Here’s an article showcasing some stranger ideas for urban design. One in particular would certainly attract a college demographic.
The University’s Place In Calgary
Tuesday April 2nd, 6 PM – Science Theaters 145
In conjunction with the NDP club at the university, we present a discussion with Calgary Alderman Brian Pincott and David Couroux – a planner and professor at the U of C.
What role should the U of C play in Calgary? Should the University be more separate or more integrated in the city? What could be done to better join the U of C with the greater Calgary area?
Join the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/552885111422271/
Design Matters with Leon van Schaik
Wednesday, April 3rd, 6-7:30 PM – University of Calgary Downtown Campus (906 8 Avenue S.W.)
Leon van Schaik is Professor of Architecture at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne, Australia, where he holds an Innovation Chair in practice-based research in design.
Leon promotes local and international architectural culture through practice-based research, focusing on creating and sustaining innovative communities of practice. In 2006 the General Division of the Order of Australia made him an Officer (AO) for his service to architecture as an academic, practitioner and educator, and to the community through involvement with a wide range of boards and organisations related to architecture, culture and the arts.
Join us for this year’s final Design Matters lecture as Leon explores Design Practice Research: how we release the ‘sealed cognitive research capital’ in established and successful creative practice.
Design Matters lecture qualify for AAA ongoing learning credits. Admission is free for students and $5 for non-students. For more information, click here
C4 proudly presents I’M TRYING TO BE A BETTER PERSON, an event celebrating the launch of the second installment of their zine publication, SEMAPHORE. The featured theme for this issue is entitled “THE CITY IS DEAD,” Featuring the musical talents of local favourite Ryan Von Hagen, and the darkroom photo artwork of YYCStreet’s Chris Tait and Pierre Quinn, Stefan Legisa and Cody Oliver. The event will showcase classic analog photography with an in-the-darkroom feel, offering a small glimpse of the work that goes into developing and printing from negatives.
I’M TRYING TO BE A BETTER PERSON takes place Fri., Mar 29 @ the Satellite Gallery (343 11 Ave SW). Doors at 8:30PM. $5 door, free for UAS and Urban CSA members.
C4-yyc.tumblr.com to stay up to date.
June 3rd, 7:00 PM – Location TBA
Devised and shared by Klein Dytham Architecture in 2003 as a place for designers, developers and architects to meet, network and show their work in public, PechaKucha Nights are now taking place in over 550 cities around the world. The format is simple: speakers present 20 slides each, for 20 seconds per slide.
More information on previous and upcoming nights can be found here: http://www.calgaryculture.com/pkn
April 15-17 – Black Knight Inn – Red Deer, Alberta
The Community Planning Association of Alberta is holding their annual conference in April. This is a great organization and opportunity for those Urban Studies students interested in a career in planning.
More information can be found here: http://www.cpaa.biz/
CPAA Student Memberships: The student rate is a great deal at $25 for the year. Being a member means you will receive CPAA updates, can attend educational and networking events like the yearly conference, and make connections with practising planners, elected officials and community leaders. This is a good place to get involved and to find out about employment.
If you are interested in becoming a member, attending the conference, or just want more general info – email email@example.com and we will forward along all the relevant information.
Tuesday, March 26th. 2:00 PM – Earth Science 342
Steve Mason of the Success Center will be leading a presentation on how to navigate your degree. Graduation necessities, hidden prerequisites, and more.
This will be very helpful for first and second year Urban Studies undergrads. There will also be information for those interested in applying to graduate school, as well as representatives from the Career Center and EVDS – so anyone who is in Urban Studies considering applying to EVDS or looking at their career options will have the opportunity to ask questions and find out more.
Tell your classmates!
March 27th, Science Theaters 140. 8:30 PM
Along with the U of C Film Society and Scene & Heard, we present a pre-screening of the new documentary feature from the director of Sharkwater.
Watch the trailer here: http://youtu.be/UxcophNGLdg
Join the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/138918116279821/
This is a free screening! Rob Stewart will be in attendance for a Q + A following the film.
