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Nicolas D Robitaille

B.A. / M.Arch. / Designer in Vancouver

Cultivating City Identity

PRESENTED ON JUL 27, 2013
IN NEW WESTMINSTER @ VOL 3

"This place is not Vancouver!"

In "Cultivating City Identity" from PechaKucha night New Westminster Vol. 3, Nicolas D Robitaille speaks on an architectural project he developed while in school as a means to reinvigorate the New Westminster downtown parkade and cultivate a strong identity for the city. He discusses the challenges currently plaguing the area and shows off his impressive proposition that features the incorporation of new parks, gathering spots, and dining. 

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City Urban Planning in Genoa

BY BEATRICE MORETTI
@ VOL 1 ON FEB 26, 2012

Beatrice Moretti and Paola Sabbion are architects from URBAN LAB. In this presentation, they cover a project called the new City Urban Planning.
 The project involved the announcement of the Genoa Urban Plan 2010 through the publication of the Urban Lab Notebooks, and the staging of the exhibition "Genoa Today, Genoa Tomorrow" in December 2011, an extraordinary instrument of participation and opportunity for discussion. (in Italian)

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Identity of Self and City

BY ROBERT FUNG
@ VOL 1 ON JAN 24, 2013

Robert Fung talks about several urban reconstruction and remodeling projects he has worked on in the past, located in various areas of New Westminster. He looks at the identity of the city, and emphasizes the process of highlighting strengths when rejuvenating forgotten or abandoned districts.

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Falling in Love with New Westminster

BY TEJ KAINTH
@ VOL 1 ON JAN 24, 2013

Tej Kainth shares all of the reasons she has fallen in love with New Westminster, from the people in the community, to the arts and culture of the city, to the architecture of the city itself. She points out several recent projects which have taken place in the city, and urges others to undertake new ones as well.

 
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What Makes a Great City

BY JONATHAN X. CÔTÉ
@ VOL 2 ON APR 26, 2013

Jonathan X. Côté discusses the elements needed to make a city truly great. He states that Great Cities are not necessarily the biggest or most perfect places. However, a mix of certain aspects can turn a city into a fantastic place to live, and Côté shares with us just what it takes to create a great one.

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Designing Identity in Prince George

BY JEAN CHISHOLM
@ VOL 4 ON JUL 14, 2015

Can communications design build and shape community? Designer Jean Chisholm showcases her work exploring the identities of her hometown, the city of Prince George. Can a small city like Prince George become a cultural icon?

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City Arcadia

BY MICHAEL MAYHEW
@ VOL 20 ON FEB 20, 2015

"This was a city of the future. This was the most optimistic progressive city in the world. This was the city where every architect wanted to work in the 1950s."

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New York: City on a Grid

BY GERARD KOEPPEL
@ VOL 7 ON DEC 04, 2015

Actor David Duchovny (!) says of Gerard Koeppel's new book: “ I’ve spent most of my life walking the straight lines of the world’s greatest city, and have never thought to ask: Is this a different shape from other cities, and if so, why, and who did it? Koeppel’s book answers these questions, in an easygoing, good-humored manner, with interesting facts unearthed on nearly every page. This is one of those books you always wished would be written, and here it is. Indispensable for anyone interested in the history of New York and cities generally, and bound to fuel cocktail conversations up, down, and across the city for years to come.”

Listen here for a whirlwind history of NY's grid as it develops!

Gerard Koeppel writes history, mostly New York related, but also in anything from magazines and journals to historical signage in city parks. He was also a captain of a charter sailboat, an awful law student, a licensed hack (out of a Greenwich Village taxi garage), and then, for many years, a radio reporter/writer/editor/producer, mostly with CBS News.

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How New Immigrants Could Build Their New City

BY AMITIS NOUROOZI
@ VOL 10 ON JAN 22, 2016

Within the architecture field, Amitis Nouroozi works in the intersection of planning, design and community-building. She shares her story, as a new immigrant, who is building her new home in the first years of immigration to Canada.

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The Sounds of the City

BY VINCENT ANDRISANI
@ VOL 16 ON AUG 12, 2017

"We have a lot to learn from listening to the everyday sounds that surround us."

In "The Sounds of the City" from PechaKucha Night New Westminster Vol. 16, Vincent Andrisani explains the important role that sounds play in our everyday lives. In his talk, Vincent argues that if we listen to the city with enough patience and curiosity, we can hear ideas for a more equitable approach to urban design and planning.