On Thursday October 15th 2015 the afternoon is dedicated to mobile workshops. There will be seven mobile workshops for participants to choose from. Participants will be asked on the first day of registration to sign up for their mobile workshop of choice. Space is limited for each workshop and they will be available on a first-come first-served basis.

1. Intensification of Ottawa’s Emerging Downtown District

Ottawa’s downtown is expanding, resulting in intensification beyond the central core. One of those areas is at Preston Street and Carling Avenue, located near the Little Italy community, an arterial main street, Dow’s Lake, and rapid transit. This tour will offer a BIA, developer, and urban designer’s perspective on how to negotiate and plan successful public realm projects as a major node area is developing. Learn more about the recently approved Preston-Carling District Secondary Plan and the mechanisms put in place to ensure that as this district matures, the public realm spaces are improved and well designed as they will become more vital in balancing intensification and available community amenities.

2. Lansdowne Park Redevelopment – An Urban Transformation

Explore how an old city landmark transformed into a special urban hub. The recent redevelopment of Lansdowne Park comprises of preservation of heritage buildings, major new courtyard and green spaces, convertible outdoor recreational spaces between seasons, and the Great Lawn, which has a capacity to hold up to 17,000 people for festivals and public events. Lansdowne has become a visitor’s destination for sporting and entertainment events at the updated stadium and is a truly a mixed use development with residential, retail, and offices on-site. Learn about the logistics, finance, programming, and design solutions that made Lansdowne into more than just an underutilized sports venue.

3. Revitalizing the Longest Running Farmers’ Market in Canada

One of the City’s top tourist destinations and entertainment areas is the Byward Market, which is home to the longest running farmer’s market in the country. However, the number of local farmer’s markets across the City has increased, making the Byward Market less of a unique market destination. Workshop participants will hear from city staff, the Market Office, and the ward Councillor about the City of Ottawa’s plans to revitalize the public farmers’ market and implementation mechanisms. Some of the topics to be covered during the walking tour include Project for Public Spaces’ findings about the area, proposed governance changes, business plan, future physical improvements, and the steps ahead.

4. Beyond the Ivory Towers: Planning and Integrating a University Campus in the Downtown Precinct

What does it take to run a large urban university in the heart of Canada’s capital city? The University of Ottawa is located in the City’s urban core along the Canal and will have three LRT stations on or near its main campus, making it an important partner in implementing the City of Ottawa’s transit and public realm objectives. This session will be led by campus planning staff who will provide a comprehensive orientation to the new University’s Campus Master Plan and a behind the scenes tour, which will offer important insights on contemporary university campus design and operations.

5. The Renewal of Downtown Streets for Pedestrians, Cyclists, and Transit Users

Downtown Moves is an urban design and transportation study completed in 2013, which investigated how to make walking, cycling, and transit use more comfortable and convenient in Ottawa’s Central Business District. Its recommendations identify actions and projects to create more vibrant, inclusive, and accessible streets such as how to redistribute the streetscape environment. This session will focus on the implementation of ‘complete streets’ downtown, which is leveraging the investment in Ottawa’s LRT to re-think and re-create the public realm created by our streets. Starting from an in-room orientation presentation, the group will hit the streets to investigate firsthand the successes and challenges facing the City.

6. A Dynamic Capital – Creating and Managing Public Spaces

As cities continue to strive to be more vibrant and active centres, there is an ever-growing need to host a variety of events from community scale to international festivals. In the context of Ottawa-Gatineau, the National Capital Region is a venue for Canadians and visitors to celebrate Canada and learn about its history and values. This session will be a cycling tour using a local bike-share where participants will explore some of the sites managed by the National Capital Commission (NCC) and its partners that are specifically dedicated to celebrations and festivals. Sites to be visited include LeBreton Flats, Museum of History, and Major Hill’s Park.

7. Maximizing the Potential of the Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Rideau Canal is a National Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and features the largest skating rink in the world. It is one of Ottawa’s top attractions for locals and international visitors, but is it capitalizing on its full potential? Hear from a diverse panel discussing the challenges and strengths of the operations of the Canal and how they see its ideal transformation. The session will begin with a walking tour along the Canal to the Canal Ritz restaurant, where participants will hear the findings of Queen’s University’s study on Animating the Canal and then from Parks Canada, who is undertaking a variety of initiatives to provide Canadians and visitors unforgettable experiences on the canal, while respecting its unique heritage values and strengthening it as world-class attraction.

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