Guelph Urban Design Summit starts with an urban design “intervention” this Saturday

Guelph, ON, April 30, 2014 – The City of Guelph, Workshop Architecture, Zehrs Market, University of Guelph Landscape Architecture and community members will work together this Saturday to create a temporary small-scale urban design installation.

“In anticipation of the Guelph Urban Design Summit, taking place this Monday and Tuesday, the City is working with Helena Grdadolnik, Associate Director at Workshop Architecture, to implement this urban design intervention in the city’s west end,” said Todd Salter, general manager of Planning Services.

The “Sprouting Nodes” project will help Guelph residents visualize the possible future of the Paisley and Imperial Road intersection and kickstart the process of creating a more pedestrian-friendly place.

“This Saturday we will help Paisley-Imperial spring to life with the Main Street Future Walk and a Parking Lot Oasis,” explained David DeGroot, Senior Urban Designer with the City of Guelph. “Come along on the walk to be the first to see these urban design interventions and to hear about the City of Guelph’s urban design vision for the area. After the walk, you are welcome to stay and work alongside your neighbours to help plant the parking lot oasis.”

What

Sprouting a Node at Paisley-Imperial

Who

Todd Salter, General Manager of Planning Services, City of Guelph
David DeGroot, Senior Urban Designer, City of Guelph
Helena Grdadolnik, Associate Director, Workshop Architecture
University of Guelph Landscape Architecture students

Where

Zehrs Garden Centre
1045 Paisley Road, Guelph

When

Saturday, May 3
10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Jane’s Walk at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The City also invites members of the public and professionals to attend the Guelph Urban Design Summit, taking place May 5-6 at the River Run Centre.

On Monday, May 5, community members are invited to attend as David Miller, President of World Wildlife Fund Canada and 63rd Mayor of Toronto, leads a discussion about building great cities; Andrew Howard, co-founder of Build a Better Block, discusses how to create inexpensive and high-impact urban design; and Guelph Mayor Karen Farbridge discusses ways to make Guelph an even better city. Ric Young, one of Canada’s leading thinkers in social change, will moderate the panel discussion.

Tickets for the Forum are $5 and can be purchased at the River Run Box Office.

What

Guelph Urban Design Summit: Public Forum

Who

Mayor Karen Farbridge, City of Guelph
David Miller, President of World Wildlife Fund Canada and 63rd Mayor of Toronto
Andrew Howard, co-founder of Build a Better Block
Ric Young, founder of The Social Projects Studio and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Social Innovation at Ryerson University

Where

River Run Centre
35 Woolwich Street, Guelph

When

Monday, May 5
7:30-9:30 p.m.

The Summit continues on Tuesday, May 6 with a sold out full-day Professional Workshop for those engaged in urban design projects. The line-up features hands-on mobile workshops, networking opportunities, and leading urban design thinkers discussing urban design tools and strategies.

What

Guelph Urban Design Summit: Professional Workshop

Who

Lise Burcher, Associate Professor, University of Guelph and Guelph City Councillor
Ann Pappert, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Guelph
Ian Panabaker, Corporate Manager, Downtown Renewal, City of Guelph
Todd Salter, General Manager of Planning Services, City of Guelph
Steven Bell, Manager, Downtown Collaborative, City of Mississauga
Joseph Minicozzi, Principal, Urban3
Ralph Giannone, Principal of Giannone Petricone Associates Inc. Architects
Sean Galloway, Manager of Urban Design and Geographic Information Systems, City of London
Helena Grdadolnik, Associate Director, Workshop Architecture Inc.
Andrew Howard, co-founder of Build a Better Block
Julia van der Laan de Vries, Urban Designer, City of Hamilton
Khaldoon Ahmed, Urban Designer, City of Hamilton
Tim Smith, Senior Associate, Urban Strategies Inc.
James N. Parakh, Urban Design Manager, Toronto and East York, City of Toronto
Paul Bottomley, Manager of Policy, Research and Forecasting, Region of York
Karen Hammond, Lecturer and Manager of Design, School of Planning, University of Waterloo

Where

River Run Centre
35 Woolwich Street, Guelph

When

Tuesday, May 6
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

For more information

Todd Salter
General Manager
Planning Services
519-822-1260 extension 2395
todd.salter@guelph.ca

David DeGroot
Senior Urban Designer
Planning Services
519-822-1260 extension 2358
david.degroot@guelph.ca