In the early days of Newfoundland and Labrador, structures and neighborhoods developed organically, with little forethought to future development. Today, our build heritage is part of what makes our province unique; however, it also presents challenges to those responsible for developing livable cities that will suit our needs now, and into the future.
The Harris Centre, in partnership with the 2012 Festival of Architecture, presented a series of Synergy Sessions discussing the challenges, and opportunities, of urban planning in this province. We've made the presentation components of these sessions available below.
May 31, Johnson GeoCentre: Neil Dawe, President of Tract Consulting, kicked off the series with a discussion of planning successes and challenges in St. John’s and across the province. (Due to technical difficulties, the audio is unavailable at occasional points in this presentation).
June 5, Foran Greene Room, City Hall: The City of St. John’s partnered on a session with Ken Greenberg, former City of Toronto Director of Urban Design and Architecture.
June 7, Junior Commons Room, Memorial University: Craig Pollett, Executive Director of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador, presented on the structure and role of local government in the province, and opportunities for great urban planning and design capacity.
June 11, The Suncor Fluvarium, Pippy Park: Charles Henley, PHB Group and one of the Festival organizers, wrapped up the series with his vision for urban planning and design in the city.
This series, as with most Synergy Sessions, was open to all interested parties and was webcast live for those unable to attend in person. To register or learn more, please visit the Harris Centre website, www.mun.ca/harriscentre