Better City LAB

October 20-23, 2010

Day 4: Public Space

When & Where

Saturday, October 23
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
12:00 to 14:30

Public Public spaces range from parks to sidewalks, from the steps of the library to the harbour's boardwalk. But public spaces can also be informal. They can be sites of opportunity — sites that await development someday, but today sit vacant or perhaps house a few cars for a few hours a day. These spaces in between...  what could they be? What can we imagine as other interim uses to benefit our community, culture & economy? What social, cultural and creative voids in our community might be filled by utilizing these physical voids in our landscape? 

We encourage everyone to come to this event - especially people who already do or want to take an active role in public art or public place-making in the city.

Part 01. A Tour of Possibilitiess

On a brief walking tour co-hosted by Spacing Atlantic and in conjunction with the global Jane's Walk community, we will visit sites of possibility in our downtown. Brainstorming and creative mapping activities will happen at each site to generate ideas for the future, to dream of possibilities.

Part 02. Workshops = Conversation + Collaborate = Path Forward

a) Public Art in the City
Local artists David Clark, Kim Morgan and Leola Le Blanc will lead this workshop to help develop a piece of public art for Halifax about the "dream city" using digital and locative media.   

b) People & Public Space in the City
Feeding off of the 'Tour of Possibilities' let's get down to the city-gritty about what's possible in Halifax. What can passionate people do to make our ideas for vacant public spaces happen in the city?

Two quick examples "from away":

- The Toronto Public Space Committee is a volunteer-run organization created by citizens in 2001 - their work has brought a voice to represent Toronto's streets, sidewalks, parks and alleyways. Initiatives such as Spacing Magazine launched from this Committee. 

- City Repair in Portland, Oregon educates and inspires people to creatively transform the places they live.

So, those are things happening in other cities. Let's imagine what a group of dedicated, positive, idea-generating people could do here!

Vision for Public Space in the City

Insights & learnings from these activities will inform a community vision for public space in the city... and who knows what else!


“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”
– Jane Jacobs, ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’


An Evening with Dune Lankard
Why Conservation Based Economies are the Future

7:00 p.m at Ondaatje Auditorium, Halifax, NS
Meet and Greet to follow in the Lobby
Tickets available at

A co-presentation of the Autopoetic Ideas Festival and Atlantic Ground Control

Dune will be exploring the following topics:
Why conservation based economies are the future.
Lessons and unresolved long-term impacts of the Exxon Valdez disaster.
Teaching of effective models of change to empower people to positively influence their local economy, protect endangered homelands and provide real solutions for energy and pollution challenges.

Join us for an informative and inspirational evening as we explore some of the environmental issues and solutions facing Nova Scotia today. The evening includes special presentations by local speakers Mark Butler, Policy Director at EAC and Pam Cooley, Owner and President of CarShare Hfx.

In-vision Ground Control and the Autopoetic Ideas Festival wish to recognize the kind support of our sponsors: Nova Scotia Aboriginal Affairs, Naturally Nova Scotia, Ascenta, The Coast, The Prince George Hotel, CarShare HFX , Oceanstone Inn & Cottages, Bullfrog Power,, The HUB, 4 Days