Archive for June, 2012
On Tuesday, June 19, Simon Fraser University will officially launch SFU Public Square. The event will also serve as the platform to announce a new partnership between SFU and the Vancouver Foundation stemming from research on the issue of isolation and disconnection in the urban environment.
A signature project of The Engaged University, SFU Public Square will support Simon Fraser University’s commitment to engaging students, research and communities.
SFU President Andrew Petter and Vancouver Foundation President and CEO Faye Wightman will be in attendance.
WHAT: Launch of SFU Public Square
WHEN: June 19, 2012, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Westbank Woodward’s Atrium 111 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
A profile of the City Program by the Real Estate Foundation of B.C.:
By Sam Brown
Every year, thousands of people are drawn to BC’s Lower Mainland by its beauty, opportunity, and lifestyle. However, with population growth comes increased demand on land, infrastructure, and natural resources, creating challenges that need solutions. In 1995, Simon Fraser University established the City Program in Continuing Studies at its downtown Vancouver campus to help address urban land use issues related to housing, density, green space, heritage conservation, and transportation in the region. Since its inception, City Program has continued to be relevant, both for the Vancouver area, and for communities elsewhere across North America.
Designed for mid-career urban professionals such as architects, engineers, developers, builders, and other real estate practitioners, City Program offers two certificate programs: Urban Design and Sustainable Community Development. In the City Program’s infancy, courses were attended by seven or eight students, but this number has grown to reach as many as 45. Since its inception, 220 students have graduated with SFU City Program certificates.
In 2001, the Urban Design Certificate was launched as the first of its kind in Canada. The program explores the art and science of place-making (the creation of places that people want to visit, experience and enjoy), and place-keeping (maintaining and enhancing the qualities and benefits of places through long term management), while concentrating on the economic, social, and environmental considerations involved in sustainable urban design. The Urban Design Certificate Program has been endorsed by seven professional associations in BC and Alberta, including the Urban Development Institutes of Alberta, Calgary, and Pacific Region. To satisfy growing demand throughout the country, City Program Urban Design courses are now offered in Ottawa, Calgary, and Edmonton.
Gordon Harris, CEO of UniverCity, writes:
Having rewritten his landmark text on the topic, he offers a host of UniverCity examples among what he describes as the kinds of proven, adaptable initiatives already making communities of all sizes more sustainable. For example, he writes about:
• UniverCity’s green building bylaw, which requires all buildings to outperform the model national building code energy regulations by 30 per cent;
• The new UniverCity Childcare Centre, a net zero-footprint building that actually generates more energy than it consumes and collects or recycles more water than it uses. Jason McLennan, author of the “Living Building Challenge,” has called it “the greenest childcare on the planet.”
• A stormwater management system that fully protects the quality and quantity of water that feeds into the salmon streams flowing from UniverCity’s Burnaby Mountain location.
We are certain that Mark’s new text will remain the preeminent guide for everyone who is working to make the world’s cities more sustainable.
Yaron Stern provides a summary here.
For those who attended (or those who missed) George Hazel’s presentation at SFU, here is the PowerPoint presentation:
Here’s one of the key slides (click to enlarge):