[Sust-mar] World Renowned Urban Planner Larry Beasley to Give Talk
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Tue May 19 20:50:30 EDT 2009
> World Renowned Urban Planner Larry Beasley to Give Talk
> Larry Beasley, one of the world’s top contemporary urban planners, will be in Charlottetown to give a talk on the elements of a sustainable city focusing on the essential contribution made by open space at the regional, local, street, and project level. Mr. Beasley who retired as Vancouver ’s director of planning in 2006 was instrumental in transforming that city into one of the most livable cities in the world. During his years in Vancouver , he helped raise millions of dollars from the private sector for civic projects, led the revitalization of neighbourhoods, and developed a strong heritage preservation program. Presently, he is the Distinguished Practice Professor of Planning at the University of British Columbia and the founding principal of Beasley and Associates, an international planning consultancy specializing in land use planning and urban design. He chairs the National Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Realty of Ottawa’s
National Capital Commission and regularly advises other Canadian municipalities and numerous cities worldwide, such as Abu Dhabi , Dallas , and Rotterdam .
> Mr. Beasley’s emphasis is on sustainable planning and the best use of natural attributes such as green space. He maintains that building things is only one aspect of urbanism. Good cities require good spaces and respect for the spirit of place. Form in design has to suit the people, the environment, the circumstances, and the tradition of a place. It has to feel organic.
> Mr. Beasley has been recognized with numerous awards for architecture, city planning and landscape design. In 1996 the United Nations honoured Beasley’s work among the “World’s 100 Best Planning Practices”, in 2003 the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada conferred on him its Medal of Excellence as Advocate for Architecture and in 2007 he received the Kevin Lynch Award for MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
> The talk, which is hosted by the Friends of the Farm, will be on May 25th at 7:00 pm in the lecture theatre of the School of Business , UPEI.
Phil Ferraro and Nancy Willis
> Institute for Bioregional Studies Ltd.
> 114 Upper Prince Street, Charlottetown Prince Edward Island Canada C1A 4S3
> "Restoring Community, Protecting the Land and Informing the Earth’s Stewards"
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