Sustainable Homes and Communities

Friday, May 21, 2004, 7:30 PM at the Almonte United Church Social Hall

Speaker: Jane Thompson

Subject: Sustainable Homes and Communities

Architect Jane Thompson is a graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and now operates her own architecture firm in Ottawa. Her first introduction to Mississippi Mills was through her involvement in the historic research, planning and site documentation project for the Victoria Woolen Mill, in Almonte. Also, several years ago, she presented a lecture to the Almonte Chamber of Commerce on alternatives to typical suburban housing developments.

During her fifteen years of architectural practice, Jane has become increasingly interested in environmentally sustainable building and community design. Her interests include residential and mixed-use urban in-fill projects and public education reform. She strives to incorporate environmentally responsible principles into her design projects.

Jane’s lecture examined the potential to create communities and lifestyle patterns that have a positive affect on our natural and built environment. Jane presented examples from close to home and around the world that ranged from utopian visions to small, practical solutions to our common social and environmental problems. After her presentation, Jane discussed the local environmental and social impact of the recent and proposed housing and commercial developments in the Mississippi Mills area.

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