Wednesday, October 11, 2006

EVDS 35th Anniversary Symposium October 20/21

Designing Our Worlds

(Note: this post has updated information).

The Faculty of Environmental Design will be celebrating its 35th anniversary on October 20/21. Since I will be out of town, I thought I would do my bit by posting info on the symposium here:

I should also note that a full itinerary is available from the EVDS Website at:

Friday, October 20, 2006, Downtown Calgary
Metropolitan Conference Centre, 333 4th Avenue SW, Calgary
Morning Session - 9:30 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Green Development: Paul Paquet
Green Development Panel Discussion

Lunch Keynote Speaker
Being Cariboo: Karsten Heuer

Afternoon Session - 2:00 pm
Design in Contemporary Culture: Craig Dykers
Design in Contemporary Culture Panel Discussion

Dean’s Advisory Council Past and Present Social - 5:00 pm
Calgary Chamber of Commerce, 100 6th Avenue SW, Calgary

Saturday, October 21, 2006, University of Calgary
Morning Session, Murray Fraser Hall Room 160 - 9:30 am
Interdisciplinary Design Education: Marvin Malecha
Interdisciplinary Design Education Panel Discussion

EVDS Gallery Lunch - noon

Afternoon Session, Murray Fraser Hall Room 160 - 2:00pm
EVDS in Perspective – Dean's Panel Discussion

EVDS Gallery, Mix and Mingle

EVDS Alumni Gala - 6:00 pm
Eau Claire Sheraton Hotel, Calgary

Designing Our Worlds will celebrate what has been achieved in 35 years of the Faculty of Environmental Design and contemplate what the future holds. The Symposium will showcase inter-disciplinary perspectives on, and interventions in, the design of human systems in natural settings and urban environments. It will provide a forum to discuss the state of the art of inter-disciplinary research, scholarship and teaching as practiced in the fields of Environmental Design.

Space is limited. To RSVP contact: Jane Rappel,; 220-4388 For Further Information:

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Calgary Conference - What is a City?

October 19th - 22nd, 2006

University of Calgary

MacEwan Conference & Event Centre

For over 5000 years, cities have been a primary forum for meaning-making and place-making. They have been studied in artifacts, literature, and history, expressed in texts, visual and performing arts, and they have been analyzed in their social and physical settings. Cities have inspired imagination, signified aspirations, and they have demonstrated human limitations.

The world is rapidly moving to a new context characterized by profound influences of cities. For the first time in history, over half of the world lives in urban centers. No country is preventing urban migration and it is likely that populations will continue to grow in scale and complexity.

Sixty scholars representing 28 disciplines address the theme of the conference during this three-day conference. Program information is available on the Humanities Institute's web-site:

Plenary Sessions

October 19 – “Street Walking” by Aritha van Herk, Author and Professor, English, University of Calgary.
van Herk is one of Alberta’s most talented authors, a University Professor, and twice-appointed Fellow at the Calgary Institute for the Humanities. Her novels have won provincial and national awards, and the “irreverent but relevant” history of Alberta – Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta won the Grant MacEwan Author’s Award.
Time & Location: 7:30 p.m . – Glenbow Museum - 130 - 9 Avenue S.E.

October 20 –“The Grid, the City & the Mind.” by William L. Fox, Author and Poet, Los Angeles, California.
Fox is a writer, independent scholar, and poet who deals with how human cognition transforms land into landscape. He has written books on Las Vegas and Los Angeles (forthcoming), as well as Terra Antarctica that reflects his experience as a National Science Foundation writer-in-residence in the Antarctic. His forthcoming book on the Arctic deals with cognition, culture and landscape.
Time & Location: 4:30 p.m. – Cassio room, MacEwan Conference and Event Centre

October 21 –“The Spectacular City.” By Lisa Rochon, Author (Up North: Where Canada's Architecture meets the Land) and Architecture critic for The Globe and Mail.
Rochon has been assigned as writer and on-camera host of a six-part television series titled “Six Cities Alive to Change: Lessons from the 21st Century” that deals with London, Barcelona, Chicago, Cairo, Shanghai, and Vancouver.
Time & Location: 11:00 a.m. MacEwan Hall A, MacEwan Conference and Event Centre

“What Is A City?” is held in conjunction with the Western Humanities Alliance and it is co-sponsored by the Alliance and the Faculties of Communication & Culture, Environmental Design, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Calgary.