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Webinar: Dutch Urban Design - What Can Canadian Cities Adopt?

When it comes to urban design, the Dutch seem to get it right. What can North American cities learn from the Netherlands?
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Webinar: Dutch Urban Design - What Can Canadian Cities Adopt?

Time & Location

21 apr. 2020 10:00 GMT-4

About the Event

When it comes to urban design, the Dutch seem to get it right. Cities in the Netherlands are livable and vibrant.   

Single-family housing is not common and their streets are not designed for the car.   

Canadian cities experience unprecedented growth and a housing shortage at the same time, how can we get it right?   

How could we leave behind the legacy our built environment deserves?   

In this webinar, we will discuss some of the elements that make Dutch cities so successful. We will cover the principles to create livable and dense city centers, think about the implications of the Corona crisis, and discuss what Canadian cities can use.  


  • Tue, Apr 21, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM EST (Toronto time) | 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM CEST (Amsterdam time)  
  • You will receive the webinar link after registration


  • What are some of the main concepts of Dutch urban design?  
  • Case studies and best practices  
  • What can Canadian cities take from these principles?  
  • Questions from participants  


The webinar will be hosted by Naama Blonder, Partner at Smart Density.  

Naama has a bold vision: to change what good development can and should look like; with that in mind, she co-founded Smart Density.  

Naama is a licensed architect and an urban planner, her professional work spans across planning and architecture, and by marrying the two disciplines, she brings a deeper and more realistic understanding of how municipal policies take physical shape.  

Naama will interview Lior Steinberg.  

Lior is an urban planner and co-founder of Humankind, a multidisciplinary collective accelerating the transition towards urban happiness for all. He helps cities to look beyond functionality and to plan urban spaces that make people smile.  

All the projects Lior participates in have one thing in common: they create people-oriented cities. Being a Jane Jacobs’ enthusiast and a fan of great public spaces, he is keen on making cities better with an emphasis on local, innovative interventions. 

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