News and Events

Topic: ‘Planning and Design Centre’

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Switch: Open Street Sundays

The Sustainable Transportation Task Force continues to advance the Switch: Open Street Sundays project. Switch will be a regular “Ciclovia” type event adapted for Halifax.

The Switch presentation is available to download [PDF, 1.9MB]. We encourage you to help us build awareness of and support for the project by sharing the presentation with your friends, family and colleagues. If you are interested in speaker’s notes to assist you in delivering the presentation, please contact us at: 902.494.3678 or 902.494.8494.

Download the Switch hand-out [PDF, 1.2MB].

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Follow SWITCHHFX on Twitter

For more information about the Sustainable Transportation Task Force, or to download notes from previous Task Force meetings, please see the November 2, 2010 News posting (below) about the launch of the Task Force.

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

It’s More Than Buses Session 1 a success!

Thank you to everyone who supported and participated in It’s More Than Buses Session 1!
If you were not able to attend the first session you can watch all three panellist’s presentations and closing remarks at Thank you to for live streaming the event!
We also provided extensive live coverage of the first session on Facebook and Twitter: @morethanbuses

Please stay tuned for more information about Session 2: DESIGN the network - Tuesday, July 19th from 6 to 8pm at the World Trade and Convention Centre.

Download Jarrett Walker’s presentation (session 1 panellist and international public transit network designer) [PDF, 1MB]
Download a summary of the ideas put forward by participants at Session 1  [PDF, 900KB]
Download the draft Guiding Principles from Session 1 [PDF, 350KB]

It’s More Than Buses is based on the premise that a clear direction for the future of the municipality’s public transit system needs to be championed by the citizens who rely on Halifax’s transportation system to meet their daily mobility needs, whether it’s travel to work, school, health care, shopping, recreation or entertainment.

Monday, June 20th, 2011

It’s More Than Buses

Transit is about access, mobility and a better city!
Join the conversation about the future of public transportation in Halifax.

Help shape your city through a series of public sessions:

1. Explore the options - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 from 6-8pm
2. Design the network - Tuesday, July 19, 2011 from 6-8pm
3. Mobilize public support! - Wednesday, Sept 7th, 2011 from 6-8pm

Venue for all three sessions: World Trade and Convention Centre, 1800 Argyle Street, Halifax

Download the It’s More Than Buses Poster [PDF, 600KB]
Download the bios of the Session 1 panelists [PDF, 800KB]

The Planning & Design Centre’s (PDC) Sustainable Transportation Task Force, in partnership with FUSION Halifax, is working at the grass roots level to advance our region’s shift toward a more sustainable transportation system. It’s More Than Buses features three public forums designed to engage citizens in objectively exploring how to improve HRM’s public transportation system. Experts from across the country will weigh in on the topic. Each session will be part panel presentations and part breakout groups, inviting the public to take inspiration from the panelists and contribute their own ideas. The three sessions will be iterative in the sense that ideas from the first session will inform the content of the second and third sessions. This series is unique in that we are seeking both the urban and suburban perspective on this issue.

Thank you to the Downtown Halifax Business Commission and the many individuals who have contributed their support to this event.

Follow It’s More Than Buses at:

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Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Seek newsletter issue 004 now available

CEU’s sister organization the Planning and Design Centre (PDC) has published the fourth issue of SEEK, a free newsletter featuring current planning and design projects, developments and upcoming events across the Halifax Region. This issue focuses on new development in the downtown and features a full-colour fold-out map highlighting projects that are proposed, approved and currently under construction. The issue includes an article exploring the potential municipal tax yields of the projects identified on the map.

Download Issue 004 of SEEK

We are continuing to distribute printed copies of SEEK to various locations around the city. If you are interested in picking up a printed copy, please contact the Cities & Environment Unit at: 902.494.3678.

For more information about the PDC and to download previous issues of SEEK, please visit:

The PDC thanks the Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) and the Spring Garden Area Business Association (SGABA) for their contributions to content for issue 004, with special thanks to DHBC for funding printing of the issue.

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Sustainable Transportation Task Force Launched

The Planning and Design Centre (sister organization to the Cities & Environment Unit) launched the Sustainable Transportation Task Force in July 2010. The Task Force is an independent body formed to engage the public and other stakeholders in the development of a long-term Sustainable Transportation Strategy and identify immediate and long-term actions required to implement the Strategy. The formation of the Task Force responds to a growing interest in enabling a shift toward a more sustainable transportation system for the Halifax region.

The Task Force has met regularly since July and has recently formed a working group to develop a demonstration project idea: a “Ciclovia” type event adapted for Halifax. For more information about the Bogotá, Columbia Ciclovia event, check out:

The Planning and Design Centre is currently inviting individuals to join the Task Force - new participants are always welcome!

Next Task Force Meeting
The Task Force is currently meeting the third Wednesday of every month, from 12:00 to 1:30pm at the Cities & Environment Unit offices: 5257 Morris Street.

Next Ciclovia Working Group Meeting
The Working Group is currently meeting the first Wednesday of every month, from 12:00 to 1:30pm at the Cities & Environment Unit offices: 5257 Morris Street.

For more information about the Planning and Design Centre, please visit:

Download the one-page description of the Task Force:

Download the notes from past Task Force meetings:

Download the notes from past Working Group meetings:




Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Planning and Design Centre Movie Night “My Architect” - July 23rd, 7:00 P.M.

Tonight (Thursday, July 23rd), the Planning and Design Centre (PDC) will be hosting a movie night and panel discussion at the Ralph M. Medjuk Building (Dalhousie Architecture and Planning) at 5410 Spring Garden Road. The film is My Architect, a documentary about modernist architect Louis Kahn’s architecture, and his son’s journey to connect with his father’s legacy.

The evening will begin with a panel discussion at 7:00 P.M. Professor Steven Mannell and HRM Heritage Planner Bill Plaskett will speak for 30 minutes about the film, modernist architecture, and heritage planning in Halifax. The film will follow the panel discussion.

Admission (including popcorn) is free, and donations to the Planning and Design Centre are welcome. We look forward to a great turnout and to a lively discussion.

Download the movie night poster here.

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