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May 4, 2017

Fourteen teams of urban, landscape and environmental design students from Ontario and Nova Scotia will celebrate Canada's 150th birthday at the Canada 150 TD Environmental Design Competition on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Hosted by Fanshawe's School of Design, the competition challenges the college and university student teams to articulate their creative perspectives of the Canada 150 themes – inclusion, belonging, reconciliation and connection – in designs for the renewal of public spaces. Several local teams have addressed the redesign of Reginald Cooper Square, north of City Hall in London.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place, along with a people's choice award. Industry adjudicators include:

  • Ken Greenburg, respected Canadian urban designer, consultant and author of Walking Home: the Life and Lessons of a City Builder;
  • Brian Arnott, cultural facility consultant and founding partner, Novita Interpares, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia;
  • Joanne Proft, manager of community planning for the University of British Columbia;
  • Petal Furness, manager of Grey Roots Museum & Archives, Owen Sound;
  • Ron Williams, Montreal-based landscape architect and author of Landscape Architecture in Canada.

Greenberg, an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto and former director of urban design and architecture for the City of Toronto, will also deliver the keynote address, discussing urban design in the context of the Canada 150 themes. Williams, a retired professor and former director of the school of landscape architecture at the Université de Montréal, will address the participants and audience at the closing ceremony.

Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017.
Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Student presentations 10:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; awards presented at 4 p.m.
Location: Alumni Lecture Theatre (room D1060) and James A. Colvin Atrium (B Building), Fanshawe College, London Campus (see campus map for building locations).
Registration: Free for any full-time student. Members of the public can attend at a cost of $35 for the day, including lunch. Register online at

The lead sponsor for the event is TD Bank. London Community Foundation is also a sponsor of the event.

Fanshawe College celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017. Fanshawe is one of Ontario's largest colleges, serving close to half a million students with a promise to educate, engage, empower and excite. For 50 years, Fanshawe has been helping people to unlock their potential and achieve success. The College attracts students from 70 countries every year and opens up a world of possibilities through more than 200 degree, diploma and certificate programs, along with apprenticeship training.

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