Love and the City

May 19, 2009 at 9:54 am Leave a comment

Beasley lecture

Who in the previous generation would have thought that “love” might become a prime force in the economy of cities? Now we know that people will only come to a city and stay in a city if they feel real affection for it and make it their place.

Larry Beasley will use examples from his long practice in Vancouver and more recent work around the world to explain what he sees as the basic dimensions of the sustainable and humane city – the “eco-city” — arguing that “placemaking” is the pivotal missing component in the commonly pursued strategies of smart growth.
Placemaking provides the link between urban excellence, economic development and sustainability. He observes that to get cities back into the proactive business of placemaking, urban design must be deliberate and not accidental.
Larry Beasley outlines the imperative of a new approach to city building, which he calls “experiential planning,” involving understanding and delivering cityscapes that people genuinely prefer over unsustainable forms, cities that people will truly desire and therefore solicit their love.

Larry Beasley was Vancouver’s Co-Director of Planning for many years. After retiring from government, he was appointed the “Distinguished Practice Professor of Planning” at the University of British Columbia. He is the principal of his own international planning consultancy, “Beasley and Associates”, and lectures worldwide. He chairs the Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Realty of Ottawa’s National Capital Commission and is Special Advisor for Planning to the Government of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. He has degrees from both Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. He has received the “Kevin Lynch Prize” from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the “Advocate for Architecture Award” from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and is a Member of the Order of Canada.

The Munro Lecture honours John Munro, regional economist and senior administrator at Simon Fraser University.  This event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice President, Academic and Burnaby Mountain College.

This lecture is free but seating is limited, please reply to “cs_hc@sfu” or to 778 782 5100
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