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Date: January 23, 2007

Creating Public Spaces People Want

What makes a public place successful? How can the combination of architecture, land use and design be used to engage people in their communities? An upcoming lecture and day-long workshop offered by the University of Victoria’s Division of Continuing Studies’ cultural resource management program, in collaboration with New York City’s Project for Public Spaces, will examine the process of creating successful public spaces. These presentations, part of a new series about shaping dynamic communities entitled “People, Places, Perspectives,” will be of interest to urban and regional planners, architects, developers, community activists and others involved in the design of community spaces on southern Vancouver Island and beyond.

What Makes a Place Successful?
Thursday, 8 February, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
This lecture by Fred Kent, president of the Project for Public Spaces (PPS) in New York City, and Kathy Madden, director of the PPS Parks program, will identify the qualities that make some places memorable and appealing. It will examine community environments and provide a framework for identifying the qualities that make public spaces throughout our neighbourhoods engaging, safe, convenient and lively.

Shaping Successful Places
Friday, 9 February, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
In the workshop, Fred Kent and Kathy Madden will work with participants to explore new ways in which to think about and improve public spaces. Drawing on the “placemaking” concepts pioneered by PPS, participants will strengthen their capacity to analyse and recommend ways in which such criteria as sociability, uses and activities, comfort and image, and access and linkages can be used to enhance our communities.

Both events are offered in cooperation with The City of Victoria, the District of Saanich, the Downtown Victoria Business Association, the Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC), de Hoog and Kierulf Architects and D’Ambrosio architecture + urbanism.

The fee for the lecture is $19.08 (incl. GST). Course code: CMCR231 2007S C01
The workshop fee is $265 (incl. GST). Course code: CMCR232 2007S C01

Registration for these events is through continuing studies, using the relevant course code, at 472-4747, by email to register@uvcs.uvic.ca or online at www.continuingstudies.uvic.ca/register. Further information on these events is available at www.uvcs.uvic.ca/crmp under courses/workshops.

Media contacts:
Joy Davis, director (Continuing Studies) at 250-721-8462 or joydavis@uvcs.uvic.ca

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