Unleashing Public Life + Beauty through Downtown Planning

Great Places is pleased to announce that at 7:00pm on Monday, April 19, 2010, Jennifer Keesmaat, an award-winning city planner and acclaimed speaker, will be giving a public presentation in Saskatoon.


Keesmaat is a founding partner of Office for Urbanism, a planning and design firm located in the city of Toronto. Entitled “Unleashing Public Life + Beauty through Downtown Planning,” Keesmaat’s talk will take the audience on a fascinating exploration of how we might direct our efforts to unleash the full potential for civic life and quality development in Saskatoon’s downtown through ambitious planning and urban design.


Keesmaat is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Congress for New Urbanism. Her list of awards in the past three years includes two national awards for excellence in planning from the Canadian Institute of Planners, awards for excellence from the Alberta Association of the Canadian Institute of Planners and Ontario Professional Planners Institute, and the prestigious Design Exchange Award. Keesmaat recently completed downtown plans for the City of Regina and the Regional Municipality of Halifax. In Toronto, she has completed a master plan for Union Station, a Heritage Conservation District for Queen Street West and a Bloor Street Visioning Study. She is leading the production of the City of Mississauga’s new Official Plan and has completed streetscape, transportation, culture planning, community engagement, urban design and place-making projects across Canada and internationally.


Keesmaat will be speaking at the Broadway Theatre in Saskatoon, located at 715 Broadway Avenue. The event begins at 7:00pm, and admission is free. Following Keesmaat’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.


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.


For more information on this event and on Great Places, please contact Jim Walters at 306.665.3441 or at jwalters@crosbyhanna.ca.