International Winter Cities Movement

Join us for a presentation and discussion about how South Bend can embrace the culture of a winter city.

Here in South Bend, a good portion of our year is full of colder temperatures and snowy conditions, but much of our design and planning efforts emphasize the warmer weather. Our city becomes more livable if we focus on design, policy, and operational approaches that embrace a year-round, outdoor-friendly mindset. An approach that embraces all seasons benefits public health, increases business activity, attracts visitors, and improves the environment.

Join us for a presentation and discussion about how South Bend can embrace the culture of a winter city. This presentation will be informed by the International Winter Cities Movement, an organization that aims to provide resources for those who design to make northern communities more livable and sustainable. Venues Parks & Arts Executive Director, Aaron Perri will present information from Winter Cities and start a dialog about how South Bend can incorporate various strategies. Much of Aaron’s content will be shaped by his recent trip to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where he engaged with delegates from around the world in the Winter Cities Shakeup Conference (http://www.wintercitiesconference.com/).

Who is this for? Planners, outdoor enthusiasts, architects, designers, event organizers, students, and anyone interested in community development.

Resources:

Winter Cities Institute:
https://wintercities.com/home/about/

Winter Cities Conference:
http://www.wintercitiesconference.com/

Wintermission / 8 80 Cities:
https://www.880cities.org/portfolio_page/wintermission/

City of Edmonton Winter City Design Guidelines:
https://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/documents/PDF/WinterCityDesignGuidelines_draft.pdf

City of Saskatoon Winter City Strategy:
https://www.saskatoon.ca/business-development/planning/wintercityyxe/winter-city-strategy