NIMBYism & Affordable Housing

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
Champlain Room, Ottawa City Hall | 7pm

Marni Cappe, President of CIP, Housing and Policy Analyst
Sean Gadon, Affordable Housing Office, City of Toronto
Jo-Anne Poirier, CEO, Ottawa Community Housing

NIMBY noun \nim-b?\ (acronym: not-in-my-backyard ) opposition to the locating of something considered undesirable in one’s neighbourhood

Affordable housing is often viewed as being unwanted in communities, in many cases due to the perception that it will alter the neighbourhood’s social makeup, that it will generate traffic, or have incompatible built form. What are the challenges in overcoming these perceptions? What is affordable housing? Who lives there anyway? What does “affordable” housing look like? Join us as three renowned speakers discuss the challenges and shared experiences they have in promoting affordable housing.

This lecture received financial assistance from Affordability and Choice Today (ACT), a housing regulatory reform initiative of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (administrator), Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (funder), the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, and the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association.

Urban Forum thanks their 2010-2011 Season Sponsors:
Golder Associates, City of Ottawa, Ottawa Citizen, Ontario Professional Planner Institute, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada | Architecture Canada, Ottawa Regional Society of Architects and the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Alex MacLean: In Search of a Successful Urbanism

Alex MacLean is an award winning photographer, pilot, Harvard-trained architect, the author of 5 books and co-author of 4 others. Through his stunning aerial photography, Mr. MacLean will provide a one-of-a-kind vantage point on land-use, settlement and urbanism across North America, and discuss how certain factors such as “proximity” are becoming more important than ever for understanding successful urbanism.