Join Eric Turcotte at the OAA Conference, May 8

May 4, 2015

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Partner Eric Turcotte will present at this week’s OAA Conference, on Urban Design for Revitalization and Regeneration.

From the OAA’s Conference page:

Course Outline

This session will present the new paradigm for urban change and renewal in the 21st century through sensitive, gradual revitalization, grassroots based regeneration, contextual redevelopment, adaptive reuse, sustainable retrofit of brownfields but also existing historic areas, downtowns, main streets, historic neighbourhoods. Similar concepts are increasingly applying to the extensive car-oriented suburban areas, the inner suburbs, their transformation to transit supportive, walkable, meaningful places. A variety of projects will be used as case studies ranging from Toronto’s West Don Lands/PanAm Village to Liberty Village, King Bathurst area, the new CAMH site to projects in the inner suburbs like North York, Don Mills, Parkway Forrest, mid-sized cities like Brampton, London, Oakville to projects in Ottawa and across the country. Case studies will also include renewal of the suburban areas such as North York and Bramalea.

Special attention will be given to specific urban design and planning tools for revitalization, regeneration and retrofit of existing areas including public engagement and participation and the various roles architects could play in the process. The presenters are architects, urban designers and planners with extensive experience developing, using and implementing urban design tools on significant projects in particular in the Greater Toronto area.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To learn about current trends in planning and urban design for revitalization, regeneration and retrofit of existing urban areas
  2. To learn how urban renewal can be effective in the 21st century through context based revitalization, character sensitive regeneration, sustainable infill and intensification, participation and engagement, how individual design could respond to context and public demand
  3. To learn about the most current planning and urban design tools, their application to specific revitalization and regeneration projects in existing urban areas
  4. To learn about various roles architects could play in the revitalization and regeneration process beyond traditional design including master planning, compliance and design review, urban design, neighbourhood/citizen advocates, business activists, etc.