Towards A Better City 

Vancouverites know better than anyone what would make their city better. For that reason, we are asking residents from 50 neighbourhoods across the city to contribute their feedback in an open, authentic, transparent and defensible manner. 

We are crowdsourcing from the grassroots to help influence future decision-making in the City.

 

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From CBC's MAy 23rd article

Research on housing affordability suggests GTHA lacks mid-level housing like 'townhouses, duplexes, triplexes'

Call it the tale of Toronto's two housing markets: on one side are the million-dollar-plus single-detached homes, and on the other, those tiny boxes in the sky.

What's missing, is everything in the middle.

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UBC is a leader in a global network of post-secondary institutions that have turned their campuses into living laboratories for sustainable behaviour, infrastructure and community. At UBC, sustainability means simultaneous improvements in human and environmental wellbeing, not just reductions in damage or harm. The University is embedding this regenerative sustainability throughout teaching, learning, research, partnerships, operations and infrastructure, and the UBC community.

 

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A New Free Internet Course Offered on edX
by the University of British Columbia

Architects, urban planners, real-estate developers, landscape architects, and anyone else who is interested in the future of cities – especially students in all these disciplines – should check out this free, open course, taught by Larry Beasley, the former planning director of Vancouver, who is the Distinguished Professor of Practice at the University of British Columbia, and Jonathan Barnett, a noted authority on urban design from the University of Pennsylvania.

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The Harvard Graduate School of Design is launching a web-based course that offers architectural education at no cost.

The Architectural Imagination course will allow students to "learn fundamental principles of architecture — as an academic subject or a professional career — from a study of history's important buildings", according to the website.

Spread over 10 modules, the programme is intended to be taken over the same number of weeks.

The first part will focus on form and history, the second on technology, and the third on representation and context.

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Check out Hindsight kick starter campaign:

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Housing Panel Dale McClanaghan and Jim O'Dea sits down with Kirk and Scot Hein from Urbanarium to look at urbanism and intelligent city building:

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Power at Ground Zero

Politics, Money, and the Remaking of Lower Manhattan

Lynne B. Sagalyn

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The Urbanarium Society is deeply saddened by the loss of Bing Thom who was a tremendous talent, and a thoughtful voice, for Canada’s architecture and place making community. He has left a profound and lasting legacy for our country and region including such seminal local works as UBC’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia, Surrey City Centre Library, Aberdeen Centre in Richmond and the Vancouver’s Sunset Community Centre.

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