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Tomorrow! Ken Greenberg presents City Building: The Emergence of a New North American Dream


September 19, 2012
by Canadian Architect

Ken Greenberg, internationally acclaimed architect, urban designer, and author of the bestselling book Walking Home: The Life and Lessons of a City Builder, delivers a lecture at 6:30pm on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at the Broadway Theatre in Saskatoon. Greenberg’s talk will engage the audience in his approach to city-building, offering a new toolkit for optimizing the city from areas as small as a city block to as large as a city region. Combining 30 years of his own experience rejuvenating downtowns, waterfronts, neighbourhoods and university campuses with lessons from others like his friend and mentor Jane Jacobs, Greenberg’s message is not only hopeful and practical, but will leave the audience anticipating their own walk home through exceptional urbanism.

Recipient of the 2010 American Institute of Architects Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Design Excellence, Ken Greenberg was born in Brooklyn, New York and is Toronto’s former Director of Urban Design and Architecture. Now a private consultant, he is on the team completing the third phase of Saskatoon’s City Centre Plan. Greenberg has brought innovative design to cities such as New York, Montreal, Amsterdam, Washington DC, Paris, Quebec City and, as told in his new book, had a “career epiphany” while working in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

Joining Greenberg will be Alan Wallace, Saskatoon’s Manager of Planning and Development, talking about one of the city’s grandest city-building initiatives in at least 50 years, the Integrated Growth Plan. The IGP seeks to address issues of sustainable development, transportation, and quality of life for citizens of Saskatoon. Wallace has led many of the City’s efforts to undertake innovative urbanism over the past several years and in 2009, with his project team, received the Premier’s Award of Excellence in Design for Community Planning. Following the talks Gerry Klein, civic affairs columnist at The StarPhoenix, will engage the speakers and audience in discussion.

Audience attention will be captivated during the evening by local poet Charles Hamilton’s YouTube sensation Saskatoon: A Love Letter and music by Fountains of Youth. Ken Greenberg will hold a book signing session during the wine and cheese reception, with books for sale at the theatre by Turning the Tide. Installations throughout the theatre will provide a sneak peak at the activities to follow all day on Friday, September 21st during Saskatoon’s first-ever Park(ing) Day celebration along 20th Street West (see www.facebook.com/saskatoonparkingday).

Admission is free, but please reserve your seat at www.picatic.com/parkingday.

This event is sponsored by Great Places, Nutana Community Association, Broadway Theatre, Roadmap Saskatoon, City of Saskatoon, The StarPhoenix, Stantec, The Two Twenty, deezine.ca, Susan Busse PR, Broadway BID, Modern Country Interiors, and the University of Saskatchewan Regional and Urban Planning Program.

For more information, please contact Ryan Walker at 306.966.5664 and at ryan.walker@usask.ca.


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