Bell Urban Forum: Vancouverism in a World of Cities

Mar 7
7:00pm — 9:00pm
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About the event

“Vancouverism in a World of Cities” Thursday, March 7, 7:00 PM Room 1900, SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre), 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver Nearly twenty years ago, ‘Vancouverism’ began to circulate as an internationally-recognized label for a distinctive set of practices of building, representing, and marketing the virtues of urban life. From planning, development, and architecture to cinema, transnational social movements, and increasingly cosmopolitan currents of migration, the Vancouver city-region has become a reference point for new configurations of density, diversity, and new relations between humans and the natural world. At the same time, Vancouver has become the second or third most expensive housing market on the planet, and it’s all built on the unceded indigenous lands and communities that long predate British North America and Canada. Vancouver provides a unique vantage point from which to view the transformations of space and time — of past, present, and future — in an urban world.

Where have concepts of Vancouverism traveled? How have the images and narratives of Vancouverism evolved? How have these trends co-evolved with changes in the material lived realities of society and nature in the Vancouver region? In this Larry Bell Urban Forum on March 7, Vancouverites will have an opportunity to explore the past, present, and future of Vancouverism in a world of intensifying urban competition and change. The forum includes a panel of distinguished authors who have explored varied facets of Vancouverism in a world of cities.

Presenters and Panelists:

Meg Holden, Professor of Urban Studies and Geography, Director of Urban Studies, Simon Fraser University; author, Pragmatic Justifications for the Sustainable City: Acting in the Common Place. Sherry McKay, Professor of Architecture (Emeritus), School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of British Columbia, co-author, “Building Human Agency: A Timely Manifesto.”

Katharyne Mitchell, Professor of Sociology, Dean of Social Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz; author, Crossing the Neoliberal Line: Pacific Rim Migration and the Metropolis.

Geraldine Pratt, Canada Research Chair in Transnationalism and Precarious Labour, University of British Columbia, coauthor, Film and Urban Space: Critical Possibilities.

John Punter, Professor of Urban Design, Cardiff University; author, The Vancouver Achievement: Urban Planning and Design.

Andy Yan, Director, City Program, Simon Fraser University; recipient of Planning Institute of British Columbia Award, Leadership in Advocacy and Innovation.

Elvin Wyly, Professor of Geography and Chair of Urban Studies Coordinating Committee, University of British Columbia.


Location: SFU Harbour Centre Room 1900

515 W Hastings St