Town Planning Day 2010

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Sheri Birkeland
Email address of primary contact person: 
sbirkeland@regina.ca
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The City of Regina, in collaboration with Co-operators Life Insurance Company’s YES Network, hosted 16 high school students for a day of hands on workshops around city planning. Students participated in workshops related to landscape architecture, transportation systems, water systems, building codes, community development and had an opportunity to try and design their own city. The event ran an entire day (8:00 am to 5:00 pm). Students were then invited to sit in on a Regina City Council Meeting. The participating students were recruited through the Regina YES Network. They ranged from grade 10 students to grade 12 students and represented five Regina high schools.

The day was organized in conjunction with World Town Planning Day. It aimed to provide youth with a unique and experiential learning opportunity into how a city is designed and developed. Students gained knowledge about sustainable city planning, they learned how youth can be involved at the municipal level and they found out about possible career paths. Through some role playing exercises related to community planning and development, students also were given the opportunity to develop skills in relation to collaboration in a multi stake holder setting.

The day was an immense success. Students described the day as “educational”, “valuable” and “exciting”. They said they took away from the day ideas such as “an appreciation of city planning”, “new ways to define urban sustainability”, “new ideas on how we can personally affect change” and “the importance of working together.” The hope is to run the day again in 2011 in November for World Town Planning Day.

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

November 8th, 2010

The event ran an entire day (8:00 am to 5:00 pm)

The hope is to run the day again in 2011 in November for World Town Planning Day.

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

The City of Regina, in collaboration with Co-operators Life Insurance Company’s YES Network, hosted 16 high school students for a day of hands on workshops around city planning. Students participated in workshops related to landscape architecture, transportation systems, water systems, building codes, community development and had an opportunity to try and design their own city. 

The participating students were recruited through the Regina YES Network. They ranged from grade 10 students to grade 12 students and represented five Regina high schools.

It aimed to provide youth with a unique and experiential learning opportunity into how a city is designed and developed.

The City of Regina’s Town Planning Day built capacity for sustainable development by providing a transformational learning opportunity to youth by connecting students directly to the processes that develop and maintain an urban municipality. In a time when civic engagement is on the decline, research has shown that if you can connect people at a young age, they are more likely to remain engaged as they grow older. Instead of just learning basic concepts in a removed environment, such as the classroom, we brought youth in direct contact with the people and processes that are responsible for the planning of our cities and the impact that has its citizens.

Students participated in presentations and hands on workshops throughout the day to learn and demonstrate knowledge gained. Students were introduced to a range of topics related to city planning, from water systems to transportation needs to community development. They learned about how cities are dependent on systems internal and external to an urban setting. One example from the day was demonstrated during the water systems workshop. Some students were shocked to learn where the water in their tap comes from and what happens to after it is used and discarded. It really drove home the point that we are part of a much larger system and that we must be responsible of how we manage and care for our part.

Another great ‘aha’ moment of the day took place during an afternoon walking tour of the downtown core. Students began to understand the amount of thought and planning that goes into something as simple as a sidewalk. They learned about the importance of public spaces and how the community interacts with that space. The ability for a city to facilitate community development and interaction is important to our social sustainability.

In addition to the important knowledge and understanding gained, students simultaneously had the opportunity to develop leadership skills. Through a couple role playing scenarios related to community development and multi stakeholder planning, students learned about collaboration and conflict resolution. Opportunities such as these help youth build their capacity to be the future leaders of our community.

What level of education does this project address?: 
High school
How did you find out about this survey?: 

Data from 2011 Recognition Event