Strategies for Urban Revival and Renewal in Canadian Cities and Towns I
Many of our Canadian cities and towns currently find themselves in need of revival and renewal. Disinvestment in the public realm, decentralization – exacerbated during the COVID 19 Pandemic – vacancies and abandonment - including brownfields and grayfields – are some of the many challenges which they currently face.
Both dwindling tax bases, and depleted revenue streams, make more formal and top-down urban strategies less tenable. Prevailing Modernist paradigms such as urban renewal led by many Canadian cities and towns in the 50’s and 60’s by local and city governmental agencies, succeeded in fracturing both communities as well as ecologies. How might we begin to revive and renew our cities and towns within the context of these challenges? What is the agency of design as a strategic framework as an alternative to more formal urban strategies, lying within informal urbanisms operating at both the bottom-up and middle-down, or hybrid strategies situated between both the informal and formal?
Both the recent United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference - COP 26 – and increasing extreme climate change events, such as the mudslides in BC and increased flooding in our waterfront cities and towns, focus increased calls to action on these fronts.
Design strategies and interventions operating within the existing built urban fabric and which re-use existing building stock, through both preservation and adaptive re-use, contribute to the sustainable continuum of our cultural and social landscapes through built heritage.
Working within a framework of heritage preservation and re-use, and operating at the bottom-up and middle-down, what might more participatory forms of heritage revival and renewal in our cities and towns be? How might we also recover our ecological landscapes?
- Learning from Sudbury: Reading the Sudbury 2050 Urban Design Ideas Competition
- Presenter Shannon Bassett (Laurentian University) | Presenter Terrance Galvin
- 20 minutes | 9:00 AM - 9:20 AM Part of: Strategies for Urban Revival and Renewal in Canadian Cities and Towns I
- Civic Commons Catalyst: Supporting Transformative Revitalization of Underutilized Spatial Assets in Albertan Cities
- Presenter Alberto de Salvatierra (University of Calgary)
- 20 minutes | 9:30 AM - 9:50 AM Part of: Strategies for Urban Revival and Renewal in Canadian Cities and Towns I
- Developing a ‘care-full’ approach to densification, diversification, and conservation in suburban landscapes that were ‘not built for change’
- Presenter Nik Luka | Presenter Michael Nugent
- 20 minutes | 10:00 AM -10:20 AM Part of: Strategies for Urban Revival and Renewal in Canadian Cities and Towns I