In case you missed it, Dr. Larry Beasley joined The OurYXE podcast on Thursday and talked about urban planning, architecture, homelessness, and fixing suburbia. Â It’s a good interview and I learned a lot about how we can make Saskatoon a better place to live and work.
Please join us on Wednesday March 20 at 7 PM at the Roxy Theatre for a free public lecture by Larry Beasley entitled â€˜Sustainable and Healthy New Neighbourhoods: The Fundamental Building Blocks of Tomorrowâ€™s Saskatoon.â€™
After more than thirty years leading initiatives to transform Vancouverâ€™s inner city, its neighbourhoods, and development approvals, Larry Beasley now teaches and advises on urbanism around the world. In his talk Dr. Beasley will argue that the post-war suburban model with its vast streets, single use buildings, strip malls, unaffordable services, and dependency on the car, has to be transformed. He will also argue for an image that existing suburbanites can embrace and are prepared to freely pay for and consume.
Dr. Beasley chairs the â€˜National Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Realtyâ€™ of Ottawaâ€™s National Capital Commission; is on the Board of the Canadian Urban Institute; is Senior Advisor on Urban Design in Dallas, Texas; serves on the International Economic Development Advisory Board of Rotterdam in The Netherlands; and has just completed five years of service as the Special Advisor on City Planning to the government of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. For three years he was the vice-president of a major Canadian development company, Aquilini Development and is now Special Development Advisor to Concord Pacific Developments. Among his recent primary projects, he has completed an award-winning plan for the City of Moscow, Russia.
Dr. Beasley has a masterâ€™s degree in planning and has also studied architecture, geography and political science. He has been awarded two honorary doctorate degrees, is Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners, Honorary Member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, and an â€œAdvocate for Architectureâ€ of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Beasley is a recipient of the Kevin Lynch Prize from MIT, the most prestigious award in American planning. He is a Member of the Order of Canada, Canadaâ€™s highest civilian honour for lifetime achievement, and was recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
A reception will follow, hosted by The Two Twenty.
Larry Beasley is the 2013 University of Saskatchewan Planner in Residence.