We just wrapped up our first conference and luncheon of the season – Building a Smart, Livable Winnipeg for the 21st Century morning conference, and Livable Cities for the 21st Century luncheon – which took place on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at The Fort Garry Hotel to sold-out crowds of more than 600 people.
#WCCLivableCities ‘Building a Smart, Livable Winnipeg for the 21st Century morning conference built incredible momentum for Winnipeg’s future. The conference featured a panel discussion and eight keynote speakers, including former Winnipeg Mayor, Glen Murray.
#WCCLivableCities luncheon ‘Livable Cities for the 21st Century’ featured world-renowned architect, Jan Gehl of Gehl Architects, who hooked the crowd with his relatable perspectives on similar cities and world-renowned projects including New York’s Times Square; Moscow, Russia; Sydney, Australia; and more .
The conference and luncheon was a truly inspiring day for attendees – one that sparked change and showed the benefits of putting people first when it comes to city planning.
3 KEY TAKE-AWAYS FROM #WCCLIVABLECITIES:
- Build cities for people, not for buildings and cars.
- Building high-density neighbourhoods creates healthy, vibrant, affordable and sustainable cities.
- Winnipeg needs to have a city planning strategy – one that encourages physical activity and prioritizes sustainability.
E.g. Jan Gehl shared Coppenhagen’s strategy: “Come out of your house. Leave your screens behind. Walk the streets. Meet people. Communicate directly. Walk. Be safe. Enjoy.”
Competition, Innovation, and Collaboration
with Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development