Current Lectures

Fall 2018

The Radical Possibilities of Alternative Urbanisms


September 20: Panel—Alternative Urbanisms in the City of Victoria

Panelists include Beangka Elliott (Project Reclaim), Boma Brown (Vancouver Island Research Group), Lorne Daniel (Greater Victoria Placemaking Network), Todd Litman (Victoria Transport Policy Institute), and Organizers of the Victoria Anarchist Bookfair (Allan Antliff, Kim Croswell, Evan "Burrito")

Abstract

The Fall 2018 series of the City Talks will kick off with a panel discussion on alternative urbanisms in Victoria. Panelists will discuss their own experiences promoting diverse visions of the city and region through a range of initiatives including youth-driven indigenous land restoration (Project Reclaim), the Support Network for Indigenous Women and Women of Colour (SNIWWOC), urban place-making (the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network), transportation planning (Victoria Transport Policy Institute), and anarchist festivals (Victoria Anarchist Bookfair).

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 7:30 PM

Legacy Art Gallery ~ 630 Yates Street, Victoria

Free Public Event

City Talks Panel: Alternative Urbanisms in Victoria

October 25: Urban Planning by Other Means: The Struggle for Racial Justice in Twentieth-Century Halifax

Ted Rutland
Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment, Concordia University

Ted Rutland is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment at Concordia University. His research examines the racial politics of urban planning, policing, and community organizing in Canadian cities. He is the author of the 2018 book, Displacing Blackness: Planning, Power, and Race in Twentieth-Century Halifax.

Abstract

The question of racial justice is most often ignored in processes of urban planning – perhaps because it appears to be a social, rather than physical/spatial concern. This talk presents a different view. Drawing on research in Halifax, Ted Rutland shows how modern urban planning has always been a social and spatial enterprise, how racial injustice has been integral to modern planning, and how Halifax-area Black communities have fought to define an alternative vision of the city and city planning.

Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7:30 PM

Legacy Art Gallery ~ 630 Yates Street, Victoria

Free Public Event

November 29: Place-Making as Radical Urbanism: Reinventing Urban Space in the Placeless City

Mark Lakeman
Co-Founder and Creative Director, The City Repair Project in Portland, Oregon

 

 

Abstract

This presentation will describe how "placeless" practices and landscapes that characterize modern urban planning are being actively and aggressively retrofitted through place-based citizen engagement. The hot bed of innovation has been Portland, Oregon where the movement got its start with the initiative to create Pioneer Courthouse Square. Then, the movement literally went into the streets of the entire city, and is spreading across the continent as we speak. Drawing on material from North American and European cities, this highly visual presentation will also include all the technical support that is needed to take the inspiration home, and begin the process of recreating your own urban spaces at once.

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 7:30 PM

Legacy Art Gallery ~ 630 Yates Street, Victoria

Free Public Event

This City Talk is co-sponsored by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union through the Jean Monnet EU Centre of Excellence at the University of Victoria.