Andrew Nikiforuk presents a talk entitled The political architecture of extreme oil, on the rapid development of bitumen in northern Alberta and its effects on the character of the region, and the country. Although the problems of oil exporting countries are well studied, Canada has yet to consider them or prepare for future oil price shocks.
A journalist, Andrew Nikiforuk has written about energy, economics and the West for a variety of Canadian publications including The Walrus, Maclean’s, Canadian Business, The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business, Chatelaine, Georgia Straight, Equinox and Harrowsmith.
The Learning from… series takes its title from Learning From Las Vegas (1972), Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour’s vastly influential publication, which analysed the commercial strips and architectural symbolism of Las Vegas in order to understand urban sprawl. In this spirit, the series brings together experts to explore specific urban conditions and their relevance to the future development of cities.