Track 7: REGENERATION – COMMUNITY, ECONOMICS, and EQUITABLE PLACES / Volet 7: Régénération – Collectivité, économie et lieux équitables

Low Cost | Big Love: Engaging the Arts in Animating Abandoned Buildings + Building Support for their Re-Use

Friday, October 13
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

(Proposal for Ignite Session):

"New ideas often need old buildings", Jane Jacobs wrote. This dependence is reciprocal, and demands attention. In order for old buildings to survive and be reused, we as a society need to learn to love them: individually and passionately. And love in this context is fostered through contact; not just access, but through thoughtful and unique opportunities to engage with a building’s history.

This Ignite Session explores what can happen between a building’s abandonment and its rebirth, and the opportunities that exist in a building’s period of dormancy that only artists and the cultural community can tap – sparking imagination and engaging memory and in turn inspiring a population of advocates to fight for structure’s preservation. Abandoned buildings, neglected spaces, and outmoded infrastructures, if boarded up and forgotten, are robbed of their potential to serve as artistic muse and host to events and installations that can inspire the public ultimately to fight for their reuse. Artists have the tools to make this happen: cheaply, quickly, and meaningfully, when it really counts.

Learning Objectives:



Megan is an architect and partner at DTAH whose professional development has been influenced by a strong interest in adaptive reuse and the integration of contemporary architecture into historic urban fabric. Her socially-minded, contextually-sensitive portfolio includes numerous adaptive reuse, institutional and housing projects for public and private-sector clients, including the Artscape Wychwood Barns and Evergreen Brick Works projects. Her current work includes the Jury Lands Master Plan for the Municipality of Clarington, the revitalization of Cummer Avenue United Church and the St. Aidans Anglican Church in Toronto, and the design of the entrance pavilion for Tommy Thompson Park. Megan is a frequent guest lecturer and design critic at the University of Waterloo and Ryerson University, and vice-chair of both the City of Vaughan Urban Design Review Panel and the Toronto Society of Architects Executive Board.


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Hanna Bell

Hannah holds an MBA in Innovative Management from UPEI, and has 30 years of varied experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in the UK, Brussels, and Canada. She is currently the Executive Director of the PEI Business Women's Association, owner of consultancy firm ‘The Solution Agency’; a partner in training firm ‘Business Learning Solutions’, and co-owner of ‘The SPOT Charlottetown’, a creative co-workspace and business incubator. Her work focuses on building capacity and influencing change through the power of story telling, practical training and skills development, strategic planning and partnerships, and sustainable project design.

Hannah is a community leader locally and nationally, including representing the province as governor with The National Trust for Canada and as champion for Startup Charlottetown, part of the Startup Canada entrepreneurs network.

Publications include:
“Development and Implementation of a Municipal Strategic Performance Management Framework Utilizing the Balanced Scorecard Methodology” October 2011, UPEI Scholar Press
“Validated entrepreneurial self-assessment instrument: A tool for self-evaluation of business-related knowledge, skills, and personal attributes" The Solution Agency, Charlottetown, PE, 2015
"Helping Women Get on TRACK:Building Resiliency Through a Business Mentoring Program for Women Entrepreneurs in Prince Edward Island", Chapter in "From Black Horses to White Steeds: Building Community Resilience" September 2017, Island Studies Press


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