Breathing New Life into Older Neighbourhoods: Guidelines for Shaping Healthy Growth

Great Places Saskatoon is pleased to announce that Harold Madi, an award-winning planner and architect, will be giving a public presentation at 7:00pm this Thursday, February 10, 2011 at the Mendel Art Gallery Lecture Hall in Saskatoon.

Madi is a partner with the Planning Partnership, based in Toronto, and his talk will explore the pressures and opportunities around residential infill development in established neighbourhoods. Misguided development is capable of pulling apart a neighbourhood’s prized character and fabric. With the right guidance, however, infill development can revitalize areas in decline, create complete communities, and enhance the public realm and efficiency and effectiveness of community services, infrastructure and land use. As Saskatoon considers models for redirecting growth inward, the evening’s discussion will be timely and engaging.

Harold Madi is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He has led national award-winning downtown plans for Lethbridge, Belleville, Fort Erie and Halifax, completed a comprehensive urban design strategy and infill guidelines for Halifax, and is undertaking a similar project for Charlottetown. Madi is leading major civic design projects in the run-up to the 2015 Pan-American Games in Toronto, including the Union Station Front Street Plaza and the John Street Arts & Culture Promenade. Locally, he led the Broadway 360 Development Plan in and the University of Saskatchewan Core Area Plan.

Following Madi’s presentation and open discussion, there will be a reception hosted by the University of Saskatchewan’s Regional & Urban Planning Program and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Madi will also be offering a free workshop from 9:30am to 1:00pm on Saturday February 12, also at the Mendel Art Gallery.

Admission to the lecture and workshop is free, and all are welcome.

The presentation and workshop are a joint initiative of Great Places, Saskatoon’s Community Associations, the Saskatoon Heritage Society, and the Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance. Great Places is a discussion forum that focuses on current issues related to the built environment in Saskatoon as shaped by architecture, urban planning, public art and landscape design. The group brings together visionary design professionals, government officials and citizens to discuss projects, initiatives, and precedents, locally and from abroad.

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