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Landscape architect Douglas Olson speaks on the Nature of Cities

May 20, 2013
by Canadian Architect

Can we design urban landscapes so that they respect and protect biodiversity? As Saskatoon sprawls in all directions, planning with nature in mind has become an urgent issue. Great Places is pleased to support a free public lecture entitled “The Nature of Cities” by renowned landscape architect Douglas Olson of O2 Planning + Design on Monday, May 27, 2013 at 7:00pm at the Broadway Theatre. Olson will bring a lifetime of regional and international experience to bear on the challenges of creating a city in tune with its natural surroundings. Elder John Sugar (Core Neighbourhood Youth Coop) will put the discussion in context with drum songs, and special guests Chris Shultz (City of Saskatoon) and Mike Velonas (Meewasin Valley Authority) will bring the focus home to Saskatoon’s own biodiversity hotspot, the Northeast Swale — now threatened by development and multiple road crossings.

This event is part of the first-ever NatureCity Festival, a celebration of the wonders of nature found in Saskatoon. It is the inaugural project of Wild About Saskatoon, a group of nature lovers who aim to connect nature and culture in the city of Saskatoon. The week-long festival will kick off with events in a number of neighbourhoods, and the schedule includes daily outdoor excursions and adventures, school and gardening activities, readings, art shows, concerts, spoken-word performances, banquets and more. The calendar for the week is available at

Since the group’s inception in the late fall of 2012, Wild About Saskatoon has grown to include dozens of volunteers and more than 40 community groups and businesses, all working together to make the event possible. All NatureCity Festival events are free unless otherwise noted. The NatureCity Festival is supported by financial contributions from EcoFriendly Sask, SaskEnergy and the Office of the Treaty Commissioner.

This free public lecture is sponsored by Nature Saskatchewan, the Meewasin Valley Authority and Wild About Saskatoon, with support from Great Places. Bike valet service is provided by Saskatoon Cycles, with Conexus Credit Union.

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