Archive for May, 2008

Sustainability in Animation

Just possibly the best animation of an urban plan you’ve ever seen.  (Click through to the video.)




May 22, 2008 at 10:10 am Leave a comment

Oasis in wasteland

Christopher Hume, the urban critic for the Toronto Star, will be giving the VIA Architecture Lecture on Urban Design on June 5.  Click here for details.

Here’s a sampling of his writing – a recent column on the innovative use of land underneath the Gardner Expressway (similar to our Georgia Viaduct.


May 19, 2008 at 1:19 pm Leave a comment

Biomimicry in Glasgow

Solar pads 1

Gladys We passes along this web site, featuring an idea by ZM Architecture for Glasgow’s Clyde River.  They’re solar lily pads, adding an element of art to the waterfront while feeding electricity to the grid.

Solar lily pads on the Clyde

May 12, 2008 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

Come to Paradise

This Friday, May 9, in the last of the City Program “Paradise Makers” series for this spring, we’re hosting “The Back Room Boys” – the politicos who make an art of the possible.  Michael Francis of the NPA, George Taylor of TEAM and Frank Kennedy of COPE will spin stories about one of the most tumultuous periods in Vancouver’s political history.

 Paradise Makers: The Backroom Boys
May 9, 7 pm – Fletcher Challenge Theatre, SFU Harbour Centre (515 West Hastings)


 Allso coming up:

Cycling for Everyone: Lessons from the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany
May 15. John Pucher, Rutgers University


The Affordable City: Municipal Support for Community Land Trusts

May 16. John Davis, Vermont.


Our Transportation Future
May 22


VIA Architecture Urban Design Lecture NEW

Featuring Toronto Star’s architectural and urban critic, Christopher Hume
June 5


Admission to public lectures is free; reservations are required.
Email or call 778-782.5100.


May 8, 2008 at 2:34 pm Leave a comment