Running between September 2018 and June 2019, season five promises to continue to create spaces where Canadians and leaders in urbanism, design, sustainability, heritage and conservation collectively inspire the future of Canada’s Capital Region.
Over the past four years, nearly 17,500 people have participated in one of the 50 Urbanism Lab events, either in person or via webcast. We expect that this season will attract thousands more. Here is a brief overview of our lineup.
Reuse and Renewal: Designing Futures for Historic Places
February 14, 2019
When it comes to the reuse of historic places, the success of a project depends on a deep understanding of the history of the property and its meaning for people. Our speakers will share transformative projects that honoured the stories of the past — like the Monastère des Augustines in Québec City, the Galt Post Office and waterfront in Cambridge, Ontario, and the Sant Antoni Market in Barcelona — while setting the stage for the next chapter.
Okay, Google: How do I engage my community online?
March 20, 2019
How can organizations build and engage communities online?
The key is to reach today’s audiences where they spend their time, by leveraging new and existing digital platforms.
Fantastic Trees and Where to Find Them
April 24, 2019
This panel discussion will engage audiences on the importance of the urban tree, by presenting the findings of a tree canopy assessment completed in the National Capital Region, as well as new perspectives from other regions.
Living, Breathing Walls
May 9, 2019
Green architecture and design have decreased the environmental impact of the built environment, but biophilic design takes it to the next level, recognizing the innate connection of humans to nature. By integrating nature into building design, we can see hospitals where patients heal faster, schools where children’s test scores are higher, and offices where workers are more productive.
National Indigenous Day
June 20 or 21, 2019
The erosion of shorelines is presenting as a global challenge. This is of particular concern for Canada, which has the largest coastline in the world — and especially for Indigenous nations. Important heritage and legacy traces are being literally washed away. What exactly are the challenges we are facing, and what strategies have proven successful? Join us in this important discussion as we celebrate National Indigenous Day.
Walk This Way: Designing a Pedestrian Paradise
September 25, 2018
Gardens and Healthy Cities
October 30, 2018
Beyond Green Buildings
November 20, 2018
Geographical Society in Ottawa. This panel discussion will seek to demonstrate how sound urban planning principles can contribute to building more resilient cities to help face the increasing pressures related to climate change.
The City and the Brain
December 13, 2018
Metropolitan Governance and Big Data
January 10, 2019