Archive for October, 2010

Carl Elefante – Lecture and Heritage Symposium

Carl Elefante coined the phrase: “The greenest building is the one that is already built.”   He is Director of Sustainable Design at Qunin Evans Architects, Washington, D.C.

At an upcoming lecture at SFU, he’ll be addressing the question: “What is the cultural, economic, environmental sustainability of older buildings”

FREE public lecture: Renewal + Transformation – Heritage conservation practice integrated with the quest for a sustainable way of life.
7 pm – Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 – SFU Harbour Centre
 More here.  Register here.
November 5, 9 am- 5 pm – Morris Wosk Centre for Dialogue

Opening address by Carl Elefante:  Valuing our Built Heritage – addressing environmental, economic, and social sustainability.
  • LEED® Existing Buildings + Green Up, Dan Roberts, CaGBC
  • Three new Vancouver case studies demonstrating best practices in sustainable rehabilitation of older buildings with poster exhibit
  • Greenest City 2020, Andrea Reimer, COV Councillor
  • Presentation of NOW house, Lorraine Gauthier

    Register Online at:

    Heritage and Sustainability Nexus is organized by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation.

    October 28, 2010 at 9:35 am Leave a comment

    VIA Lecture: Ellen Dunham-Jones


    VIA Architecture Urban Design Lecture

    Next Generation Urbanism

    October 26, 7 pm
    SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
    Admission is free, reservations are required. Reserve at

    Recessions are deadly for urban development activity — but fertile times for re-thinking and re-positioning, for looking around and looking ahead. What are the new horizons for North American metros as we look to and beyond recovery? What urban design debates in the schools are informing the next generation? Ellen Dunham-Jones will draw on both her own research into retrofitting suburbia for a more sustainable future as well as the work of leading new urbanists, bankers, and policy makers to speculate on how shifting demographics, new technologies, economic and natural resource challenges are informing new directions in the design of cities.

    Ellen Dunham-Jones is Professor, School of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a Visiting Fellow in Urban Sustainable Development, supported by an endowment made possible by the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia and Fraser Valley Real Estate Board.

    Lecture sponsored by SFU City Program, SFU Urban Studies and VIA Architecture.
    Lecture Flyer:

    Ellen Dunham-Jones: Retrofitting Suburbia

    October 28, 7 pm, Venue: Room 2600, SFU Surrey, 250–13450 102 Avenue, Surrey
    Admission is free, reservations are required. Reserve at

    How can ghostboxes, dead malls, aging office parks, out-dated edge cities and blighted commercial strips be retrofitted into more sustainable places? Co-author of the award winning book, “Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs”, Ellen Dunham-Jones will explain the drivers behind successful built suburban retrofits in North America and illustrate the three principal strategies: re-inhabitation, redevelopment and re-greening.

    Supported by an endowment made possible by the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia and Fraser Valley Real Estate Board.

    Lecture sponsored by SFU Urban Studies.

    October 15, 2010 at 9:23 am 1 comment