The screening is taking place in the Science Theaters building, room 140 on the University of Calgary campus. See the campus map here:
Cycling Policy That Works
March 20th, Bianca Room – MacEwan Student Center. 7:00 PM
Urban CSA in conjunction with the Tour De Nuit presents a talk by Gary Beaton on cycling policy in Calgary, and where it’s taking us.
In 2010, the Tour De Nuit Society launched the modern era of cycling activism. There will be discussion on the current roadblocks as well as the benefits in seeking to make Calgary more bike-friendly. You’ll also find ways to get involved with the cycling community in Calgary and make changes.
This is a free event. There will be door prizes in the form of a 40$ gift certificate to the Outdoor Center, as well as a gift from Yukon Breweries (can you guess what it is?).
Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/477238532343953/
Also – Urban Studies undergrads: stay posted for an upcoming presentation on navigating your degree, as well as career and academic opportunities.
Hey guys here are some events through the EVDS that you may be interested in attending:
In honour of World Town Planning Day, EVDS will host Connect: Planning for Change. This first student conference addresses issues vital to smart growth and sustainable planning in the 21stcentury, drawing on local and international practices. It provides an opportunity to share new research and planning experiences, and to foster the connections with academic and professional audiences. The conference will showcase the research excellence of planning and environmental design students in a number of areas, including sustainable cities, tactical urbanism, heritage planning and urban design.
Come join keynote speaker Cameron Lang, Councillor at Alberta Professional Planners Institute, conference chair Dr. Sasha Tsenkova, Professor of Urban Planning at EVDS, as well as EVDS students and faculty members for this exciting discussion.
For a list of presentors and topics, click here.
|Date:||Thursday, November 8, 2012|
|Location:||Faculty of Environmental Design|
|Professional Faculties building, room 2160|
The Market Impacts of Planning Decisions
with Matthew Boukall from Altus Group
The discussion on changing how the city is planned, built, and developed has been ongoing with new policies being enforced to help guide Calgary to become a more walkable, dense community. These new planning policies will have an impact on the residential market in Calgary, potentially influencing how and where consumers live in our city. This presentation will present some of the market impacts of planning policies on residential and mixed-use development in Calgary. The discussion will focus on the challenges that are being faced by new residential development in both the inner-city and suburbs from a cost and affordability perspective, as well as highlight some of the future impacts that may influence development in the coming years.
Wednesday November 21, 2012
$25 for APPI members; non-members $30 and students $15.
Registration begins at 11:30am
Presentation from 12 noon to 1pm
Fort Calgary – 750 9 Avenue SE
Space is reserved upon receipt of registration. Registration must be made no later than November 19th. To register or if you have questions, please contact Kenneth Melanson to register by email at Ken.Melanson@calgary.ca or you can send by mail at the following address: The City of Calgary, PO Box 2100, Station M, Mailcode 8073, T2P 2M5.
The Calgary Events committee is proud to support APPI Continuous Professional Learning. This event is worth 1 structured learning unit.
If you didn’t get a chance to come out to our first mixer at The Area in Inglewood, we’re having a more low-key event this Friday.
Meetup – October 19th at the Last Defence Lounge
The Urban CSA exec will be at the Grad Lounge (3rd floor of Mac Hall) Friday from 5:15 to at least 7:30, so come join us, buy a yearly membership ($5), and it will pay for itself in drinks and food. The LDL tends to fill up, so come by early if you can! We will have a sign up so we should be easy to spot.
This is a good chance to meet other people in your major or with similar interests, and find out how you can get involved with the club!
- Kai Sinclair. President – Urban CSA
Thanks for coming out during clubs week or signing up/joining the mailing-list elsewhere! If you have any questions or comments about Urban CSA please email firstname.lastname@example.org!
This is a long one, but the main stuff is near the top!
URBAN CSA/C4 MIXER THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5th
facebook event page: http://tinyurl.com/9ykrfgd
The Urban Calgary Student’s Association would like to welcome you to the club this Friday with a big event - local art, bands, spoken word, photography, and the release of a new zine, at The Area in Inglewood.
