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// Friday, July 13

Welcome (8:30am)

Panel 1 – Plans and Visions (9am-10:45am)

Panel 2 – Edges and Equity (11:00am-12:30pm)

(Meet at Victoria Island)
Panel 3 – Power and Place (3:00pm-4:00pm)
+ Ottawa/ Gatineau Tour (4:00pm-6:00pm)

// Saturday, July 14

Panel 4 – Future Fictions (9:00am-10:30am)

Student daylong workshop (11:00am-4:00pm)

Closing Reception + Discussion (4:00pm-5:30pm)


Friday July 13th to Saturday July 14th, 2018

The Azrieli School of Architecture will be hosting the Summer Cities Symposium 2018: Working Waterfronts // Freshwater Fictions. This event is the first summer research-based symposium organized by the Carleton Urban Research Lab (c-url), and will be co-sponsored by the SJB School of Architecture and Planning in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

Carleton University acknowledges the location of its campus on the traditional and unceded territories of the Algonquin nation.

Carleton University will welcome speakers, guests, and students from diverse disciplines to explore urban thinking and visualization techniques, and to discuss the implications of ways of imagining, drawing, and telling stories of water and cities. Panel discussions, tours, and workshops will allow participants to engage the variety of creative fictions used by different agents and agencies to describe and to shape river and lakefronts.

The Ottawa-Gatineau Canadian Capital Region’s history is one of competing narratives and cultures, and the River that is the source of the city has shaped and been shaped by those stories. We welcome the perspectives of members of the Indigenous First Nations communities whose territories are the location and the inspiration for this symposium.

This international public symposium will be centered on urban waterfronts, with a focus on equity, infrastructure, and environment.

This multi-day event will provide a foundation and a framework for future international initiatives which will shape the future of Canadian cities, expanding the conversations we are having about the shared challenges of 21st-century urban waterfronts.

Vendredi 13 juillet au samedi 14 juillet 2018

L’École d’architecture d’Azrieli accueillera le Symposium Estival des Villes 2018: Bords d’Eau en Fonction // Fictions d’Eau Douce. Cet événement est le premier symposium d’été basé sur la recherche organisé par le Laboratoire en Recherche Urbaine de Carleton (c-url), et sera coparrainé par l’École d’Architecture et de Planisme du SJB à Bangalore, Karnataka.

L’Université de Carleton reconnaît l’emplacement de son campus sur les territoires traditionnels et non cédés de la nation algonquine.

L’Université de Carleton accueillera des conférenciers, des invités et des étudiants de diverses disciplines pour explorer des techniques de pensée et de visualisation urbaines, ainsi que pour discuter des implications d’imaginer, de dessiner et de raconter des histoires en lien avec l’eau et les villes. Des tables rondes, des visites guidées et des ateliers permettront aux participants d’utiliser une variété de fictions créatives utilisées par différents agents et agences pour décrire et façonner les rives et les rivières.

L’histoire de la région capitale canadienne d’Ottawa et Gatineau est celle de nombreux récits et cultures concurrentes, dont la rivière des Outaouais qui est la source de la région, a façonnée et fut façonnée par ces histoires. Nous encourageons les points de vue des membres des communautés autochtones des Premières Nations dont leurs territoires sont le lieu et l’inspiration de ce symposium.

Ce symposium public international sera centré sur les bords d’eau urbains, en mettant l’accent sur l’équité, l’infrastructure et l’environnement.

Cet événement de plusieurs jours fournira une source de fondement et de cadre aux futures initiatives internationales qui façonneront l’avenir des villes canadiennes, tout en élargissant les conversations sur les défis communs des zones urbaines en bord d’eau du XXIe siècle.

We hope to bring together speakers from South India and North America with members of the First Nations communities of Ontario and Québec to discuss issues of waterfront urbanization within the global context, and to make recommendations for future guidelines and collaborations.


Faculty and Students of the SJB School of Architecture and Planning in southwest India will discuss their work on sustainable solutions to waterfront development in one of the most challenging settings in the world. With a population of over 12 million, Bangalore, or Bengaluru, has faced explosive growth. Because it is also the technology capital of India and has a strong educational sector, urbanists from this city are testing new methods of sustainable development, minimizing negative impacts on rivers and lakes. Despite their near opposite climates, India and Canada both bear the legacies of British governance and bureaucratic frameworks, and face many similar challenges around waterfront development. In Bengaluru, as in the North American context, issues of flooding and pollution, of old infrastructure and abandoned industry, and of equity and access are the most important stories, unfolding side by side with the drives for increased urban densities and improved water management strategies.

Confirmed speakers include: Smitha Mysore (SJB School of Architecture and Planning, Bengaluru, India),  Josée Bourgeois (Memengweshii Advisory Council), Mary Trudeau (Engineer and Hydrologist, Ottawa), Steve Rugare (Kent State University, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative), Nik Luka (McGill University, Architecture and Urban Planning), Karen Lutsky and Vincent DeBritto (University of Minnesota, Dept. of Landscape Architecture), Chris Hoyt (National Capital Commission, Ottawa), Sean Burkholder (University of Buffalo, School of Architecture and Planning), Ozayr Saloojee and Catherine Bonier (Carleton University, Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism).


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