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Healthy Cities Series

Video from Panel Discussion: Our Built Environment

“What defines a healthy city?”

Join the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for a series of expert panels to explore the many factors – from nature and housing to climate and art – that make a healthy city.

Event Synopsis

What is the contribution of the built environment to a healthy city and conversely, to the rise of an unhealthy city?  The panelists — with backgrounds in Indigenous public education, architectural history and theory, architecture, and sustainable heritage conservation — will collectively address the question of what exactly a healthy city looks, sounds and feels like.

For example:

• How do Indigenous perspectives help us understand how to see the city, including how safe it is, and how to engage with it in healthy activities like walking outdoors?

• How do communities benefit from and contribute to the city’s architecture in space and time? How can we help elevate public aspirations for the city?

• What are the legacies of public health planning for cities, including urban water supply landscapes, parks, cemeteries, and hospitals?

• What is the role of the architect, of humanities training for architects, and of different forms of collaboration in making healthy decisions for cities?

These questions will be addressed from a transnational perspective, with some talks concentrating on Ottawa and others on different cities.

Moderator and Panelist Bios:

Professor Malini Guha (moderator) is an Associate Professor of Film Studies at Carleton University. She is cross-appointed with the Institute for Studies in Art and Culture and is affiliated with Migration and Diaspora Studies. Guha’s research and teaching are broadly concerned with spatiality and the cinema, with an emphasis on postcolonial and post-imperial modes of mobility, migration, displacement and settlement.

Jaime Morse is Michif from northern Alberta, growing up in Lac La Biche and the surrounding area. Currently, Jaime works as an Educator at the National Gallery of Canada in Indigenous Programs and Outreach. As a visual artist and dance group manager, Jaime is also an active part of Michif cultural heritage through creative avenues. Similarly, she is the mother of four and an entrepreneur as the Owner of Indigenous Walks, a walk and talk tour through downtown Ottawa exploring social, political and cultural issues from an Indigenous perspective. Jaime currently acts as the VP for Ottawa Heritage Connexions and as a board member for the Distress Centre of Ottawa Region and has been on more parent advisory councils than she can count!

Professor Susan Ross is an architect licensed in Quebec who has practiced in Montreal and Berlin, a former senior conservation architect in the Canadian government, and now associate professor at the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University, with cross appointment to the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism. Susan teaches about sustainable heritage conservation and the historic urban landscape, and her published research includes urban water supply landscapes in Montreal, conservation of modern wood heritage in Vancouver, and 1930s apartment buildings in Ottawa. Her current focus examining the relationship between heritage and waste is documented on Waste Heritage Research. Active in local, national and international heritage organizations,  Susan is co-chair of the National Roundtable on Heritage Education, and a member of the College of Fellows of the Association for Preservation Technology.

Professor Peter Coffman is the supervisor of Carleton’s History and Theory of Architecture program, and Past President of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada. His main area of research is Canadian historical architecture, particularly in Atlantic Canada. His architectural commentary appears periodically in Newspapers, on radio and on TV, and his architectural photography has illustrated many publications in addition to his own.

Professor Gül Kale is an Assistant Professor of Architectural History and Theory. She is trained as an architect and architectural historian. She received her Ph.D. (2014) and M.Arch II degree from the Architectural History and Theory Program at McGill University, Canada and has B.Arch and M.Arch degrees from the Istanbul Technical University. She has been awarded the prestigious Getty/ ACLS postdoctoral fellowship in Art History in 2018-2019 and was an AKPIA associate at Harvard University during Winter 2019. She was also granted postdoctoral fellowships from the University of Bonn’s Annmarie-Schimmel Kolleg and the Art Histories Program of the Forum Transregionale Studien Berlin. Her specialities are architectural history and theory with a focus on the early modern Ottoman empire and global intellectual histories and theories of design and of the built environment in the wider Mediterranean world. Her book-length project is the first sustained and critical analysis of “A Book on Architecture,” written by a scholar on Ottoman architecture and on the life of an Ottoman chief architect. Her articles and works in progress range from the relationship between architectural practice, mathematical knowledge, and social affairs to the varying definitions and uses of geometry in architecture, and from the social, material, and intellectual histories of inlaid artwork, to the relation between music, architecture, and poetry.

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