A membership card for Urban CSA grants you free entry. Memberships won’t be sold at the door, tickets are 10$ for non-members. If you would like a membership to Urban CSA, you can contact us after October 8th or attend any of the future events – membership is 5$ a semester! This event won’t be just for members though, so feel free to invite friends and family – it’s all ages. It should be a diverse crowd from all over the arts community, and it will run from 6:30 to late.
Our club will be working alongside C4 (The Calgary Creative City Collaboration) this semester. C4 is a new local not-for-profit arts group that started earlier this summer. They organize all kinds of events based around good urbanism and engagement. You can find their website at http://c4-yyc.tumblr.com/, and the facebook group by googling Calgary Creative City Collaboration. If you’re interested in getting involved more in Urban CSA or C4, contact the Urban CSA email for more info.
EVENTS AND GETTING INVOLVED: FOR URBAN STUDIES MAJORS AND NON-MAJORS
This year we have lots planned, for majors and non-majors alike. If you have an idea for events we should be holding, interesting happenings around Calgary we should be aware about, or would like to contribute to the blog – please get in touch!
For those in an Urban Studies degree: there will be degree workshops and lectures given by alumni and those in the department, speaker series, information about upcoming events within the department, workshops on software such as InDesign, and more. If you are considering any aspect of design, planning, architecture etc. then help us, help you! Plus:
- Get to meet lots of other Urban Studies students
- Extracurricular experience like this looks really good on a resume
- Get your membership back in food and beer during one of our mixers
- Get to supplement your degree with experience outside of regular academic activities
For anyone who is interested, we also do many other things of a more social variety, and events that can help people get engaged in their city and intersted in urban issues. There will be a Pub Night sometime after the large mixer – for those who can’t make it or prefer a more low-key setting. Stay tuned for that.
As well, previous years’ events included a transit tour, a screeing of the film Urbanized at the Plaza, trips to Edmonton and Banff with the opportunity to meet and learn from city leaders (both attended by around 20 members), walking tours, and using our club to get involved with local Calgary projects and proposals. We plan more of the same. You don’t have to be a Urban Studies major or even a student to get involved with the club, and engaged with the city/urban issues.
If you are a member of another club or organization, and think that there is an opportunity for collaboration then let me know! Other clubs on campus for those in similar fields include the Palliser Club, International Relation Club, and the Development Studies Club.
MEXICO CITY BLOCK COURSE
Information about the 2013 course abroad
Rapid Urbanization in a Megacity: The Case of Mexico City
Block Course: January 1-7, 2013
This intensive one-week course in Mexico City addresses the urban challenges of one of the largest megacities in the western hemisphere. Seeing the city from street level enables students to experience and participate in urban issues including challenges of infrastructure, environment, waste management, housing, the informal economy, and inequality. This is the eleventh year that this course has been offered.
The estimated cost of this program is $2195, including tuition, airfare, accommodation, transportation and meals.
For more information, attend an INFORMATION SESSION in ES332: Friday Oct 12, 2 PM, or Thursday Oct 18, 12:30, or Wednesday, Oct. 24, 12:30. Email Dr. Denise Brown at email@example.com. Consult the website for more information or to apply for this course:
My name is Kai, President of the club this year. I’m joined by Brendan (VP Academic), Genevieve (VP Finance), Jackson (VP Communications), JR (VP Events), Thea (VP Events), and Mariam who will act as our UBST 253 rep. If you have a question or concern about a specific aspect of the club, I may direct you towards them. Say hi! You probably have some classes together.
I will be forwarding along many other events and opportunities from this email to the mailing list. If you would like to be removed from the mailing list, are no longer interested, or have received this in error - please email me directy at firstname.lastname@example.org, and don’t hit “Reply All” – everyone appreciates that! If you know anyone who would like to be added to the mailing list, let us know.
We are looking for contributors to the UrbanCSA blog. If you have an interest in writing about urban related current events, please let us know and we would love to make you a part of the team! Again, contact us at email@example.com for more info.
Not sure how you’d like to get involved with the club? Come out to a few events, meet the members, and be creative!
