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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The City of Vancouver has not had a comprehensive City-wide plan to guide the development process since the 1990s. We want to open up the discussion and find out whether citizens believe that this is a worthwhile process, and if so, what it should look like.

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The City of Vancouver is now accepting submissions for the 2016 Urban Design Awards, which celebrate projects that demonstrate excellence in architecture and design and contribute to creating a vibrant, livable city.


Entries are now being accepted in the following categories:

·    Residential buildings – small, medium or large scale

·    Commercial buildings

·    Government and institutional buildings

·    Urban elements

·    Innovation

·    Outstanding sustainable design

·    Landscape, public space and infrastructure

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