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CITE Luncheon: 15 Forgotten Gréber Ideas and How They Impacted Ottawa

June 9, 2016 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

On Thursday June 9th, we will be receiving a presentation by Alain Miguelez on 15 Forgotten Gréber Ideas and how they impacted Ottawa.

15 Forgotten Gréber Ideas

The days are long gone when an individual receives a government mandate to produce a plan for an entire city, and then everybody implements it. That is, however, the fascinating story of Ottawa’s Gréber Plan (1950). Alain Miguelez’s new book, “Transforming Ottawa”, is an invitation to explore the City as it was in the late 1930’s and get into the mind of Jacques Gréber as he tackled the job of preparing a blueprint for the city’s future.

From his 1950’s lens, Gréber’s perspective reveals some surprising insights into legacy practices we keep applying today with respect to urban planning, roadway design and even architecture. With 65 years’ worth of distance, Gréber’s Plan deserves a thorough evaluation of what worked and what we wouldn’t do again if we could turn back the clock.

Alain Miguelez

Alain Miguelez is the program manager of Zoning, Intensification and Neighbourhoods with the City of Ottawa’s Planning and Growth Management Department. His team is working on overhauls to the city’s zoning by-law to reflect the new Official Plan and unlock new opportunities for urban development that reflect the city’s growth and aspirations. He also oversees the Neighbourhood Connection Office and the internal, multi-department Intensification Group.

Prior to this, he worked as Program Manager, Development Review for the Inner Urban Area. In that capacity he oversaw the approval of over 30 mid- and high-rise buildings, many of which presented complex urban design challenges.

He has been with the City since 2002, starting in the Research & Forecasting Unit where he worked on long-range population and housing projections, the City’s Residential Land Strategy, and the Annual Development Report.

Before joining the City, he was Senior Market Analyst for Ottawa at CMHC. He started out in planning with McNeely-Tunnock of Orleans and also consulted with Maxgroup Associates of Ottawa.

Alain has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Montreal, but is Ottawa raised.
His writing hobby has thus far produced two books: “A Theatre Near You” (2004), a history of theatres and cinemas in Ottawa-Gatineau, and the brand-new “Transforming Ottawa: Canada’s Capital in the eyes of Jacques Gréber” (2015) which is the topic of today’s presentation.Alain’s new book, “Transforming Ottawa”, will be available for purchase at the luncheon.

Event Details

Thursday June 9, 2016

11:30 AM – Networking
12:00 PM – Lunch and Presentation

Courtyard Restaurant – 21 George Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8W5

$40 for non-members
$35 for general members (use personalized promotional code)

$20 for student and government employee members (use personalized promotional code)
If you have a food sensitivity, please notify cite.ncs.exec@gmail.com prior to the event, or notify the servers at the restaurant as soon as possible.

Ticket sales close Tuesday, June 7th at 12:00 PM.


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Courtyard Restaurant
21 George Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8W5 Canada
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