2020 Friends of Planning Fall Social Feature Speaker – Jay Pitter

Jay Pitter presents Safe in the City: Unpacking the complex environmental and social dimensions of urban safety

On October 1, 2020, the Planning Alumni Committee and the Department of Geography & Planning hosted our first-ever virtual Friends of Planning Social, continuing our tradition of providing a platform to highlight a pivotal planning topic. We were delighted to have Jay Pitter provide a keynote address entitled Safe in the City: Unpacking the complex environmental and social dimensions of urban safety.

Please note the keynote begins at the 16 minute mark of the recording.

More about our keynote speaker

Jay Pitter, MES, is an award-winning placemaker whose practice mitigates growing divides in cities across North America. She spearheads institutional city-building projects specializing in public space design and policy, forgotten densities, mobility equity, gender-responsive design, inclusive public engagement and healing fraught sites. What distinguishes Jay is her multidisciplinary approach, located at the nexus of urban design and social equity, which translates community insights and aspirations into the built environment. Ms. Pitter also makes significant contributions to urbanism theory and discourse. She has developed an equitable planning certificate course with the University of Detroit Mercy ’s School of Architecture and taught a graduate level urban planning course at Ryerson University, among others. Jay also delivers keynote addresses for entities such as the United Nations Women and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is the co-editor of Subdivided: City-Building in an Age of Hyper-Diversity, and her forthcoming books, Black Public Joy and Where We Live, will be published by McClelland & Stewart, Penguin Random House Canada in 2021. Ms. Pitter was the 2019-2020 John Bousfield Distinguished Visitor in Planning at the University of Toronto.