Archive for April, 2007

Prix de Rome Winner Investigates the Abused and Neglected

University of Waterloo architecture graduate Michaela MacLeod is the winner of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners.

The committee saluted MacLeod’s interest in using ecological processes as an active agent in the design of landscapes, leaving the final shape of the design open to these outside forces. They agreed that this profoundly understated approach to design stands at the forefront of contemporary research, and that the first experiments in that direction need to be seen in the flesh.

Michaela will have the opportunity to research various design approaches taken to the reclamation of waste sites within North America and Europe.   She hopes the research will culminate with a presentation at a symposium focused on the future of wastelands in Canada, organized by Macleod herself.  (More here.)
Coincidentally (or perhaps not), this year’s VIA lecturer Alan Berger will be discussing a very similar theme.

 Author of “Drosscape: Wasting Land in Urban America” and “Nansga
Coastal City: Landscape and Urbanism in the Pearl River Delta,” Alan
Berger scans the globe with camera and insights into contemporary
development – your guide to a vast, largely ignored field of waste
landscapes and to the new chaotic urban landscapes in the emerging
world.  Expect a radical reconceptualization of your thinking.

Pencil it in:  May 23, 7 pm – SFU Harbour Centre (515 West Hastings).


April 16, 2007 at 1:40 pm Leave a comment

Solving Homelessness: Lessons from the American Approach, with Phillip Mangano

Check out details for this new May 8 public lecture that includes local speakers Judy Graves and Mark Smith.

April 13, 2007 at 10:10 am 1 comment

Preparing for the Third Wave: the Presentations

For those who’d like to take a closer look at all the innovations in cycling infrastructure that were detailed in “Preparing for the Third Wave of Cycling,” here’s your chance to download the pdf versions of the PowerPoint presentations:

JACK BECKER – Europe and New Cycling Design

HANS GROEN – Amsterdam

GORDON PRICE – Copenhagen

April 11, 2007 at 1:37 pm Leave a comment

Seeing and Believing: Cycling in Copenhagen

If you attended the “Third Wave” presentations on cycling facilities in Europe, you had to be impressed with the commitment of the City of Copenhagen. But to really appreciate the difference, check out this video.

Dan Kaufman’s “CrankMyChain Cycle TV” features a Johnny Stardust exclusive: a visual tour of the streets of this bike-friendly city. (Actually, ‘friendly’ hardly does it justice. This is more like intimate relations.)

And if you’d like a North American perspective, listen in on this Fredcast (the Internet’s premier cycling podcast, according to its own blurb) with John Burke, President of Trek Bicycles. He’s the Al Gore of cycling.

April 11, 2007 at 1:28 pm 1 comment

EcoDensity Speaker: Edward Mazria

Carbon-neutral Buildings: Moving from Idea to Reality

Date: Thursday April 26, 2007
Time: 7:00 – 8.30 p.m.
Location: Vancouver Public Library,
Alice Mackay Room,
350 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver

Come and listen to Edward Mazria, founder of Architecture 2030 and an international speaker on climate change and architecture. Cities around the world are signing up for the2030 Challenge. Participants are encouraged to develop, by the year 2030, new buildingsusing clean energy sources (no fossil fuels or sources that emit greenhouse gases). Learn how EcoDensity might play a role in creating these carbon-neutral buildings.

The lecture is free.  Reservations are required: 604.873.7707 or

April 3, 2007 at 3:18 pm Leave a comment