Community Planning

Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) Conference – SOUL 2018, Winnipeg

We are excited and honoured to be the diamond sponsor for this year’s Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) Conference to be held in Winnipeg next week. As the lead sponsor we’ll have a number of our own professionals attending from across our Western Canadian network, leading a number of presentations and events.

Spaces to Places

Friday July 20, 10 AM to 5 PM
Alleyways in the Exchange

Urban-Systems-SpacesCIP-v2Shoni Madden, a Sustainable Transportation Planner and Michael Wakely are hosting a workshop alongside the conference for students that might not be able to afford the conference participation. Our workshop is funded through the University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture, and the University of Manitoba Association of Planning Students.

Workshop Abstract:
The Spaces to Places Workshop will teach participants about how they can transform public spaces with tactical urbanism. Participants will spend the morning learning about how to plan a successful pop-up with 8-80 Cities, who are renowned for their work globally, and hear of some local context and examples of innovation and success. In the afternoon, participants will get their hands dirty, actively transforming a a parking lot into a temporary pop-up public park in Winnipeg’s Historic Exchange District. All materials will be provided to support participants the workshop including the innovative Better Block furniture which is designed to be cut with CNC machines out of simple plywood! The pop-up space will then be open to the public, and will be a destination point for students and practitioners attending the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) conference. The site will also be a key gathering space and feature of the gala event for the CIP conference the following evening.

CIP Story Session

Friday July 20, 3:30 PM to 4:45 PM
RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
Lisa Konopski, Environmental Designer, Urban Systems Calgary

Within the ‘Story Session’ presentation option, Lisa will undertake an interactive urban poetry performance that explores the importance of storytelling, oral history, perception, and vulnerability in our world, both personally and professionally. Through spoken word, Lisa share her personal journey that has led to her current life as a mother, a mentor, a community builder, and an accidental planner.

Lisa is interested in how our ability to listen and synthesize information shapes our work as planners. As Lisa speaks, she will encourage participants to draw, sketch, write or doodle anything that comes to mind based on what they are hearing. Once she has completed sharing her story, participants will come together, share feedback and discuss. Each person’s sheet will become another page of my story, and by the end of our time together we will have shared an experience and created an illustrated book that will be larger than the sum of its parts.

About Lisa

Lisa Konopski, Environmental Designer
Lisa is a creative, community-minded member of the Urban Systems Landscape and Planning teams, specializing in sustainable community development. She has over 10 years of experience in the consultation, design, implementation and management of sustainable landscape architecture and environmental planning projects, working for land developers and Municipal clients. Lisa brings this diverse background to community planning projects working alongside First Nations communities in Alberta. Her recent project work has been focused on developing plans for economic development initiatives, land use, zoning, and comprehensive community planning. Lisa’s collaborative approach and focus on building and sustaining long-term, trusted client relationships resonate with community members. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Manitoba, and is an avid reader, writer, and outdoor enthusiast who resides in Calgary with her family.

Hitting the Streets! Improving Active Transportation through Dynamic Community Engagement

Saturday July 21, 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM
RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
Brian Patterson, Active Transportation Lead and Partner, Urban Systems Vancouver

This session will include three presentations on active transportation discussing techniques, results, and lessons learned from the following dynamic community engagement projects:

McDermot/Bannatyne Pop-up Protected Bike Lanes – On the narrow streets of Winnipeg’s Exchange District planners moved away from maps and renderings and laid out a life-size experience. To learn more about Brian’s work in Winnipeg, watch the video below.

To learn more about the conference visit the SOUL 2018 website.

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