In most cities across North America, the single-family zone encompasses the majority of the urban land base. This zoning reserves the right to access in these urban areas to those who can afford or have inherited real estate wealth – the majority of the land base does not currently accommodate the majority of our residents.
A dialogue on emerging futures with San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver's top planners:
John Rahaim, Planning Director, City and County of San Francisco
Joe Zehnder, Chief Planner, City of Portland
David Driskell, Deputy Director of Planning, City of Seattle
Gil Kelley, General Manager of Planning, City of Vancouver
Two years ago, Urbanarium hosted Gil Kelley's first public lecture as Vancouver's new Chief Planner.
As part of the 2017 Vancouver Design Week, The Urbanarium is proud to present Smart City Talks by Alison Brooks
Alison Brooks, Principal and Creative Director of Alison Brooks Architects, is one of the leading architects of her generation. She has developed an international reputation for a multi-award winning body of work since founding the practice in 1996. Born in Ontario, Canada in 1962, she moved to London in 1988 after graduating with a BES and BArch from the University of Waterloo.
Unleashing the potential of The Missing Middle will hinge on the economics of land assembly. The pervasive development culture, requiring land assembly, underground parking, presentation center marketing and tendency towards large scale developments begs big questions for this missing housing type.