Forum Lecture: Demographic Re-Assembly

Forum Lecture: Demographic Re-Assembly

Categories: Lectures and Seminars, Virtual | Intended for

Monday, September 20, 2021

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Add to calendar

Location Details

Virtual (Zoom)

Contact Information

Maria Cook, 613-520-2600 ext. 6022,



About this Event

Host Organization: Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism

Forum Lecture: Demographic Re-Assembly

Over six lectures, our acclaimed speakers will examine the notion of re-assembly from several vantage points, framed relative to public spaces, social institutions, and places of domesticity. They will take into consideration larger demographic changes, economic influences, and climate imperatives, explaining trends across both large and small communities.

Along the way, we will hear of reconceived approaches to practice, incorporating new team structures and theoretical frameworks while utilizing novel fabrication techniques. Speakers, including Carleton alumni and three recipients of the 2020 Governor General’s Awards in Architecture, will share their intersectional understandings of the challenges facing society and our opportunities for alliances in addressing them.


  • Dr. Nik Luka, Associate Professor, McGill University
  • Dr. Valerie Preston, Professor, York University
  • Respondent: Ottawa City Councillor Jeff Leiper

The discussion will focus on Ottawa as a case study for how cities are responding to demographic shifts and the forces behind them, such as housing supply and affordability, government immigration and refugee policies, and others.

Background on topic

Canada relies significantly on immigration for its growth, a process that, in turn, offers a rich sense of diversity and demographic variance to our communities. As our country advances culturally and economically through new immigration, large and small communities alike are becoming increasingly diverse and heterogeneous, transforming our previous understandings of national identity and multiculturalism. This takes place at a time of growing numbers of retirees and migration away from the downtown cores of cities.

How, then, has our demographic re-assembly influenced urbanization patterns, intensification schemes, and the provision of public amenities? In the face of temporarily reduced immigration numbers and the flight to suburbia driven by COVID-19, what demographic-driven development patterns are emerging across Canada?

Each speaker is invited to respond to the session’s theme and prompts through a 30-minute visual presentation, including specific examples from their work. After both presentations, the panel will switch to an open discussion moderated by a Carleton faculty member and joined by Ottawa City Councillor Jeff Leiper. Followed by audience Q&A.