Transit Urbanism, Gomez-Palacio, and the 30th annual CAPS-ACEAU Conference

Transit Urbanism, Gomez-Palacio, and the 30th annual CAPS-ACEAU Conference

Ryerson University, the University of Toronto, and York University host the 30th Annual Canadian Association of Planning Students’ (CAPS-ACEAU) Conference February 6-8. With the theme of “Transformations”, the tri-campus initiative brings together students and professionals to discuss changes to shared urban experiences, city fabrics, and the planning profession itself. The conference is headlined by several world-renowned urbanists, including DIALOG’s Antonio Gomez-Palacio.

As part of the conference Gomez Palacio presents “Transit Urbanism: Transforming the City Through Transit”. Find a brief descriptor of the presentation as well as some details about Gomez-Palacio’s background below.

Increasingly, cities are investing in transit as a means to transform their communities and deliver on a number of city- building objectives.  Conventional transit goals are expanding to address the promise of liveable communities and environmental improvement, of economic and social development, as well as quality living and public health. This represents a paradigm shift, which I describe as “transit urbanism”. This more rounded vision is fuelled by a growing number of success stories, often in cities that we consider lofty vacation destinations: Lyon, Copenhagen, Melbourne, NY, and so on.  And now, a number of unsuspecting Canadian cities have recognized the potential and are taking the initiative: Mississauga, Edmonton, Calgary, Hamilton, and others. Will they get it right? Can they truly deliver? The answer to these questions will depend on the extent of the commitment and vision of each city.

Ultimately, transit investment only makes sense when coupled with a comprehensive strategy for directing growth and urban structure – and a public realm that supports walking, active transportation, and transit use. The presentation will employ evidence-based analysis and national case studies to illustrate a rational for a renewed approach to delivering transit facilities – one that is geared to address and leverage aspects of quality of life, economic development, and public health.

Antonio will also be speaking on “Local vs Regional Planning” on Feb 7 between 10:15-12:00. Find full CAPS program details here.

Antonio Gomez-Palacio is an award-winning planner and urban designer with ample experience delivering and integrating transit projects within a larger city vision and has lead public revitalization projects for some of Canada’s major cities and institutions. In the last few years, Antonio has worked on a number of LRT corridors, and is currently helping the City of Toronto undertake the public campaign to consult and create awareness on funding tools for transportation projects. Antonio is a founding partner of DIALOG and formerly of Office for Urbanism. He has acted as the Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects, as well as a juror, guest critic, and lecturer for national and international institutions.

Find more information on the conference here and follow the conference on Twitter @CAPSACEAU.

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