Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) announced today that Andreas Røhl, an Associate with Gehl Copenhagen, will be speaking on the topic of designing urban transportation to create livable cities at the 15th Annual Carmichael Lecture taking place on Thursday, March 2, in the Schooner Room at the Casino Nova Scotia, 1983 Upper Water Street, 6:00-8:00 pm. The lecture is presented by DHBC in partnership with the Dalhousie University School of Planning. The Carmichael Lecture is also free and open to the public on a first-come, first served basis.
Last year, world renowned urbanist, Jan Gehl, received an honourary degree from Dalhousie University and had the opportunity to spend time exploring Downtown. He recommended that Halifax should give strong consideration to learning more about how vital transportation systems are to a city’s and a downtown’s vitality. This has been evident in some of the cities Gehl has advised, such as Copenhagen and Melbourne.
“We are happy to continue that conversation, with Jan’s associate, Andreas Røhl, who is a specialist in this field,” said Paul MacKinnon, Executive Director of DHBC. “He can lend a critical eye to the changes that are happening in our downtown, as well as with Centre Plan and Integrated Mobility Plan.”
About Andreas Røhl:
Andreas Røhl works with Jan Gehl and associates based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Andreas has broad experience creating efficient urban transport systems, with a focus on transport as a means to create livable cities. He has worked at both national and city levels and has acted as advisor for cities such as Vancouver, Vienna, and Berlin. His seven-year position as director of the Bicycle Programme at the City of Copenhagen, has provided Andreas with unique insights into delivering on high profile political agendas, as well as promoting cycling in urban areas via both hard and soft infrastructure.
About The Carmichael Lecture:
The Carmichael Lecture was created to honour Downtown Halifax Business Commission’s former Executive Director, Kate Carmichael, and her passion for urban revitalization. Invited lecturers speak on topics designed to inform and educate on key issues that create a thriving downtown. DHBC represents over 1,600 businesses located in the central business district of Halifax, Nova Scotia. DHBC strives to make Downtown Halifax a better place to live, work, and play by: improving business conditions; promoting economic development; supporting members’ common business interests; and fostering a positive image of the Downtown area.
About the Dalhousie School of Planning Conference, Shift17 – Innovating Transit in Nova Scotia:
On March 2-4, students at Dalhousie University's School of Planning will present Shift17, a free, annual conference. Through a mix of speakers, panel discussions and workshops, this year’s conference will explore innovation and inspire real, local change. Imagine a Nova Scotia where public transit is the best option for everyone. What do we need to do to get there?