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David Witty

Provost, Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo

Placemaking: Urban design as a catalyst for change

PRESENTED ON JAN 30, 2016
IN NANAIMO @ VOL 3
Dave Witty is VIU’s Provost and Vice-President Academic, and a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) affiliated with numerous national planning and architecture institutes. In his presentation, titled "Placemaking: Urban design as a catalyst for change," Dave walks us along a possible path for positive change right here in Nanaimo. 
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Wellness by Design

BY MATTHEW RIDGWAY
@ VOL 1 ON JUN 28, 2013

Matthew Ridgway traces the many trends influencing new transportation development, and how increased population density, declining car use, and a return to full service neighborhoods ultimately signals good things for our jobs, health, and the American middle class.

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Green Spaces and Urban Acupuncture

BY ESTHER GERRARD
@ VOL 8 ON JUL 22, 2015

In "Green Spaces and Urban Acupuncture" From PechaKucha Night Dublin Vol. 8, based on her previous research, Landscape Architect Esther Gerrard talks about her ideas regarding "green spaces" and "urban acupuncture" to explore how they can be utilized to view public space differently. 

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Remediation by Design

BY BRYAN QUINN
@ VOL 5 ON MAR 15, 2016

Bryan Quinn talks about how his company, OneNature, through use of ecological knowledge, construction experience, and design principles, remeadiates and redsigns the urban landscape.

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Placemaking with People!

BY MOJGAN RASOULI
@ VOL 11 ON MAY 06, 2016

Mojgan Rasouli is a passionate Urban Planner and Designer who has great enthusiasm for developing vibrant and walkable neighbourhoods that promote health, safety and equity. Her presentation invites people to consider how placemaking inspires people to reinvent public spaces.

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It’s a Test! The Power of Urban Prototyping

BY NINA CHASE
@ VOL 25 ON OCT 06, 2016

"We're showing citizens what they're buying before they write the final check."

In It’s a Test! The Power of Urban Prototyping from PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh Vol. 25, Landscape architect and urban designer Nina Chase talks about temporary fun, public space, and urban transformation. She shares the power of prototyping and the impact design have in the communication between public spaces, the city council and the community. 

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 18th, 2017. 

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Design Handbook for Cultural Centers

BY PETER LÉNYI
@ VOL 23 ON APR 10, 2017

Among exciting architectural projects discussed, Peter Lényi also presents "Design Handbook for Cultural Centers", which maps urban, architectural and design qualities of cultural centers, members of Trans Europe Halles.

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Possibilities in Urban Space

BY MELISSA HIGGS
@ VOL 45 ON MAY 08, 2018

Melissa shows us the power of architecture and design to change the way we view spaces, and how we can develop connections in those spaces. 

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Placemaking by Design

BY CRAIG RUSSELL
@ VOL 5 ON AUG 16, 2018

Craig Russell talks about creating places for people that are sensitive to their location and context, authentic and timeless and provide flexibility and connection to nature.

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Our Future City

BY VANESSA LIRA
@ VOL 38 ON DEC 09, 2018

Vanessa Lira, an urban designer for the Atlanta Department of City Planning, talks about the Atlanta City Design, a new 400-page plan for the city.