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Urbanizing Suburbia, the Nordic Solutions

10 September 2019



Date

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 | 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Location

The Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre LN, Brampton

Link to Registration / More Information

https://toronto.uli.org/events/detail/3451610D-3122-44C3-A51C-BE79D40B3E02/

Cost

Free

Host

Urban Land Institute

Sponsors

City of Brampton, Ryerson University, Nordic City Solutions

Description / Benefits

Keynote: Nordic Integrated-Transportation  Jani Moliis, Vice-Director, Economic Development, City of Helsinki

- How innovation economy translates into successful urban regeneration:

- Helsinki's suburban connections

- Success in transforming suburban arteries and transit oriented development

- Success in innovation economy and how that has translated into successful urban regeneration

- Success in civic organization to face current challenges: simplification of civic operations in dealing more effectively with 'city building' and stewardship

Discussion on Mobility, Affordable Housing, Complete Community

Mobility

- Though ridership is growing in the City of Brampton, auto-centricity and congestion are still significant challenges that must be addressed moving forward. Transitioning to higher density neighbourhoods, increasing connections, and improving transit facilities will play a role in making streets more walkable and pedestrian-friendly. The City will take full advantage of its strategic location with highway, transit, and airport access, making the transition from a suburban identity to an urban tech hub a reality.

- How can experts ensure that active and alternative transportation becomes an attractive and feasible option?

- What can be learned from the Nordic experience in making this shift in mobility? Examples?

- How can Brampton accelerate and support the shift in a Canadian context? Still a very strong orientation to the private automobile and a vast infrastructure built around that.

Affordable Housing

- The City of Brampton’s population is projected to reach 1 million by 2040. Students, young professionals, and families will make up a large proportion of Brampton’s new residents. To meet this growth, Brampton’s 2040 Vision integrates affordable housing throughout the city – eradicating homelessness – and introduces new housing typologies to accommodate students and young professionals within the urban area. Achieving a jobs-housing balance will also minimize overall commuting distances among residents.

- What strategies can the City implement to ensure adequate housing for a diverse population?

- What can be learned from the Nordic experience in housing for complete communities? Examples?

- How can Brampton accelerate and support the shift in a Canadian context? Private ownership of land and fewer government resources for funding social housing.

Complete Communities

- The City of Brampton’s 2040 Vision outlines its goals for building complete communities. Brampton is not only emerging as a future tech-hub, attracting knowledge-based industries and innovation, but is making big moves towards sustainable living, providing adequate needs and services to all its residents, and fostering a growing arts and culture scene. The City will seize the opportunity to retain talent, establishing itself as an anchor for entrepreneurial and cultural endeavours.

- How can the City harness its adopted Vision 2040 and achieve holistic walkable urban communities?

- What can be learned from the Nordic experience in combining environments for living, working, shopping, recreation and culture? Examples?

 - How can Brampton accelerate and support the shift in a Canadian context? How can we courage mixed-use and get beyond a legacy of segregated land use?

Notable development projects such as Copenhagen’s City and Port Development, Stockholm’s Stad Hagastaden, Oslo’s Barcode District, and Helsinki’s Keski-Pasila District set a strong precedent for the City of Brampton from a social, environmental, and economic perspective. Learning from these examples, the City of Brampton can incorporate similar strategies that these cities undertook in order to achieve economic urban renewal, sustainable city building, and a thriving city centre.

Speakers:

KEYNOTE: 

Helsinki: Jani Moliis, Vice-Director, Economic Development, City of Helsinki

MODERATOR:

Ken Greenberg, Principal, Greenberg Consultants

PANELS:

Helsinki: Jani Moliis, Vice-Director, Economic Development, City of Helsinki

Helsinki: Chris Morris, Architect, ALA Architects

Denmark: Carsten Primdahl, Founding Partner & Architect, CEBRA Architects

Cherise Burda, Executive Director, Ryerson City Building Institute

Agenda:

5:30 pm – 6:45 pm: Networking & Brampton Taste of Culture 

7:00 pm – 7:20 pm: Introduction: Urbanizing Suburbia 

7:20 pm – 7:45 pm: Keynote: Nordic-Integrated Transformation 

7:45 pm – 8:25 pm: Nordic City Solutions Panel

Contact

Yvonne Yeung   yvonne.yeung@brampton.ca