Art of City Building (AoCB) is a conference designed to inspire conversations around people, design and placemaking.
This year’s Art of City Building (AoCB) conference is themed “Moving People”, which will focus on the many aspects of mobility, including safety and enjoyment of our streets, public and active transportation, moving goods and services, and more.
In October 2018, Art of City Building: Our Place brought together thought leaders from around the world to discuss the future of the city of Halifax. Discussions centered around exploring our ability to achieve broad community development objectives around topics such as placemaking, future technologies, driving innovation, designing accessible, safe streets; promotion of art and culture; preserving history; 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.
Last year’s conference went beyond just inspiring conversations but also led to concrete actions on many fronts. Jennifer Keesmaat (AoCB 2017) completed a successful third-party review of the Centre Plan. Maki Kawaguchi (AoCB 2017) and Julia Day (AoCB 2018) of Gehl worked with HRM staff and local stakeholders on an extensive review of the Cogswell Plan. Matthew Claudel (AoCB 2018), Danny Bridson (AoCB 2017) and Martin Arfalk (AoCB 2018) are actively working with the local stakeholders towards collaboration opportunities in Halifax. As well, the development community was inspired by the discussions around designing better buildings, streets and more complete communities. Most importantly, the conference brought together diverse voices from the spectrum of private sector developers, construction professionals, politicians, city and provincial civil servants, activists, and the general public.
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