Archive for November, 2011

re:CONNECT Ideas Competition Award Announcement and Panel Discussion

Free Public Forum
re:CONNECT Vancouver’s Viaducts and Eastern Core
Ideas Competition Award Announcement and Panel Discussion, December 1

On September 22, the City of Vancouver invited the public and local and international design community to submit ideas for the future of the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts and the larger Eastern Core. The response was excellent, with over 100 submissions from 13 countries (US, Mexico, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Poland, Turkey, Slovenia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and Canada) with 75% coming from Metro Vancouver. Submissions range from the beautification of the viaducts, to their re-use as open space or other uses, or their partial or complete removal and replacement. The visions range from the practical and pragmatic, to the futuristic and whimsical.

The jury, comprised of renowned urbanists Allan Jacobs and Joe Hruda, architect Patricia Patkau, sustainability expert Robert Bennett (Portland Sustainability Institute) and urban economics expert Dr. Tom Hutton, have selected the winning submissions which will be announced as part of a public dialog on December 1st.

The public will also have an opportunity to view the submissions on-line and vote for their favourites from November 21-27, 2011. The People’s Choice Awards will also be presented on December 1st.

A panel discussion with the local jury members augmented by Helle Soholt (Gehl Architects, Copenhagen), Ken Greenberg (Greenberg Consultants Inc, Toronto), and Brent Toderian, City of Vancouver Director of Planning will follow the award announcements. The discussion will be moderated by Gordon Price.

Panel Members:
Ken Greenberg , Greenberg Consultants Inc
Joe Hruda , Civitas Urban Design and Planning
Dr. Tom Hutton , UBC School of Community and Regional Planning
Patricia Patkau , Patkau Architects
Helle Soholt , Gehl Architects
Brent Toderian, Director of Planning City of Vancouver

Thursday, December 1, 7-9 pm
Room 3200 – Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema
Woodwards Building
149 West Hastings
Admission is free, but seating is limited. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.



November 29, 2011 at 9:59 am 1 comment

The Honorary Jim Green

A few weeks ago, on World Planning Day, the Planning Institute of B.C. made Jim Green an honorary member.  Because Jim was unable to attend, past city planner Nathan Edelson spoke on his behalf.  As part of our recognition of those who have shaped the city, we’re pleased to reprint Nathan’s notes here:

Jim Green
Honorary Membership in the Planning Institute of B.C.

Presentation Notes for Acceptance Talk by Nathan Edelson

November 5, 2011

Jim Green asked me to let you know how much he appreciates being awarded this honorary membership into the Planning Institute  of British Columbia. And I feel truly honoured that he asked me to speak to you on his behalf.

Before I begin, I would like to ask:

  • How many of you have heard of Jim Green? (everyone)
  • How many of you have had a chance to speak with him? (about half )

I will try to describe my understanding of Jim’s work as a supporter of planning. But I want to point out that Jim has not reviewed my notes.  The only thing he asked of me was “don’t lose the certificate”. I found this to be consistent with the main instruction Jim would give to many of us – “Try not to ‘f’ it up.” And I understand David Crossley; the PIBC Executive Director has agreed to send it directly to Jim. So my main mission has already been accomplished.

I will be focusing on Jim’s work, but I will speak from the perspective of someone who has worked with him on a number of initiatives over the last thirty years.

As some of you may know, I was a community planner with the City of Vancouver for 25 years; the last 15 as the Senior Planner for the Downtown Eastside – which includes historic Chinatown, Gastown, Victory Square and Strathcona. I teach at UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning and also continue to work on a variety of planning initiatives.

Prior to working at the City I was the Founding Executive Director of Little Mountain Neighbourhood House. Here I was interviewed and hired by a broadly based 15 member neighbourhood committee organized by a young community planner named Larry Beasley.

And it was in this capacity I met Jim in 1980 when he was the Executive Director of DERA – the Downtown Eastside Residents Association.

Touring the DTES with Jim in the 1980’s was a remarkable experience. He was truly the mayor of the inner city.


November 15, 2011 at 9:42 am Leave a comment