The Human Scale – free urbanism movie screening

WHAT: Free screening of The Human Scale, panel discussion, question & answer session
WHEN: January 29, 2015 at 6pm – 8:45pm
WHERE: The ByTowne Cinema, 325 Rideau Street

Disclaimer: I’m not an organiser for this event, unlike in 2013 – The Human Scale filled the Mayfair Theatre.

2014-2015 Carleton Architecture Forum Lecture Series

All lectures are at the National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive – 6pm – and are free.

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January 12, 2015 – Douglas Cardinal (see Wikipedia)

January 26, 2015 – Daniel Libeskind (see Wikipedia)

February 9, 2015 – Maurizio Varratta

March 16, 2015 – Giles Saucier

Dates and names from 2014-15 poster (JPEG).

Rediscover Ottawa and its surroundings – Dec 5, 2013

National Gallery of Canada


Ticket required: $ 8 (adults), $7 (seniors and students), $6 (members)

Thursday 5 December [2013] at 6 pm
In the Auditorium
Rediscover Ottawa and its surroundings with urban planning specialist and historian David Gordon.

Thursday 12 December [2013] at 6 pm
In the Lecture Hall
Kathleen M. Fenwick Annual Memorial Lecture
Guest speaker: Rosalind Pepall

– From (scrolling way down)

David [Gordon] has written widely on urban planning including the books Planning Twentieth Century Capital Cities (Routledge 2006) and Planning Canadian Communities (Nelson 2008 with Gerald Hodge). His latest research includes a book on the history of Canada’s capital city and exploration of Canadian suburbs.



energy efficiency in Germany – Nov 12, 2013

For more than a decade now, Germany has been engaged in the most ambitious sustainability shift of any major industrial nation – a move to renewable energy and hyper-efficiency now known in Germany as the Energiewende (“Energy Transition”). Germany’s pursuit of a low-carbon future is a case study for any community following the same path.

Bestselling author and renowned sustainability expert Chris Turner has been studying the Energiewende almost since it began

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Carleton University
Room 720A, Loeb Building

Click here to view the event poster [pdf, 468.71k]

Supported by the Embassy and Consulates General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canada.

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Ontario Land Use Planning – Nov 21, 2013

Land Use Planning and Appeal System (Workshops)

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013
Residence Commons Conference Room, Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

Workshop runs from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with registration and an open house beginning at 5 p.m. Download a copy of the agenda.

Please Register Here.

Download a copy of the discussion guide.

Yasir Naqvi (Ottawa MPP) writes

The Government of Ontario is currently reviewing the way cities and towns plan for development and how to help pay for it. We want to ensure that the land use plan and appeals systems, including the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), and the development charges system are predictable, transparent and cost-effective.

… Our community has a special interest in this matter, and this is a great opportunity for residents, community associations, and businesses to get involved in this process.

The Importance of Cities – Nov 21, 2013

Jack Diamond at the Rideau Club – Nov 21, 2013 – noon – $39 – jacket and tie

The migration to urban centres is a global phenomenon and
Canada is part of this trend. Over half of the nation’s population now lives in 11 cities. The consequences – and opportunities – are many. Join distinguished architect and urban planner Jack Diamond for ‘The Importance of Cities’ on November 21st at the Rideau Club.


as mentioned in the article The true costs of suburban sprawl in the November 4, 2013 Globe and Mail.

2013-2014 Carleton Architecture Forum Lecture Series

All lectures are at the National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive – 6pm – free

November 4Martha Schwartz from London, UK – “a landscape architect who focuses on activating and regenerating urban sites and city centres”
If you want to stay for the reception afterwards, please RSVP or 613-520-2600 x. 8321

November 18 – David Leatherbarrow from Philadelphia

February 17, 2014 – Dorte Mandrup from Copenhagen
March 10, 2014 – Greg Henriquez from Vancouver
March 31, 2014 – Antoine Picon from Boston

Info from the season poster (JPEG).

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