Vancouverism in Red Deer

August 5, 2008 at 3:36 pm Leave a comment

Michael Geller, who writes for the Homes section of the Vancouver Sun, visited Red Deer, Alberta, as a speaker recently – and wrote about it in last week’s column.  (Michael has also given a lecture for the City Program.)

Although Red Deer is very different than Vancouver, a surprising number of residents want to see their downtown redeveloped as a more walkable city with higher-density housing, mixed-use developments, a public market and an extensive waterfront walkway system.

And as he noted, our Urban Design Curriculum Coordinator, Michael von Hausen, is well known in these parts: “Also participating in the program was Michael von Hausen, an internationally acclaimed Vancouver-based planning consultant, and his ‘swat team,’ which had recently returned from a similar planning exercise in Russia.”

For some years now the City Program has been holding courses in Calgary and Edmonton, and many students from the Prairies come to Vancouver as part of the urban-design certificate cohort.  The same looks to be true for the launch of the Sustainable Community Development program this fall.

It’s gratifying to see our instructors and lecturers making a difference outside the classroom when it comes to the design of our cities.

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