News and Events

Topic: ‘Halifax’

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Transforming Halifax: Connecting Immigrants with Planning Policy and Urban Design Learning Exchanges underway

Cities & Environment Unit has begun work on Transforming Halifax: Connecting Immigrants with Planning Policy and Urban Design, an Atlantic Metropolis Centre-sponsored research project.

The overall goal of the project is to understand how newcomers to Halifax can be better engaged in local planning processes, and what positive impacts this involvement could have on Halifax’s neighbourhoods.

After a review of case studies on immigrant engagement in other cities around the world, we are now moving into the next phase of our research: the Learning Exchanges. In each of these sessions, participants (6 per session) will learn about planning in the Canadian context and how to get involved. Participants will be asked to share their experiences of living in Halifax as a newcomer. Our goal is to gain a better understanding of how immigrants might shape the future of their neighbourhoods to better meet the needs of a diverse population.

We will be running two learning exchanges in each of the following areas in Halifax throughout the summer and fall, 2009:

Clayton Park/Fairview
Dates & times: 1) July 9, 2-4pm    2) July 23, 2-4pm
Location: YMCA, Fairview

South/West End
Dates & times: 1) July 16, 2-4pm    2) July 30, 2-4pm
Location: Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women

North End
Dates & times: 1) August 4, 6-8pm    2) August 18, 6-8pm
Location: Halifax North Public Library

Dates & times: 1) August 6, 6-8pm    2) August 20, 6-8pm
Location: Bedford Public Library

*The Downtown Dartmouth Learning Exchange will be rescheduled*

The following Learning Exchanges will be scheduled for the fall, 2009:

Downtown Dartmouth
Date & location TBA

Downtown Halifax
Date & location TBA

Date & location TBA

After the sessions are complete, we will be compiling a report and manual to submit to HRM to help the municipality ensure public engagement strategies are inclusive. We will also be displaying results of the research at a public exhibition at Pier 21.

To get involved or for more information about the project, please send an email to, or call us at: 494-3926.

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Shifting to Sustainable Transportation report is now available

The Shifting to Sustainable Transportation Partnership has released a new report outlining how the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and surrounding commutershed can move to a more sustainable transportation system.

Formed by HRM’s Sustainable Environmental Management Office, Transport 2000 Atlantic, Cities & Environment Unit and Ecology Action Centre, the Partnership released the report in response to major transportation infrastructure investments and a shared recognition that there is an urgency to shift to a more sustainable transportation system. The report directly addresses the need for a comprehensive and long term approach to transportation planning.

The report highlights the outcomes of a one-day intensive workshop in January 2009 that brought together a diversity of professionals, stakeholders and citizens to plan for the future of the region’s transportation system in an integrated and sustainable way.

Workshop participants identified four critical components of a more sustainable transportation network for the region:

  1. Dedicated rights-of-way for transit, high-occupancy vehicles and active transportation
  2. Transportation hubs and terminals as significant places
  3. Land use patterns that are integrated with the transportation system
  4. Local feeder systems serving the transportation hubs

The report calls for the formation of a Sustainable Transportation Task Force that would engage the public in the development of a long-term Sustainable Transportation Strategy and identify immediate and long-term actions required to implement the Strategy. Building on HRM’s Regional Plan, the Strategy would support compact, affordable and sustainable growth for the region.

Download the report:
Shifting to Sustainable Transportation: A Sustainable Transportation Framework for HRM

Contact the Partnership at:

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Winner selected in international public art design competition

The Planning & Design Centre, in partnership with W. M. Fares Group, has completed a two-stage international design competition intended to create a permanent piece of public art in front of a new live/work development called The Trillium, currently under construction in downtown Halifax.

Download the press release announcing the winner!

Thursday, May 28th, 2009


In February, the Planning & Design Centre in partnership with W.M. Fares Group launched a two-stage international public art competition. The goal of the competition is to contribute an original piece of public art to the public realm. The piece of public art will be located in Halifax’s vibrant downtown in front of the new live/work development currently under construction in downtown Halifax, The Trillium.

A winner has been selected by an independent jury and will be announced at the opening reception for the Trillium Public Art Exhibition on May 29. The public exhibition will showcase all of the high quality, creative and imaginative ideas from Stage One and Stage Two of the competition.

When: May 30 to June 7, 2009 from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm Monday to Friday; 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday & Sunday

Where: Exhibition Room, Faculty of Architecture & Planning (5410 Spring Garden Road)

For more information on the competition, please visit:

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Street Signs: Halifax Streets and the Communities They Define

Please join us at Street Signs: Halifax Streets and the Communities They Define for a vibrant and creative dialogue about the future of Barrington Street, one of our city’s most important streets. This event is presented by the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and the Planning & Design Centre. The Planning & Design Centre would also like to thank and acknowledge all of our supporters, collaborators and partners through this event. Please come out to share in the festivities and show your support for creating this important new institution (

Topic:      Barrington Street - The Central Business District
Date:       Thursday, April 2, 2009
Time:       4:00pm - Networking and Refreshments
4:45pm - Panel Discussion
5:30pm - Q&A / Group Discussion

Location: The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street

Moderator: Frank Palermo - Professor, Dalhousie University Faculty of Architecture & Planning

Louie Lawen - Dexel Developments
Andy Lynch - Principal, Lydon Lynch Architects
Suzanne Saul - Attica Furnishings; Chair, Downtown Halifax Business Commission

Please RSVP your attendance to Cynthia LeClair ( You can also contact the Planning & Design Centre directly ( to confirm your spot on the event’s guest list.

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Planning and Design Centre hosts Nocturne event: Cardboard City

Nocturne attendees will use found cardboard and other recycled materials to construct an enormous physical model of downtown Halifax in six hours. Learn more about Nocturne: Art at Night on the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia website. For more information about the Planning and Design Centre, visit

Saturday, October 18, 2008
Ralph M. Medjuck Building
5410 Spring Garden Road
6pm - 12am

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

CEU Works with Residents to establish Family Resource Centre

Cities & Environment Unit is working with a group of Halifax residents in their quest to establish a Family Resource Centre in peninsular Halifax. The group had its first meeting on October 1. If you would like to learn more or become involved please contact CEU or visit the project blog at

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Planning and Design Centre launches new website

The Planning and Design Centre (PDC) is a non-profit store-front operation that makes planning and design visible, open to discussion and acts as a catalyst for innovation. The PDC recently launched an exciting new website. It can be found at

Monday, September 1st, 2008

CEU completes Metropolis study on immigration in HRM

Cities & Environment Unit has recently completed a study titled Meeting Immigrant Housing Needs: Connecting Planning Policy and Urban Design. The project was made possible by a grant from the Atlantic Metropolis Centre. Click here to read the report.

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Big Ideas session

The most recent Big Ideas session was held on June 28 at the Music Room in Halifax. Approximately forty community members attended to hear three bold and unique visions for Halifax presented by the panelists. Questions, comments and lively debate followed the presentations. Click here to view a summary of the session.