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Amitis Nouroozi

Architect & City Builder in Toronto

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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Creating Community Glue

BY LEE ANN JOHNSON
@ VOL 1 ON JAN 20, 2012

Town Councillor, Lee Ann Johnson, talks about innovation and imagination in Gibsons, BC. Creativity is the incredible glue that holds the community together.
This presentation is in English.

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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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Imaginative Planning

BY HEATHER TERNOWAY
@ VOL 13 ON MAR 06, 2013

Heather Ternoway is an urban planner committed to making planning more tangible and exciting. For over a decade, she has worked with communities large and small to improve quality of life through creative community-driven planning and design. 

 
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Cultivating City Identity

BY NICOLAS D ROBITAILLE
@ VOL 3 ON JUL 27, 2013

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 propostion that features the incorporation of new parks, gathering spots, and dining. 

"Presentation of the Day" on January 17, 2014.

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Building a New City on the Waterfront

BY STEPHEN RAINBOW
@ PKN_AKL_SPECIAL EDITION ON MAR 28, 2014

General Manager of Strategy at Waterfront Auckland Stephen Rainbow speaks on the numerous projects that make up the massive redevelopment this port city is undergoing. Industrial parks have been converted to community spaces, housing built on water, innovative commercial and service districts, and sustainable transport options to connect the city.

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Design-Build Education: Creating a New Education Center for Beardsley Community Farm

BY JENNIFER AKERMAN
@ VOL 16 ON AUG 06, 2015

Presented with Bud Archer and Bailey Green. 

Students and faculty from the University of Tennessee’s College of Architecture and Design will present on the benefits of design-build education as illustrated by an innovative new building being created for Beardsley Community Farm in Knoxville—a non-profit urban demonstration farm promoting food security and sustainable agriculture. Design-build education through architectural design courses at UT enabled making a building that reinforces Beardsley’s mission. The new structure will operate as a teaching tool helping farm staff and volunteers more effectively engage the public about the benefits of local sustainable farming. It also creates significant public spaces for the benefit of the community at large.

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The Power of an Idea: One Person's View of How Community Renewal Through the Arts Lead to Creation of the BHAD

BY RICHARD HENSEL
@ VOL 3 ON NOV 12, 2015

Rich Hensel is a resident of Benton Harbor, MI celebrating thirty years of engagement with the local creative community and has worked as a community organizer and founder of the OutCenter, a founding board member and past President of the New Territory Arts Association, Trustee, and Vice President of the Benton Harbor Public Library, and a volunteer with the Benton Harbor Downtown Development Authority he continues to remain engaged in the renewal of this city.

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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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KnowHow / Youth Programs at the Intersection of Creativity and Critical Thinking

BY ELIZABETH WRIGHT
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

Elizabeth Wright presents "KnowHow" a local community organization that builds youth leadership and community engagement through the arts. KnowHow youth work at the intersection of creativity and critical thinking to engage with their communities, develop solutions to issues that affect their lives, and build vital life skills. Tonight, KnowHow adult allies  will share the inspiration and design behind this work, information about their many programs, and their dreams for the future of their organization and our city.