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Urbanism at the Convergence of Resiliency and Diversity

The Forum will explore the idea of the Convergence of resiliency and diversity matters shaping the growth of our cities and communities. The 3-day forum will bring experts from the public and private sectors, first nations, and minority groups to the table to discuss how diversity and inclusion (to include affordable housing) converges with the need to address climate change.  Some of the questions being explored include:

  • How we deliver on sustainable, net zero environments while delivering affordable housing? Are they mutually exclusive? Can we bridge the gap?

  • In addressing climate change do we mitigate versus adapt?  What are the implications?


Extraordinary Circumstances 


Canadian cities are at cross-roads — recent extraordinary health emergencies and the resulting social isolation clearly displayed the significance of planning, urban design, transportation, architecture, and place-making as fundamental ingredients for the well-being of our population.

Need for Accelerated Change &

The New Creative Convergence


Out of necessity, “The New Convergence” is occurring as a variety of rapid professional and technological advancements bring urbanists of all types into a new realm of collaboration and creativity.


In the last decade, Calgary became a top-tier world city despite a decade-long, economic struggle. Since the last CANU gathering in Calgary in 2012, the diverse private and public sector urbanists of our city worked diligently to create new policies and standards, while fostering creative relationships and implementing faster approval processes to deliver  the highest design quality for our communities, whether through built form or community plans.


What To Expect of This Forum?


So what to expect from the Calgary 2023 CANU Forum “Convergence”? The Forum will explore the convergence of resiliency, affordability, cultural diversity, and design–all forces shaping the accelerated paradigm shift of our cities and communities.


It will be a 3-day event bringing Canadian urban experts from across the public and private sectors, First Nations and minority groups, all for two full days of engaging presentations, dynamic panel and workshop discussions, and informative walking and bus tours to showcase Calgary’s best community design, architecture, and inspirational place-making.


Day 3 will offer a bus tour highlighting Medicine Hill, one of the latest Calgary neighborhoods developed in collaboration with First Nations, as well as a guided walking tour by our colleagues from the Town of Banff located in the picturesque Canadian Rockies.

Dates & Locations

September 26 - Opening Event   OPEN TO ALL ! 

City Building Design Lab, University of Calgary

  • 616 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2M2

  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Accessible Venue

September 27 - Day 1

DJD Danceworks 

  • 111 12 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0Z9

  • 7:30am - 8:00pm

  • Accessible Venue

September 28 - Day 2

City Building Design Lab, University of Calgary

  • 616 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2M2

  • 8:00am - 4:30pm

  • Accessible Venue

Evening Session: DIALOG Calgary Studio

  • Suite 300, 134-11 Avenue SE Calgary, AB  T2G 0X5

  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm

  • Accessible Venue

September 29 - Day 3 : Bus Tour to Medicine Hill and Banff

Departure at City Hall

  • 8:00am - 4:00pm

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We are thrilled to introduce Wanda Dalla Costa as the speaker for our Forum Opening Session on September 26th which would be   OPEN TO ALL! 

Locations & Accessibility

City Building Design Lab

  • All facilities are on the main floor accessible through the street-level entry.

  • A barrier-free washroom is available adjacent to the Event Hall.


DJD Danceworks

  • The entire facility is wheelchair accessible.

  • Two accessible parking spaces are available on the south side of the building and four designated wheelchair seats are available in the theatre.



  • The building is accessible from 11 Avenue Southeast through the street-level entry.

  • A small personal lift is available inside the building to get up a four-step flight of stairs, and then an elevator is available to access the third-floor space.

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