Regina 2050 Project

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Rod Stutt
Email address of primary contact person: 
stutt@siast.sk.ca
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

 

Purpose of Project

1) To introduce students to environmentally sensitive principles of urban design, including transportation, housing density, energy and water consumption.

2) To involve the community in an urban design process, including representatives from 3 local community associations (Whitmore Park, Core/Heritage, Warehouse) and the City of Regina Planning Department.

3) To prepare suggestions and proposals for use by the community associations and for consideration in the anticipated changes to the Regina city plan.

4) To develop a step-by-step report, booklet, and web site that may be used by other schools, students and community associations in Regina and other cities as a guide to undertake similar studies elsewhere.

The only way to make positive and green change for cities is to get everyone involved. This activity involved young people, community leaders, academics, professional planners, politicians, citizens and activists.

The main themes addressed, in addition to educational, promotional and organization strategies, were

1) Transportation, including pedestrian, cycles, cabs, buses and trams.

2) Housing density, including the form, arrangement and location of housing.

3) Energy and water conservation issues, as integrated with the city form.

The ultimate target is broad citizen participation in urban planning. Most immediately, this activity involved young people, community leaders, academics, professional planners, politicians, citizens and activists.

 

Where and When did it take place?

-March 24 8-hour Urban Design Forum at SIAST Wascana Campus

-March 29 12-hour Design Charrette and Project Presentation at SIAST Palliser Campus

-Future website, dvd and booklet will spread the word

How did it come about? We formed a project team, engaged the students, found the speakers and came together. Then we spoke, listened and worked at it.

To date, the students attended the workshop and delivered their project proposals. We divided the students into three groups and each considered the city as a whole and then focused on a particular community: Whitmore Park, Core/Heritage, and the Warehouse District.

The DVD of the student presentation is being distributed to the community groups.

A writer is preparing a written report that will be completed at the end of June

In the future, this report will be shared with other community groups in order to inspire similar activities in many other communities.

 

 

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

 

-March 24 8-hour Urban Design Forum at SIAST Wascana Campus

-March 29 12-hour Design Charrette and Project Presentation at SIAST Palliser Campus

 

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Urban design
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

This was a pilot project that demonstrated how three groups, “experts”, students, and community representatives could come together to learn, to discuss, to design and to become engaged in the social and political process of transforming our cities over the next 40 years.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Post-secondary institution
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Describe any participation in your project from the grassroots community, youth, the poor/vulnerable, minority groups: 

This project involved both youth (students) and local residents in the 3 community associations. It has the potential to have greater impact when community association participants go back and speak with their neighbours.

 

Publications (Has there been any documentation of this project/research?): 

 

The DVD of the student presentation is being distributed to the community groups.

A writer is preparing a written report that will be completed at the end of June

In the future, this report will be shared with other community groups in order to inspire similar activities in many other communities.

 

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Data from recognition event 2011