Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Transition Prince Rupert to host grass roots involvement conference in January

Members of Transition Prince Rupert are putting some final touches on a conference in January that will offer up some interesting ideas for retrofitting neighbourhoods through grassroots involvement.

The three day conference from January 8 - 10,  is designed to help create a sense of living in a village in the city. And the workshops are noted on the Transition Prince Rupert Facebook page as one of the steps in the Rebuild Prince Rupert and 2030 Sustainable Plan.

The City of Prince Rupert's plans for the McKay Street ball field will be one of the featured topics for discussion and with Mayor Lee Brain a former member of the Board for Transition Prince Rupert, the participants should receive a fairly in depth review of just what the project might look like when the land is turned over to Transition Prince Rupert.

One of the major components of the three day conference is a workshop led by Mark Lakeman, a Portland, Oregon architect and urban designer.

The sessions called Placemaking: Nuts and Bolts to be held at Northwest Community College on Saturday, January 9th, and Sunday January 10th.  

The workshop has two price ranges, a Corporate Rate of $260 and a Public Rate of $160.

As well, Mr. Wakeman will be hosting a Public Talk on Friday January 8th from 7 to 9 PM at the Lester Centre of the Arts, tickets for that event are 15 dollars each.

The theme of the Public Discussion is The Villages Lives: Placemaking and the Remaking of a Modern City

You can learn more about the three day conference here.

Transition Prince Rupert provided a sample of what Mark Wakeman could be bringing to next month's conference posting a Ted Talks video to their website last week. You can review that presentation below:

Among those sponsoring the January conference are the City of Prince Rupert, Northwest Community College, Prince Rupert  Port Authority, Northern Savings, BG Canada, Stuck on Designs and Transition Prince Rupert to name a few.

You can learn more about what Transition Prince Rupert is all about from their website or Facebook page.

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