A diverse panel of local and international scholars, experts, and advocates are joining UBC Urban Studies scholars on Feb. 13 at the Rotary Centre to investigate alternative urban futures in Kelowna, the Okanagan, and beyond.
Alternative Urban Futures is a public forum that kicks off with presentations by members of the Okanagan Nation Alliance and four distinguished Nordic scholars before turning to various local representatives. These “respondents” are from the City of Kelowna, Food Not Bombs, Kelowna Cycling Coalition, Ki-Low-Na Friendship Centre, RAMA (Migrant Workers Justice Network), and UBC scholars from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. An audience Q&A follows.
Nordic countries are widely recognized as world leaders in sustainable urban practices, so four scholars were invited to share their expertise and experiential learning in Northern Europe:
- Anders Lund Hansen, Lund University, Sweden: Alternative Urbanisms
- Edward Huijbens, Icelandic Tourism Research Centre, Iceland: Tourism & Climate Change
- Henrik Gutzon Larsen, Lund University, Sweden: Gentrification and Housing
- Malene Freudendal-Pedersen, Roskilde University, Denmark: Bicycle Transportation
The Alternative Urban Futures forum is Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Mary Irwin Theatre (Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna). Free registration at urbanfutures.eventbrite.ca.
The event is co-sponsored by: UBC Invited International Distinguished Visitor’s Fund; Okanagan Sustainability Institute, UBC; Community, Culture & Global Studies, UBC; Urban Studies Program, UBC; and the City of Kelowna.