A late announcement about two events taking place tomorrow, October 6. I’ll be carrying the public space torch to a pair of interesting conversations dealing with the practice of urban design, planning and cultural placemaking.
First up, I’ll be at UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) to give a lunchtime presentation on Planning the Good City – the Role of Public Space in Creating Cities that are Liveable (and Fun). I’ll be using the opportunity to look at the role that public space plays (when its well designed and programmed) as the ‘glue’ that binds together the modern, liveable cities. I’ll be looking at some broad questions around urban public life and the idea of planning and designing for conviviality, as well as spending some time looking at the specifics of the Vancouver scene. The talk takes place at West Mall Annex (1933 West Mall in room 150).
Later on, I’ll be shifting gears and pedalling over to the Museum of Vancouver, visiting one great cultural facility to talk about another. The occasion is the last of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s workshops on the proposed gallery relocation. Although billed as an “information session” the event will follow a panel format, and I’m looking forward to a discussion that can engage critically (as best possible give the short amount of time) with some of the issues around the move. VPSN friend Lance Berelowitz (who helped with some of our Where’s the Square work) will be hosting the event, and I’ll be joined on the panel by Michael Audain and Kathleen Bartels (of the VAG) and Landon Mackenzie (Emily Carr). The Museum can be found in Vanier Park, 1100 Chestnut Street).
Both events are free and open to the public.