An inclusive capital brings people together to enjoy shared experiences regardless of age, physical ability, language, culture and more. Join us for this conference event where panelists discuss creating integral and meaningful moments with Two-Spirit Elders across Canada as an integral part of the vision and design of Canada’s 2SLGBTQI+ National Monument. This lab will also explore sensory-responsive design, highlighting its importance in the inclusive design of public outdoor spaces for neurodiverse user groups.

This Urbanism Lab conference is presented in partnership with the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Our featured speakers:

Liz Wreford

Principal Landscape Architect and Director, Public City

Presentation: Thunderhead: Canada’s 2SLGBTQI+ National Monument

Liz Wreford will discuss the vision of Canada’s 2SLGBTQI+ National Monument in Ottawa, the competition and design phase, collaboration between artists and Elders, and the construction process.

Critical to the approach to the 2SLGBTQI+ National Monument was a deep understanding of the Indigenous worldview, particularly that of Two-Spirit individuals, and its relevance to Canada’s public memorials. Liz will discuss the design team’s experience and share their current work with Two-Spirit Elders across Canada to create integral, meaningful moments in the monument. 

Kathryn A. Finnigan

Designer and Qualitative Researcher
Therapeutic and Restorative Landscape Designer

Presentation: Sensory Responsive Design: Qualitative Study Insights for Crafting Neuro-Inclusive Environments

Kathryn will present emerging insights from a qualitative study on perceived relationships between outdoor built environments and sensory sensitivities in several neurodiverse user groups. It aims to deepen attendees’ understanding of neurodiversity and sensory sensitivities, highlighting their importance in the inclusive design of public outdoor spaces. Additionally, the untapped potential of sensory responsive design will be highlighted.

Garry Meus

Senior Landscape Architect
National Capital Commission

Presentation: Kìwekì Point Interpretation Plan

Interpretation at Kìwekì Point is implemented where interpretative content and elements are integrated into the overall landscape design and natural features of the site. Stakeholder and community engagement, particularly the collaboration of two First Nations in the National Capital Region, has been a fundamental component of building the Interpretation Plan. It is guided by the “Big River Landscape” design by breaking down artificial divisions between the “natural” and the “human,” encouraging visitors to see the surrounding landscape from different perspectives. The overall ambition of the Interpretation Plan is to promote discovery and connect people with the Ottawa River valley in a 21st-century urban setting.

Register today for in-person attendance as places are limited.


Monday, June 10, 2024, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (EDT)


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

If you cannot attend in person, or if the event is fully booked, you can still watch the webcast live on YouTube.

However, you must register if you wish to receive the YouTube link and watch the event virtually during the scheduled time.

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