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An Evolution of Urban Planning: How Planners have Re-shaped our Cities
Tim Shah, Community and Regional Planning, UBC
Coach House, Green College, UBC
February 27 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

During the post World War II period, many North Americans suburbanized to enjoy the benefits of larger homes and open space, a breath of fresh air from the inner city and a chance to ‘play’ in their neighbourhoods. Cities, though, never lost their significance in spite of this suburban shift. Cities offer a variety of choice, proximity to amenities, such as public transit, and a liveliness that makes urban living exciting. Urban planning as a profession and field of study has played an indispensable role in helping cities realize their potential. This talk offers an overview of urban planning and how it has made cities healthier, greener and more manageable for the people who live in them. Tim will highlight cities that are leading the way in urban planning innovation (in Canada and abroad) and discuss current opportunities and long-term challenges facing the profession. Some questions include: what are some of the hot topics in urban planning today? Are planning ideas from the mid-20th century outdated? What will be some of the major issues that face urban planners for the coming 100 years?

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