This Weekend: Jane’s Walk 2018 – dust off those walking shoes!

This Weekend: Jane’s Walk 2018 – dust off those walking shoes!

DIALOG is excited to be participating in the Jane’s Walk Festival again this year. Our staff have been busy planning their walks and will be hitting the sidewalks May 4th, 5th, & 6th.

Every year, DIALOG staff show off their love for their cities through Jane’s Walk. It’s a chance to share our passion for increasing the wellbeing of communities and to connect with other urbanists. Get outside this weekend and check out these walks that are led by DIALOG staff or focus on DIALOG projects.

What is Jane’s Walk? Jane’s Walk is a grassroots organization started by friends and colleagues of Jane Jacobs – a passionate citizen and urbanist. Despite a lack of formal planning training, her thinking on issues such as “eyes on the Street” and “the sidewalk ballet” have made her a darling among city builders. Following Jane’s passing, her friends wanted to continue her legacy and started Jane’s Walk in Toronto. Jane’s Walk has grown to a global phenomenon with participation from more than 200 cities.

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Share the love with DIALOG. Take pictures and share on Twitter and Instagram, making sure to tag your pics with the handles and tags below. If you’re on a DIALOG led walk be sure to tag the walk leader.

DIALOG – Twitter @DIALOG #DIALOG    Instagram @DIALOGdesign #DIALOG

Jane’s Walk – Global: @JanesWalk Toronto: @janeswalkTO Calgary: @CalgFoundation (they’re the organizer) Edmonton: @walkedmonton Vancouver: @JanesWalkVan

Vancouver Walks:

BRICKS AND BREWS: A cycling tour of changing industrial lands

DIALOG Walk leaders: Emily Rennals and Lucas Ozlos-Mongeau
Date/Time/Location: May 6, 2018, 2:30 PM –  Departing from The Salt Building – 85 W 1st Ave

With every Expo, Olympics, and rent increase, Vancouver’s industrial land has taken on a new character. The newest trend? Makerspaces, exposed brick condos, and of course, craft breweries. You may not recognize it, but the above is the Salt Building before it was resurrected as False Creek’s crowd drawer, Craft Brewery.

Lead by Urban Planners and sustainability enthusiasts, Emily and Lucas, this bike tour is part architectural tour, part history lesson, and part general good time. Emily and Lucas will take you through some of the most interesting examples of how industrial land is being repurposed in Vancouver. The tour includes a final stop at East Van Brewery for a pint (or two).

What could be better than welcoming BC spring with a bike ride through Vancouver and drinking beer with a couple of Urban Designers? Click the below to learn more and add the tour to your calendar:

Toronto Walks:

What is a Housing Co-Op?

DIALOG Walk leader: Laura Herbert
Date/Time/Location: May 6, 2018, 2:00 PM –  Parliament Square Park – 44 Parliament Street

This Walk will explore the mixed-income, diverse St. Lawrence Neighbourhood housing cooperatives and will serve as an introduction to the concept of housing cooperatives in Toronto by co-op members.

We will discuss the history, the architecture, the democratic governance, the benefits and challenges of membership, the current status of cooperatives, and their potential in the City’s affordable housing strategy.

We will meet at Parliament Square Park; look for the rainbow umbrella. This Walk will end at Market St. and the Esplanade.

Dogs are welcome!


DOG WALK: Pet-friendly environments downtown

DIALOG Walk leader: Antonio Gomez-Palacio, Gail Shillingford and Alex Kolsteren with James Parakh and Ran Chen from the City of Toronto
Date/Time/Location: May 5, 2018, 2:00 PM –  Roundhouse Park, at the entrance of the Rec Room

It is estimated that for each new high rise residential development in the City of Toronto, there are 4-8 pets in each floor of these buildings. As the pet population in our urban environments increases, it becomes increasingly important to understand the needs of pets, their owners and the needs of non-pet owners.

Come join us in this Walk to see how recent developments have attempted to accommodate these needs and to have a conversation about how to design spaces in new developments that can support this growing trend.

This Walk will start at Roundhouse Park, at the entrance of the Rec Room, and end at Canoe Landing Park at City Place.

Accessibility notes: There will be one stop in which we may enter a building. Pets may not be allowed into the building. There may be uneven terrain, steep slopes, busy sidewalks, stairs, and/or other non-accessible barriers. Dogs and bicycles welcome!

Edmonton Walks:

Exploring the Edmonton Funicular

DIALOG walk leaders: Jill Robertson and Sean Brown
Date/Time/Location: May 4, 3:30pm, meet at the top of the funicular plaza (end of 100 Street, just south of Hotel MacDonald)

Join the design team of Edmonton’s 100 Street Funicular to explore this new connection to our spectacular river valley.

Edmonton Jane’s Walk 2018

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