Lots of club activity is run through a new program called Club Hub at the U of C. Create an account and join our network and stay up to date with Urban CSA happenings! Link here: https://orgsync.com/52680/chapter
That’s all! Hope everyone is having a relatively stress-free semester.
- Kai Sinclair
President, Urban CSA
Hey people, here’s a blog post from the City of Calgary Blog!
“A community party will rock the shores of the Bow River Saturday as Calgarians converge to celebrate the opening of the Peace Bridge.
The afternoon will see entertainment by local poet Kirk Ramdath, performances by local bands Robot Workers,Locomotive Ghost,Nix Dicksons andSpencer Jo & the Mandrills, cultural dance groups, a Chinese lion dance byWhite Brow Hap Ging Do Martial Arts and Lion Dance Association and hip-hop crews The Original Rudes and Grim Reminder.Performances will take place on a stage on the south bank of the river, on the bridge itself and on the park area at the south end of the bridge.
The unique travelling DJ vehicle, The Bass Bus, will be on-site offering tours and music. Food trucks will be set up along the pathway system on the south side of the bridge and the Big Bike roving coffee cart will be circulating through the park. There will also be information booths on the south promenade to promote upcoming events planned for the area.
The celebration is being organized by the community with assistance from The City of Calgary.
Pedestrians and cyclists approaching the party from the north side of the river should note access to the Peace Bridge is restricted until approximately 2:15 p.m. due to a marathon occurring along the north pathway. People wishing to be on-hand for the initial opening activities at the south end at 2 p.m. are encouraged to use alternate routes.” – City of Calgary
We are renting out the Plaza Theatre in Kensington to show “Urbanized”! The film is by Gary Hustwit and it is a documentary that explores urban design and planning strategies that major decision makers are using to manage successful contemporary cities. This will be the second showing of the film at The Plaza, the first of which reportedly turning away nearly 100 people after the film sold out.
The film will be shown at 6:30pm on March 28, 2012 at the Plaza Theatre. UrbanCSA execs will be selling tickets for $10.00 which will also get you a free club membership for next year (normally $5.00). Tickets will be sold in Mac Hall at the University of Calgary between 11:00am and 3:00pm today and throughout the week. You can also pick up tickets at the door, on the 28th. Membership is not required to buy tickets.
We are also working on finalizing a brief panel discussion that will follow the film. Confirmed panellists include Dr. Byron Miller (Geography professor at the University of Calgary) and Jim Brown (CBC radio host and director of “Radiant City”), and we are working on getting a representative from the City of Calgary.
What: “Urbanized” followed by a panel discussion at The Plaza Theatre
When: March 28, 2012
Show Time: 6:30pm
Where: The Plaza Theatre
Ticket Price: $10 (includes a free membership to UrbanCSA for next year)
MEMBERSHIP NOT REQUIRED TO BUY TICKETS!
Hope to see you there! If you have any questions about the showing or UrbanCSA email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’re Invited to tomorrow’s Career Opportunities in Canada’s Environment Sector with Elizabeth Watterworth
When: Thursday, March 22, 2 – 3 PM
Where: Environmental Design (Professional Faculties) Building, Room 2165
Today, the Canadian environment sector is adiverse and growing field with new opportunities for business & employment emerging every day. This presentation will share current labour market research regarding the environmentally related jobs and skills that are most in demand. It will also focus on the resources available to emerging environmental professionals to explore, find and build a career in this dynamic sector.
The Environmental Careers Organization (ECO Canada) is a national not-for-profit organization that was established in 1992. Its mission is to build the world’s leading environmental workforce, and its mandate is to ensurean adequate supply of people with the demonstrated skills and knowledge required to meet the environmental human resource needs of the public and private sectors.
Elizabeth is a Senior Manager with ECO Canada. In this role she is focused on building the community of certified Environmental Professionals in Canada through events, publications, the mentorship program, and increasing the profile of the profession.
You’re Invited to Thursday’s Community Sustainability Planning: What Makes the Budget When Opportunities Abound? with Stephanie Gagnon
When: Thursday, March 15, 2 – 3 PM
Where: Environmental Design (Professional Faculties) Building, Room 2165
Free event! Treats and Fair Trade+Organic tea and hot chocolate will be served! Bring a mug!
