February 12, 2007
by Canadian Architect
The challenges accompanying the urban growth of are immensely complicated, combining issues related to transportation, the environment and the economy. And when it comes to planning a booming metropolis like Calgary, sharing knowledge on developing sustainable communities is critically important.
That’s the philosophy behind a new project launched by the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS) to explore diverse ideas about how cities can best serve their citizens. The Sustainable Cities Initiative, led by EVDS planning program director Dr. Sasha Tsenkova, is a partnership with the City of Calgary and other sponsors that will create more opportunities for U of C students to learn about, and become involved in, research projects and raise awareness about sustainability in the broader community.
As part of the initiative, examples of the challenges facing global cities such as Vancouver, Toronto, Portland, Seattle, London and Amsterdam will be explored in a series of public lectures, beginning Tuesday, February 13, 2007. Greg Yeomans, senior planner for the Greater Vancouver Regional District, University of British Columbia professor Dr. William Rees and Sustainable Cities Plus Network CEO Dr. Nola-Kate Seymoar will discuss urban-planning issues in the Greater Vancouver area at this free public lecture from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at The Nickle Arts Museum on the U of C Campus.
For a map of the museum, please visit www.ucalgary.ca/~nickle/about/contact.shtml