Archive for June, 2009

The Great Urban Debate

Every year the SFU City Program presents a speaker in urban design, sponsored by VIA Architecture.    Given that it’s the firm’s 20th anniversary (some will remember it as Baker, McGarva, Hart) and that they have offices in both Vancouver and Seattle, we came up with an idea to ‘celebrate’ both cities:

VIA poster

Two proponents of their respective cities will reverse roles, and argue for the merits of the other’s city.

City Program Director Gordon Price, as the Vancouverite, will debate Peter Steinbrueck, an articulate architect and previous city councillor in Seattle, to make the case that his city is actually superior to Vancouver.

To reserve a space for the event on Tuesday, June 16 at 7 pm at SFU Harbour Centre, email or call 778-782.5100.

In addition to questions taken from the floor immediately following the debate, attendees will have an opportunity to submit questions in advance through VIA’s website at (click on ‘The Firm’—’VIA Blog’).


June 3, 2009 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

Walking Around the World

A free lecture as part of the “Shifting Gears” series:

Walking Around the World: Innovation and inspiration for Designing, Engineering and Planning our Cities
June 8, 7 pm

Dr. Rodney Tolley with Bronwen Thornton, Walk 21

Note: the lecture takes place at UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street.
Reservations required: Call 778-782-5100 or email

The obesity epidemic, congestion, pollution, peak oil and climate change are just five of the imperatives that demand we walk more — and walk more often. Yet the barriers to walking have intensified in recent years.

This presentation will show how streets around the world are being opened up again to people on foot, with spectacular benefits for our personal health, and the health of our cities, our communities and our children.

These lectures are sponsored by the Bombardier Foundation and the Active Transport Lab at the University of British Columbia and BC Recreation and Parks Association. Program partner: Simon Fraser University City Program.

June 2, 2009 at 9:23 am Leave a comment