fall 2013 urbanism events in Ottawa

November 14

The Royal Danish Embassy and Urban Forum present for one night only the Ottawa premiere of The Human Scale at the Mayfair Theatre.  Show starts at 7pm.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  It’s free and first-come first-served (as are most Urban Forum events).

It’s a full rental of the theatre, so the concession stand will be open if you want to buy popcorn etc.

Jan Gehl made his first studies in Italy and later he inspired the planning of Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, for 40 years. His ideas inspired the creation of walking streets, the building and improvements of bike paths and the reorganization of parks, squares and other public spaces throughout this city and in many other cities in the Nordic region. Around the world cities like Melbourne, Dhaka, New York, Chongqing and Christchurch are now also being inspired by Gehl’s work and by the developments in Copenhagen.

Jan Gehl spoke in Ottawa in October 2010.  (The NCC briefly had both the video and the presentation slides on their site, but now they have neither.)

Posters & Links:

Subscribe to the Danish Embassy newsletter by emailing ottamb@um.dk
Follow the Embassy on Twitter: @DenmarkInCanada
The Human Scale info on the Embassy site.  Also see Danish Bicycle Culture.

Subscribe to Urban Forum announcements by filling in your email in the “Register for Event Updates” section of their website.
Follow Urban Forum on Twitter: @ufottawa
The Human Scale info on the Urban Forum site.

Danish Embassy - The Human Scale


Thanks are due to the Canadian distributor Mongrel Media for helping to make this event happen.

UPDATE 2013-10-27: Hotdocs and other reviews

2013 Hotdocs selection & media coverage – The Human Scale
Cinemablographer – Hot Docs Review: ‘The Human Scale’ – April 27, 2013

The Montreal GazetteReview: The Human Scale.  Documentary takes concrete look at the urban experience. – September 20, 2013

New York TimesMaking Cities Work for People.  ‘The Human Scale,’ an Urban Documentary. – October 17, 2013

UPDATE 2013-11-05: More reviews

Calgary HeraldBuilt for humans: Documentary looks at a shift in city design – November 4, 2013

VarietyFilm Review: ‘The Human Scale’ – October 16, 2013


All events below are in the past.

November 4

Cycling in Cities: What route types are best for motivating cycling?
City Hall, 2nd floor Colonel By Room

from Ottawa Bike Lanes Project, hosted by Councillor Chernushenko

Kay Teschke is Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia where she has been on faculty for 30 years. She initiated the Cycling in Cities program of research in 2004. It investigates factors that encourage or discourage bicycling and transportation infrastructure associated with increased or decreased risks of cycling injuries.

You can register directly at http://oblp.eventbrite.ca/

October 23

The Healthy City: Shaping the Public Realm
City Hall, Champlain Room

Can the way we shape our built environment of streets and public spaces help to develop a robust “social immune system” that contributes to our mental and physical health?

Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard will explain how adopting healthy planning and urban design strategies for the public realm can vastly improve the physical health and well-being of the whole population.

October 15

Liveable Ottawa
Information Session Fall 2013
Drop-in: 4 to 8 p.m.
City Hall

What will Ottawa’s transportation network look like in the years to come? How will we move around the city on the bus, in our cars, on our bikes or on foot? How does the way we move around our neighbourhoods fit in with the way the city will physically grow and develop as guided by our city’s updated Official Plan?

What can we afford to build and maintain?

Hashtag is #liveableottawa

Gladstone [Station] Community Design Plan
Open House #1
Drop-in: 7 to 9 p.m.
Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview Road

The Gladstone Station District today is a unique area within the heart of Ottawa brimming with both history and future potential. The City of Ottawa is undertaking the Gladstone Station District Community Design Plan (CDP) to work collaboratively with the community to explore, develop and recommend a vision and design concept to guide private development and public works projects in the area over the next 20 years.

Residents and landowners are invited to attend the this first Open House to review the display boards and speak with City planners to learn about this CDP study, its purpose, the study area, the process, timelines and background analysis completed to date.

(In case you’re wondering why it’s Gladstone Station, it’s because there is a new O-train station proposed at Gladstone in the new Transportation Master Plan.)

Hashtag is #GladCDP

October 2, 2013 Cycling, Walking & Transit in Ottawa – updated plans