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RU Planning Expo 2016

An entire weekend centred around planning

RAPS is excited to announce the 2016 RU Planning Expo. Join us for informative sessions, panels, networking, and more.

The RU Planning Expo is a two-day exhibition, packed full of opportunities for you to develop and advance your planning career. This year, the expo features keynote speakers and panelists that range from Former Chief Planners to Students, and Accessibility Advocates, to Architects.

Ryerson University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning Student Association is excited to

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To Watch: The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

This highly influential film in architecture and planning circles by William H. Whyte analyzes the success and failures of urban spaces. Observing the natural order of spaces and the way people move through them, Whyte provides an intuitive critique of urban spaces and ways these spaces can be improved.

(Source: Luke Keller, IMDB)

TO WATCH: “The Human Scale”

The human scale questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the center of our equations.
For 40 years the Danish architect Jan Gehl has systematically studied human behavior in cities. His starting point was an interest in people, more than buildings – in what he called Life Between Buildings. What made it exist? When was it destroyed? How could it be brought back? This lead to studies of how human beings use the streets, how they walk, see, rest, meet, interact etc. Jan Gehl also uses statistics, but the questions he asks are different. For instance: How many people pass this street throughout a 24 hour period? How many percent of those are pedestrians? How many are driving cars or bikes? How much of the street space are the various groups allowed to use? Is this street performing well for all its users?
Jan Gehl made his first studies in Italy and later he inspired the planning of Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, for 40 years. His ideas inspired the creation of walking streets, the building and improvements of bike paths and the reorganization of parks, squares and other public spaces throughout this city and in many other cities in the Nordic region. Around the world cities like Melbourne, Dhaka, New York, Chongqing and Christchurch are now also being inspired by Gehl’s work and by the developments in Copenhagen.”
(Source: http://thehumanscale.dk, 2015.)