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Art of City Building

 
 

Art of City Building (AoCB) is a new conference designed to inspire conversations around people, design and placemaking.

This is the first visioning event in a planned series of public conversations that will bring together local, national, and international thought leaders who will share their experiences, connect to Halifax, and aim to challenge thinking.

What is the Halifax we want to be?

This is a central question at a critical time in our city’s history. This is a time of dramatic change, new development, new investment, activity, and growth. This is happening alongside a fear of changing identity and the practical and significant challenges of a city under construction.

The conference will explore our ability to achieve broad community development objectives around topics such as designing accessible, safe streets; promotion of art and culture; preserving history and driving innovation; creation of public spaces and bike lanes; the important role of real estate development, density and private investment in city building efforts, as well as the subtle details that touch the individual lives, health and happiness of our citizens. 

By engaging diverse audiences in respectful, aspirational conversations, the conference will aim to expand the conversation and contribute to the development of a shared vision for Halifax that is inclusive, that honours the past, that inspires new ideas and embraces our future Halifax. 

Follow and participate on social media using #AoCB2017

 

Presenters:

Jennifer Keesmaat, Urban Planner (Toronto)

Jennifer Keesmaat, Urban Planner
(Toronto)

Charles Gauthier, CEO of Downtown BIA (Vancouver)

Charles Gauthier, CEO of Downtown BIA
(Vancouver)

Åsa Kachan, CEO of Public Libraries (Halifax)

Åsa Kachan, CEO of Public Libraries
(Halifax)

Hans Ibelings, Architectural Critic (Amsterdam & Toronto)

Hans Ibelings, Architectural Critic
(Amsterdam & Toronto)

David Wex, Developer (Toronto)

David Wex, Developer
(Toronto)

Jonathan Westeinde, Developer (Ottawa)

Jonathan Westeinde, Developer
(Ottawa)

Danny Bridson, Urban Planner (Stockholm)

Danny Bridson, Urban Planner
(Stockholm)

Michael Hess, Engineer (Denver)

Michael Hess, Engineer
(Denver)

Vincent Van den Brink, Architect (Halifax)

Vincent Van den Brink, Architect
(Halifax)

Maki Kawaguchi, Urban Designer (New York)

Maki Kawaguchi, Urban Designer
(New York)

Tyke Tykesson, Architect (Malmö)

Tyke Tykesson, Architect
(Malmö)

Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament, Urban Planner (Halifax)

Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament, Urban Planner
(Halifax)

AGENDA:
 

Art of City Building is a free event, registration is required.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017

7:00 PM
Pre-Conference  ~ Welcome Reception
Venue: To Be Determined

 
MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Conference ~ Inspiring Conversations
Paul O'Reagan Hall,
Halifax Central Library

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Closing Reception & Presentations
Venue: Garrison Brewery

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