ottawa, Dallas and Shanghai. He is a professor at the School of Community and Regional Planning (UBC) and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners. Mr. Beasley was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2004.

Rollin Stanley, General Manager of Calgary’s Planning, Development and Assessment Dept: He offers decades of experience in planning departments throughout North America, including St. Louis, Montgomery County, Toronto, and Calgary. He has been described by The Washington Post as an “energetic visionary with an abrasive style.”

Spacing’s own, Matthew Blackett: Matt was awarded the Jane Jacobs Prize in 2010, and named Editor of the Year for 2007 by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors.

And others!


About Dalhousie School of Planning Conference:

For over 20 years, the School of Planning’s conference has addressed pressing issues concerning where we live. The conference is organized entirely by a group of students who believe that the exchange of new ideas can bring positive change to a place. The purpose of the conference is to bring together the School of Planning, the community, and the profession to discuss, debate, and advance awareness and understanding of current topics in planning, community design, and innovations in community development. An effort is made to link these themes with related activities occurring elsewhere in Halifax Regional Municipality and the Province.

More Information: Please visit the Conference website; like the Dalhousie School of Planning Conference Facebook page; follow @planningcon; or contact Niki Siabanis at or Delaine Tiniakos at

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