Dr. Veronika Mogyorody guest speaker

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University of Windsor
General Arts and Social Sciences
Justin A.Langlois

Dr. Veronika Mogyorody • A graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture • Received her PhD in Urban and Environmental Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY) • A trained architect and urban designer • An Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Windsor • Dedicated to the heritage of modern architecture • Has been a member of the Windsor Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee, Community and the Urban Design Task Force for the City of Windsor • Also the past President of the Art Gallery of Windsor • Has been a strong promoter of arts and culture in downtown redevelopment • One of the founding members of the Conference for Social Research in Organic Agriculture and the First Year Design Team for “Ways of Knowing” • Principles: 1. Every human being is creative 2. Encourage Entrepreneurship across the Board 3. Expand innovation 4. A social agenda for Creativity 5. Restructure education for Creativity 6. The university as creative hub 7. Make every community a creative community 8. Leverage the local 9. Recommit to openness and diversity 10.A global agenda • Place: you can’t go somewhere else and experience the same thing • TURN SPACES INTO PLACES Life in Urban Centres What is a community? • It is where individuals: live, connect, are responsible • Community = a place, common interests, and develop relationships (which helps community function) • It is where we take responsible, have to be engaged and involved • When we sell cities, we show how grand they are and their population, never the street views and landmarks Mercer’s Quality of Living Factors for Cities • Schools & Education • Political & Social Environment  internal stability, crime, law enforcement, relationship with other countries, ease of entry and exit • Public Services & Transport  electricity, water availability, telephone, mail, public transport, traffic congestion, airport • Recreation  theatrical & musical performances, cinemas, sport & leisure activities, variety of restaurants • Housing  household appliances & furniture, maintenance & repair • Consumer Goods  meat & fish, fruits and vegetables, daily consumption items, alcoholic beverages, automobiles • Medical & health considerations  hospital services, medical supplies, infectious diseases, water portability, sewages, waste removal, air pollution, troublesome/destructive animals and insects • Natural environment  climate, record of natural disasters • Socio-Cultural Environment • Economy Top 5 Cities worldwide Ranking • Vancouver, Canada (tied 4th) Top 5 Cities by Region • Vancouver (4) • Ottawa (14) • Toronto (16) What makes community function and liveable? • Human capital 
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