Participants will break out into workshops and meet-ups for hands-on activities with the goal of learning more about specific topics related to urban wellbeing from experts.
Breakout panel: Planning for Urban Resilience
From the growing threat of climate disasters, weakened infrastructure, and major demographic shifts, cities have to adapt to the challenges of the 21st century. This session will delve into the tools accessible to city leaders in order to improve the resilience of their communities, built environment and policies for the future.
, Director General, Green City of Benguerir (represented by SADV/OCP Group)
Sylvain Gariépy, President, Ordre des Urbanistes du Québec
, Chief Operating Officer, ArtScape
, Leader, City of Edinburgh Council and the SNP Group and represents Leith Ward
, Manager, Research Programs, NewCities
Workshop 1: Gender Inclusive Cities
Following the rise of the #MeToo movement, gender inequalities, discrimination and gender-based violence in the workplace have been brought to light. These same inequalities are manifested and often built into the fabric of our cities, negatively affecting the wellbeing of a significant portion of the urban population. This interactive workshop will explore how to begin overcoming gender gaps in cities by exploring different approaches such as inclusive citizen participation and intersectional urban planning as pathways to promoting gender inclusive cities that foster wellbeing.
Location: Networking Area 2
Women in Cities International & Concertation Montréal
Workshop 2: Using Design as a Tool to Impact Your City’s Wellbeing
Design is a key driver of innovation and growth in a city and an impactful tool for reshaping and improving citizens’ wellbeing and quality of life. But how do cities use design effectively to establish change and what are the potential barriers that prevent cities from using design productively? This participatory workshop, led by the World Design Organization, explores ways to leverage design across all city levels as a means to address some of the biggest urban challenges - infrastructure, rapid urbanization, waste management and access to clean water. Participants will be encouraged to share and discuss examples and lessons learned from their own practices that demonstrate how design was embraced to bring actionable change.
Location: Networking Area 1
World Design Organization
Workshop 3: Prototyping City Spaces: Case Studies of Projects Exploring New Boundaries
Two projects exploring city buildings through the lens of transitional urbanism and placemaking, Entremise and MR-63 have tested the advantages and limits of prototyping urban space. Part case study, part discussion, general directors Mallory Wilson and Frédéric Morin-Bordeleau want to go beyond naming the need for prototyping in social innovation and defining what it means in terms of deregulation and current practice.
Location: The President’s Lounge
MR-63 & Entremise