Archive for January, 2010

Woodward’s Relaunched

The Woodward’s complex – soon to be home to SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts – was relaunched on Friday, January 15.

You can read more at Gordon Price’s blog here and here.

And read Frances Bula’s observations here.


January 19, 2010 at 5:09 pm Leave a comment

The Chicago School

This is filling up fast.  Reserve now.

PlanTalk: The Chicago School – Insights from Sadhu Johnston and Mike Shiffer
January 27, 7–9 pm

Venue: SFU Segal Building, 500 Granville Street (corner of Pender and Granville), Vancouver
Admission is free, reservations are required. Reserve at

Come welcome two of Vancouver’s newest city-shapers as they share their experiences from one of North America’s most vibrant cities – Chicago.
Vancouver Deputy City Manager Sadhu Johnston and TransLink Vice-President of Planning Mike Shiffer both worked in the Windy City, one in the Mayor’s office, the other in the Chicago Transit Authority, at a time when sustainability was emerging as a key platform in the city’s political culture. Come learn what they learned, and what it might mean for Vancouver.
Co-sponsored by Planning Institute of British Columbia — South Coast Chapter, Metro Vancouver RAIC Chapter, and SFU City Program.
PIBC members: 2 CPD units
RAIC / AIBC members: 2 Core LU

January 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

A Call to All Urbanists

From the re:place team.


A humble call to help us with suggestions for the our newest initiative Urbanists Guide to Vancouver – an online list of off-the-beaten path places, events, products, etc. that  we want to have live for visitors in town for the Olympics and local urbanists who want to know what’s happening in and around the city.

… what we want to compile is a pretty comprehensive list of off-the-beaten path places, events, products, etc. that most people may not be aware of, but that reflects a more balanced concept of what this city is all about.

How? Simple. Just post a comment, or if you’re not a comment-type person, send your suggestions to  Please include any supplementary information – i.e. links, websites, etc. – and  a short description of why you think this should be included in the Urbanists Guide.

We’ll be gathering the suggestions and information until Wednesday, January 27th and release the final edited list in time for the Olympics. We’ll also give you regular updates as we develop our initiative further.  In the meantime, please help us out and drop us a line.

January 12, 2010 at 1:14 pm Leave a comment

Chuck Durrett on Cohousing

An email came in from Ann Clement ….

I live Yarrow Ecovillage in the Fraser Valley and we’re having Chuck Durrett coming in January to design our village plan with many of the age-friendly principles the SFU City Program supports and promotes. 

May I remind you of who Chuck is?

Chuck is the architect, author and public speaker who first brought the idea of cohousing to North America 20 years ago. He has designed over 50 cohousing and ecovillage projects. Along with his wife Kathryn McCamant, he co-authored Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves , which introduced cohousing to the US and most  recently Senior Cohousing:  A Community Approach to Independent Living . 
The Canadian Cohousing Network and Yarrow Ecovillage are sponsoring two public lectures on CoHousing by Chuck in mid January– in Abbotsford and Vancouver— and also Chuck will be taking our Ecovillage through a thorough Site Plan Workshop ( at Windsong Cohousing in Langley) . 

Chuck’s Workshop is a sleeves-rolled-up, ideas tossed around, dreams of how to live session … with it all manifested onto a big map of our village laid out on a large table.  We’ll play and dream…Chuck will translate that into a doable plan  … including where the sewer drains will go, how the house configurations will make good green spaces and good neighbours, … where seniors housing will work.  etc … 

In other words …  how our village will sing . 

The public presentations are :

Friday, January 15th – 7 pm  – at Abbotsford Recreation Centre, RM 2/3
2499 McMillan Way, Abbotsford

Saturday, January 16th – 7 pm – at Kerrisdale Community Centre, 5851 West Boulevard, Vancouver.

January 11, 2010 at 3:31 pm 1 comment

The Art of the Underground

Here are recent photos of some new transit stations in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan taken by Ronald Chen, a graduate of the SFU City Program’s Urban Design Certificate Program.   (Follow the links to see more of Ronald’s great shots.)

First up: Formosa Boulevard Station, the station with the glass art “Dome of light”. 

The glass art is designed by Italian artist Narcissus Quagliata.  It is said to be the largest glass art in the world – 30 metres in diameter.  And here’s what the station looks like at night:

Next, the Central Park Station designed by Richard Rogers. 

Ronald also has extensive images of the  2009 World Games Stadium exquisitely designed by Ito Toyo. 

January 6, 2010 at 1:16 pm Leave a comment