Archive for August, 2010

Surrey Transportation Lecture Program


SFU Surrey Campus (Surrey Central City Mall)
October 6, 2010 to December 1, 2010
Wednesdays, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Transportation Lecture Program is the first of its kind in B.C., and Surrey is promoting this new initiative as part of the city’s broader engagement with the community and stakeholders. This lecture program will offer a forum to discuss important regional and local transportation issues, provide the City of Surrey a chance to better communicate and explain their role in transportation, the services they provide, and their place in the larger transportation “jig-saw”, and in turn, they will also hear first hand from you what issues and priorities are important.

In partnership with the SFU City Program we are offering a unique opportunity for citizens, professionals, and stakeholders to learn more about transportation in Surrey with topics including:

• Who’s responsible for different types of transportation and their relationship
• How transportation is funded, regionally and locally
• How we plan new transportation systems and networks
• How we operate and manage our roads
• What the relationship is between transportation and land use, in a growing city like Surrey.

The registration fee of $300. However, a sponsorship of up to $250 by the City will be available for 30 participants, given that minimum requirements for course completion are met (80% attendance and delivering paper/presentation).

Please download the attached application form here.

For details on the course, download the course backgrounder.

The application deadline is September 10, 2010.

August 20, 2010 at 1:01 pm 1 comment

Jarrett Walker in High-def

A version of the much-acclaimed presentation that Jarrett Walker did on transit while here in Vancouver on July 4 was also presented at Portland Metro – where it was recorded in a high-quality format by the Portland Transit blog and posted on Youtube.  You can find a link to the five parts here.

August 19, 2010 at 9:31 am Leave a comment

PIBC Award for work of Michael von Hausen

The SFU City Program congratulates  Michael von Hausen, our course coordinator for the Urban Design Certificate, on this award for his work in the City of Langley:


Langley, BC – June 4, 2010

The City of Langley is pleased to announce that the Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC) awarded the prestigious “Excellence in Planning Award” to the City at its PIBC Annual Conference in Sun Peaks, B.C. on Thursday, June 3, 2010.

The award recognizes community excellence and innovation in the category of “comprehensive plans and policy” in land use planning. Mayor Peter Fassbender stated that “Council could not be more thrilled than to receive this honour from the PIBC. … The Plan takes the planning process two steps further by truly integrating the normally isolated policy planning with urban design and land economics. I

The Plan was developed in three phases over a two year period from 2007 to 2009 by the City of Langley and its consultant team led by Michael von Hausen, President of MVH Urban Planning & Design Inc.

August 11, 2010 at 1:27 pm Leave a comment

UniverCity launches “Living Building” Childcare Centre

The SFU Community Trust, builders of UniverCity, launched the UniverCity Childcare Centre a few weeks ago – the first major building in the country to meet the Living Building Challenge, characterized as the most advanced green-building rating system in the world.

I find it amazing that the building will generate more energy annually than it uses – not to mention recycling or harvesting from rainwater more water than it uses.  As well, to meet the challenge, it has to be  free of toxic materials and obtain the majority of its materials from within a 400-kilometre radius

To top it off, this building will be completed at a cost that is significantly less than the cost of other conventional childcare facilities being built in the region.

The centre is designed by Hughes Condon Marler Architects – specifically Karen Marler and Kathleen Robinson – and landscape architects space2place design, and constructed by Ledcor Special Projects.  More information here

At the opening, left to right, Allison Maddaugh (Space2Place), Jeff Cutler (Space2Place), Dale Mikkelsen (SFU Community Trust), Jean-Sebastien Tessier (Cobalt) mechanical engineer.

For more on the Living Building Challenge – and Portland’s attempt to create one for its Sustainability Center highrise – go here.

August 4, 2010 at 7:39 am 1 comment