Archive for March, 2009

Copenhagenizing the City

Niels Tørsløv, the Traffic Director of Copenhagen, explains the remarkable strategies that have made Copenhagen one of the healthiest and most cycling-oriented (they’re connected) cities in the world.  (A study says the Danes are the happiest people in the world too – no doubt another connection!)


Video here.


March 9, 2009 at 3:36 pm Leave a comment


From our friends at SCARP, UBC:

You are invited to
“From: Sustainawhat? to: Sustainahow! Moving from Knowledge to Action”

Friday March 13th and Saturday March 14th, 2009
School of Community and Regional Planning two-day symposium

The schedule is up and registration is open. Don’t miss this two day conference exploring the interpretation and implementation of sustainable planning. The conference brings together practitioners and researchers to discuss new directions, strategic priorities and emerging challenges in their fields.

The event offers fifteen panel discussions and nine guided tours from which to choose. Please visit our website for the full conference schedule and registration details at:

Examples of the over 25 session titles include:

  • Planning for multicultural cities: current stories, best practices and emerging challenges
  • Governance for accelerated change
  • Planning for a ‘New Relationship’: exploring the opportunities and barriers of collaborative land and resource planning with First Nations communities
  • The Story Behind the Stories: Strategies for Communication and Engagement in Diverse Communities
  • Advocating for sustainable design
  • Seeking sustainability of a comprehensive affordable housing sector in British Columbia

And presenters include:

  • Brent Toderian, MCIP, Director of Planning, City of Vancouver
  • Karen Stone, Executive Director, B.C. Not-for-Profit Housing
  • Dr. Dan Hiebert, Professor, Department of Geography, UBC; Co-Director, Metropolis B.C.
  • Paula Carr, Executive Director, Collingwood Neighbourhood House
  • Bryan Evans, Principle, Dovetail Consulting
  • Jon O’Riordon, Former Deputy Minister, B.C. Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management
  • Shannon Daub, Communications Director, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, B.C. Chapter
  • Dr. Ron Kellett, Professor, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, UBC
  • Dr. Leonie Sandercock, Professor, School of Community and Regional Planning, UBC

PIBC continued education credits will be allocated pending evaluation. The conference capacity is 200 people and registration closes on Monday March 9th. Register now!

Please e-mail us at: with any questions.

March 2, 2009 at 5:53 pm Leave a comment