Realizing the Collaborative City

Hi Everyone,

This is a roundtable discussion that I will be presenting at next week.   The presenters include:

Dr. Catherine Murray (Cultural policy, Simon Fraser University)
Glenn W. Gordon, (Arts, Culture and Film, City of Regina)
Hirsch Greenberg (Justice Studies, University of Regina)
Laura Pfeifer (Urban Ecologist, Citizen)
Campbell Berry (Harvard Development, planner)
Marian Donnelly (Arts activist, Entrepreneur)
Hosted by Marnie Badham (Artist, Researcher)

His is a little blurb about the roundtable:

Concepts like ‘Creative Cities’ and ‘The Collaborative City’ have been built by urban thinkers such as Jane Jacobs, Richard Florida, and Charles Landry.  This approach of valuing local cultural identity and place making also has ‘buy in’ from city planners in major Canadian urban centres of Toronto and Vancouver, and beyond, in American, Australian and European destinations.  Here in Regina, we need to consider how these concepts can translate into local language and design.  City planning and community organizing cannot be a ‘one size fits all’ approach, because cities do not evolve in identical ways.  Each neighbourhood and community develops in response to a variety of elements, some planned and in response to a variety of social and cultural contexts.  The built environment, including open space and infrastructure, as well as government provision of services to its citizens, are elements of the city that we can influence and even dictate.  But how do we know our planning correlates to the needs of our Regina citizens?

A city is a complex and, by nature, a collaborative endeavour of space sharing and place making.  Citizens, services and government reside in close and intimate spaces.  Each city is a unique, organic and democratic entity that must cultivate its own personality and landscape, grown out of the multi-layered realities of our local social fabric.  Local cultural identity, amenities, and community pride can help inform a city’s ‘sense of place’.  It is this ‘sense of place’ that can make a city attractive for newcomers and business development.  This is also the ‘sense of pride’ that can retain existing citizens.  How can we (government, university, artists, citizens and business) each contribute our different perspectives to the collective vision of our city?  How can we move beyond our own self-interest to a new way of collaborative thinking?  How do we leave our silos and try to think out of the box?  How can inter-sectoral partnership approaches answer this call for innovation?  How do we sit at this table together to address complex problems and an exciting future?

I hope you all can make it – the discussion should be quite interesting.  Note: You have to RSVP by Nov 25th (RSVP to

Realizing the Collaborative City

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