SAW City Debates
- March 29 – The State of the Alternative Press and Cultural Criticism – 7pm
- January 25 – SAW City Debates presents Urbanized (Ottawa Premiere)
Spacing Ottawa Next City Cafe
- April 18 – Art in the Streets: sculptures, murals and gardens
- March 21 – Next City Cafe: Collaborative space & the creative conspiracy
February 15 – Healing Toxic Cities: who is doing what to make Ottawa a healthier place to live(cancelled)
see Spacing Ottawa blog: Next City Café 2012: Toxic Cities, Creative Collaboration, Art in the Streets
- March 21 – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: A historical tour of planning in the National Capital – NOTE: Location CHANGED to Knox Church, Elgin & Lisgar.
- February 9 – It Pays to be Urban: How New Urbanism saves cities—money
- February 22 – Horizon 2067: Public Workshop — From Conversation to Vision (Ottawa) – 6pm to 9pm – Canadian Museum of Nature – RSVP by Friday, February 17, 2012
- February 21 – Horizon 2067: Public Workshop — From Conversation to Vision (Gatineau) – RSVP by Friday, February 17, 2012
SkyscraperPage Ottawa Urbanism Group
Meeting on Tuesday February 28 at 7:30, location TBA, but there will be beer.
All are welcome. Please RSVP if you hope to attend, or otherwise wish to be kept in the loop. This can now be done by email to: OttawaUrbanism@gmail.com OR UrbanismeOttawa@gmail.com. We will send a reminder & further details regarding the next meeting / discussion by email.
There is supposed to be a city planning summit, but I don’t have any details about it. Mayor Watson says
the renewal of Ottawa’s Official Plan will begin with the upcoming Planning Summit
The city of Ottawa offers various Planning Primer courses throughout the year. Anyone can attend.
Urban Design Review
Ottawa does have an Urban Design Review Panel, but their work is a bit hard to use – it’s just a long list of recommendations by date. Their recommendations really need to be displayed on a map, with a lot more context, and ideally should be part of an ongoing conversation about urban design, not just static recommendation pages.
- SAW Gallery: Facebook group, website
- Spacing Ottawa: Twitter @spacingottawa, Facebook, website
- Urban Forum: Twitter @ufottawa, Facebook, blog
- NCC Horizon 2067 planning: Twitter @horizon2067, website
Hashtag: #cc2067 (Capital Conversations), #horizon2067
- Choosing Our Future: Twitter @cof_cnf, Facebook, website
(note: I don’t understand what Choosing Our Future does and how it fits with the other levels of planning)
- Skyscraper Page: Local Ottawa-Gatineau discussion forums are a very rich source of information about new buildings in Ottawa, and overall this is one of the few places I see an ongoing conversation about urban design in Ottawa. (There is an obvious self-selection bias towards tall buildings, but there are still very good discussions.)
I wish there was a dedicated @ottawaplanning account that provided a central place for updates, as the list of Ottawa planning activities is very long.
Ottawa does have a (rather well-hidden) set of email distribution lists that you can subscribe to. It’s called eSubscriptions and it includes things like Downtown Moves updates and general planning updates. (A gateway to Twitter and/or Facebook would help to open up the information on these mailing lists – I can’t imagine there are many people who know about them.)