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Summer Cities Symposium: Working Waterfronts, Freshwater Fictions

Carleton University's Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism

13 July 2018 - 14 July 2018

Date:  Friday, July 13 - Saturday, July 14

Time: 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM & 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM, respectively

Location: 1125 Colonel By Drive, Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON

The Carleton Urban Research Lab will host the first annual Summer Cities Symposium, "Working Waterfronts // Freshwater Fictions," at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism. This event is co-sponsored by the SJB School of Architecture and Planning in Bengaluru, Karnataka. This international public symposium is centred on urban waterfronts, with a focus on three themes: equity, infrastructure, and environment.

To launch the first annual Summer Cities Symposium, we have invited speakers whose work addresses the urban waterfronts of Ottawa-Gatineau, the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. The Canadian Capital Region’s history is one of competing narratives and cultures, and the River that is the source of the city has shaped and been shaped by those stories. We welcome the perspectives of members of the Indigenous First Nations communities whose territories are the location and the inspiration for this symposium. Panel discussions, tours, and workshops will allow participants to engage the variety of creative fictions used by different agents and agencies to describe and to shape river and lakefronts.

We hope that this multi-day event will provide a foundation and a framework for future international initiatives which will shape the future of Canadian cities, expanding the conversations we are having about the shared challenges of 21st-century urban waterfronts.