Professors Fritz Wagner from the Department of Urban Design and Planning and Landscape Architecture and Régent Cabana led a group of students to three Canadian cities from 16 to 23 June 2019: Montréal, Québec City and Ottawa. Students came from different academic disciplines, such as urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture and real estate. Their experience helped them gain a better understanding of economic, political, social, cultural and urban issues within the Canadian context. The class met with a number of professors from University of Montréal, University of Québec in Montréal, Laval University and University of Ottawa; government officials; and other urban experts who gave lectures and walking tours. The course examined similarities and differences between United States and Canadian cities while investigating current urban issues that are confronting communities in French-speaking Québec and Ottawa. Students studied the physical layout of cities, urban design, urban growth, central neighborhood revitalization projects, local governance and historic preservation. Students were required to keep a daily journal and write a comparative paper on a topic related to urban issues encountered in Canada.
Fritz Wagner is a professor in the Department of Urban Design and Planning and affiliated faculty in Canadian Studies. Dr. Wagner is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, member of the American Planning Association and Urban Affairs Association. He has published numerous articles on urban planning and co-edited four volumes on urban revitalization, including Managing Capital Resources for Central City Revitalization (2000) and Community Livability (2012).