Stephanie is an EVDS alumnus and a community planner with a focus on strategic sustainability planning and facilitation. Stephanie led the City of Fort Saskatchewan Community Sustainability Plan, which was recognized with an AUMA Municipal Sustainability Award – Founder Communities, and has been involved with a number of other sustainability planning efforts in Alberta and BC. She has worked for municipalities directly, and has spent the majority of her career as a consultant.
What: Calgary Arts Development’s Reid Henry will be discussing the organization’s involvement in transforming the King Edward School in South Calgary into an arts incubator. As well, there will be an opportunity for questions and comments afterwards.
When: 5:00pm Thursday, March 15
Where: Earth Sciences 342
“Responding to a call for proposals in 2010 to purchase the surplus King Edward School from the Calgary Board of Education, a unique partnership between The Calgary Foundation and Calgary Arts Development has been formed to advance a vision for the historic school as an innovative arts incubator.
Calgary Arts Development is the City of Calgary’s designated authority for the development of the arts in Calgary and is the municipal granting agency for the not-for-profit arts sector. Formed in March 2005 through the auspices of the 2004 Civic Arts Policy, Calgary Arts Development continues to play a leadership role in realizing the potential of arts and culture in Calgary”
“The vision of the project partnership for the King Edward School is an integrated, mixed-use ‘hub’ that provides a dynamic and collaborative gathering place focused on the incubation and advancement of professional arts practice, social innovation and community development in South Calgary.”
For further information about the project go to : http://transformkingedward.ca/
If you have any questions about the presentation or other UrbanCSA events contact us at email@example.com
The Students’ Union and UCalgary Alumni are bringing to the UofC.
When: March 30, 2012
Where: MacEwan Hall Ballroom, University of CalgaryThis TEDxUofC event on March 30, 2012 will motivate and inspire young entrepreneurial leaders to take the initiative to impact the global community. TEDxUofC will highlight entrepreneurship and broaden the traditional definition to include anyone who acts on an idea passionately. Through a series of influential and invigorating speakers, UofC students will realize their potential to create, build and execute on their dreams and ideas, and generate pride in their institution.The theme is ‘Building a Legacy.’ This theme celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit, explores the passion behind ideas, and incorporates personal accounts of what drives and inspires successful individuals.
Sustainability Seminar Series: The Socio-Spatial Politics of Transition to a More Sustainable City: the Case of Groningen, the Netherlands with Dr. Byron Miller
When: Thursday, March 8,
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (please note time)
Where: Environmental Design (Professional Faculties) Building, Room 2165
Free event! Hot snacks (pizza) + treats will be served!
Despite widespread agreement on the need for more sustainable cities and the proliferation of supporting state policies at a variety of scales, very few cities have undergone major transitions toward greater sustainability. Groningen, the Netherlands, is a rare exception to this generalisation. Groningen’s transition was born of a highly fraught political battle.
Dr. Byron Miller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography. He teaches courses on urbanization and urbanism, urban social geography, urban politics and governance, globalization, and field courses on urban sustainability in Europe. Miller will be at EVDS presenting on the socio-spatial politics of transition to a more sustainable city.
For more information: EVDS Calendar.
All-Inclusive Tourism Development: Contested Space in El Borrego, Las Islitas and Matanchén Beaches (Mexico)
Where: Environmental Design (Professional Faculties) Building, Room 2165
Cookies and fair-trade organic coffee will be served. Please bring a mug! Ximena Gonzalez De Aguinaga, Environmental Design Graduate Student, will be presenting on All-Inclusive Tourism Development: Contested Space in El Borrego, Las Islitas and Matanchén Beaches (Mexico).
Ximena will decode and re-define the conceptualization of development and its physical attractiveness, analysing the issues created by tourism growth in developed regions such as Cancun and Puerto Vallarta. She will then break down the existing features of El Borrego, Las Islitas and Matanchen Beaches – as currently undeveloped areas contested for future development. She will examine the potential fit with spatial planning approaches such as Smart Growth and New Urbanism, and illuminate how development may not always look the way we expect it to.