Lunch Time Lectures
Hosted by Mayor Lisa Helps and City Manager Jason Johnson
This lunch time lecture series explores city-making in the 21st century. What does Victoria look like in 30 to 40 years? How do we get there? Lunch Time Lectures at City Hall will provide doses of inspiration from near and far and will examine how, together, city hall, residents and businesses can seize the opportunities and challenges of being a leading-edge city in the 21st century.
All lectures run from noon to 1 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
Click here for past lectures, as well as presentations and videos where available.
- Monday, September 11 - Urban Revitalization Through Child-Centered Design, with Diana Studer
Diana is a RAIC Syllabus Architecture Student and Technologist at HDR|CEI Architecture in Victoria. Her final diploma project is focused on how we can better our communities by engaging children in the design and decision making process. Traveling to Copenhagen, Portland and Vancouver, Diana's project is rooted in her research in pedagogy and the UN Convention on the Right of the Child. She will present some of her work as well as lessons learned from facilitating a design charrette on Centennial Square with a group of local children.
- Monday, October 2 - TBA
- Monday, November 6 - Healthy and Inclusive City Building, with Todd Litman
This presentation will explore why and how Victoria can become a more inclusive and healthy city by ensuring that everybody, including people with low incomes and disabilities, can find suitable housing in a walkable urban neighborhood. Todd will examine demographic and economic trends that are changing housing and travel demands, myths and barriers to affordable housing and transportation development, and ways to overcome those barriers. Join us to hear about successful examples of healthy and affordable policies in other cities.
Todd Litman is founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transport problems. His work helps expand the range of impacts and options considered in transportation decision-making, improve evaluation methods, and make specialized technical concepts accessible to a larger audience. His research is used worldwide in transport planning and policy analysis.
- Monday, December 4 - Speaking our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation with Monique Gray Smith
This will be an engaging and inspiring talk in which author Monique Gray Smith will share her own journey and her families continued journey of reconciliation. She will share how these journeys have influenced her writing, specifically the three books that come out in Fall 2017. Monique will provide a couple short readings from one of the new books.
Monique Gray Smith is an award winning author, international speaker and sought after consultant. She is well known for her storytelling, her spirit of generosity, and her ability to fill a room with love. Open your heart and mind and allow her words to transport you to another world.
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