Capital cities around the world are intended to serve as the central administrative, political, and often cultural heart of a nation, symbolizing their identity and governance. Ceremonial boulevards reflect the national image through their design, national institutions and monuments.

Join us for this event, where panelists from Washington, D.C., Paris, France and Ottawa discuss the planning and design of our national symbolic sites.

Our featured speakers:

Étienne Riot

Director of applied research and innovation - Development, Management team, Research
PCA-STREAM, Paris, France

Presentation: History and Perspectives on the Champs-Élysées

Étienne will speak about the history of the Champs-Élysées, new and contemporary placemaking initiatives, and future perspectives for this grand avenue.

Karin Schierhold

Urban Planner
National Capital Planning Commission, Washington, D.C.

Presentation: The revitalization of Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.

Karin will present the current initiatives to revitalize Pennsylvania Avenue and how the vision for this important streetscape fits within the capital realm.

Andrew Sacret

Chief of Planning and Design, National Capital Commission

Presentation: Planning and designing Confederation Boulevard, Canada’s Capital ceremonial route

Andrew will talk about the initiatives to establish the current design and implementation of projects for Confederation Boulevard, as well as the vision for the future of the ceremonial boulevard.


Thursday, April 11, 2024, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (EDT)


Urbanism Lab
40 Elgin Street, 2nd floor, Ottawa, Ontario

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