Archive for March, 2012

Upcoming Programs at the SFU City Program

Simon Fraser University City Program 

 

Upcoming Events and Courses

April-June 2012

1. Public Lecture
Pricing Our Roads: What Can Metro Vancouver Learn from Seattle?
Wed, 11 April, 7pm
Location: Simon Fraser University Vancouver, 515 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission: $10 ( cash only at door)
Tolling? Road pricing? New technologies?
The Sustainable Transportation Coalition has gone south of the border to get a preview. Seattle has already introduced tolling on the SR 520 bridge and experimented with road-user charges, and we’ve asked Matthew Kitchen, a policy analyst on the Puget Sound Regional Council, to give us an in-depth understanding of their research, experiments, and real-life examples, and to describe what has happened, what they’re learning, and what the implications may be for the future.
Having recently introduced tolls on an existing bridge with no new capacity, the Seattle region is beginning to learn something about the impact. How does reality compare with what the models say? How will those results affect their regional plans? And what does this mean for their political decisions? Should, for instance, toll revenues support non-road investments?
Join us to hear about what led to tolling in Seattle, the research they did, and the experiment they created. A panel of Vancouverites will discuss what this might mean for us. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.
Speaker: Matthew Kitchen, Puget Sound Regional Council
Sponsors: Hosted by the Sustainable Transportation Coalition, the Planning Institute of B.C. South Coast Chapter, and SFU Continuing Studies (City Program).
Generous support is provided by Translink and Urban Systems Ltd.

2. Information Session
Urban Design and Sustainable Community Development Certificates
Thurs, May 17, 6-7:30pm
Location: Simon Fraser University Vancouver, 515 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free but reservations required. To reserve a seat, visit www.sfu.ca/reserve .
Join us on May 17 for our free information session to learn more about these two certificate programs that start September 2012 .
Taught by renowned practitioners and industry leaders, these certificate programs aim to equip mid-career professionals with the skills to impact their communities for the better. Whether it’s designing functional and sustainable places, or advocating for sustainability at the local level, these certificate programs will give you the tools to achieve your professional and personal goals.

3. Featured Courses
Designing Integrated Neighbourhoods (Elective)
$600 / URBD783–VA1121
Friday-Saturday, April 13-14 , 2012
9am-5:30 pm, SFU Vancouver
In this course, you’ll study the elements and principles of integrated neighbourhoods. We will delve into the issues confronting innovation, design requirements, and key tools and techniques. We’ll also examine practical methods for beginning to retrofit existing neighbourhoods and creating new integrated neighbourhoods on green field sites.
Instructors/speakers:
    * Michael von Hausen, Principal, MVH Urban Planning and Design Inc.
    * Paul Fenske, Senior Urban Designer, Ekistics and Arris Architecture
    * Norm Shearing, VP of Development, Parklane Homes
Community Food Systems (Elective)
$600 / SUST908–VA1121
Friday-Saturday, April 20 -21, 2012
9am-5:30 pm, SFU Vancouver
To register, call 778-782-5254
Food isn’t just what we eat. Eating is only one part of a vast global system to grow, process, package, market and ultimately discard food. Regrettably, the industrial food system of today is failing not only our communities, but our environment and our bodies too. But there is an alternative recipe for food – a sustainable one – that promises to bring food and agriculture back into our communities so they are more vibrant, vital and healthy for all.
Taught by leading food system practitioners and drawing from best practices from across North America, this practical course will explore a broad scope of community food system opportunities – from land use planning and urban design strategies, to bringing food into land and economic development efforts, to successful grassroots initiatives. An emphasis on implementation will explore topics such as how to get local decision-makers on board and using social media and other communication techniques effectively. Presentations and panels involving a range of guest speakers will be combined with large and small group discussion and activities so course participants from diverse backgrounds can consider the role of food in their communities, organization or sustainability efforts. This is an essential course for mid-career professionals in the emerging field of community food systems – the next big ‘thing’ in sustainability.
Instructors/speakers:
    * Janine de la Salle, planner, food, and agriculture systems specialist, HB Lanarc.
    * Erik Karlsen, past executive director of the Agricultural Land Reserve
    * Mark Holland, vice-president, New Monaco Enterprise Corporation
    * Peter Ladner, Business in Vancouver; associate, SFU Centre for Dialogue
    * Tara McDonald, executive director, Vancouver Farmers Markets
    * Joaquin Karakas, urban designer, HB Lanarc
    * Brent Mansfield, co-chair, Vancouver Food Policy Council

4. April to June 2012 Courses
Sustainable Community Development Certificate
Sustainable Community Development Studio (Core)
$900 / SUST915–VA1124
For SCD Cohorts Only
Thursday– Saturday, May 24-26, 2012
9 am–5:30 pm, SFU Vancouver
Urban Design Certificate Program
Studio II: Synthesis of Urban Form (Core)
$900 / URBD779–VA1124
For Urban Design Cohorts Only
Thursday-Saturday, June 7-9, 2012
9 am–5:30 pm, SFU Burnaby

5. Urban Design Program in Ottawa
Two urban design electives are scheduled for Ottawa on May 9-12, 2012.
Urban Design: Public Realm (Elective)
$725.00 / URBD789–OT1124
Wednesday-Thursday, May 9-10, 2012
8:30 am–5:00 pm, Ottawa Convention Centre
Public space and places, especially street space, are essential elements of the public realm in cities, towns, and villages. They are also the most valued spaces from a neighbourhood perspective. The design of urban, suburban, and rural places for meaningful public use and enjoyment is the focus of this urban design course. The course will be highly interactive, mixing presentations with discussions and exercises, so that you can develop effective ways to approach the design or redesign of the public realm. You’ll develop the fundamental urban design skills of observation, analysis, documentation, idea generation, design development, and effective graphic presentation.
Urban Design: Designing Integrated Neighbourhoods (Elective)
$725.00 / URBD783–OT1124
Friday-Saturday, May 11-12, 2012
8:30 am–5:00 pm, Ottawa Convention Centre
In this course, you’ll study the elements and principles of integrated neighbourhoods. We will delve into the issues confronting innovation, design requirements, and key tools and techniques. We’ll also examine practical methods for beginning to retrofit existing neighbourhoods and creating new integrated neighbourhoods on green field sites.

6. Events In Your Neighbourhood
Vancouver Urban Permaculture Design Course
A 72 hour certification course sponsored by Village Vancouver
Learn How to Grow Your Own Food & Permaculture Design in the City!
Young Agrarians
A movement to support young farmers in Canada

Visit our website for complete details on all programs: www.sfu.ca/city
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March 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm Leave a comment

From Griffith University: Oil Vulnerability and Cities

Drs. Jago Dodson and Neil Sipe will discuss concepts and methods for investigating oil vulnerability in metropolitan areas with examples from Australia, the U.S. and Canada. This will be followed by a wider discussion of regional planning and technological responses to oil vulnerability including the role of electric vehicles.

Associate Professor Jago Dodson is Director of the Urban Research Program, and Associate Professor Neil Sipe is the Discipline Head of the Urban & Environmental Planning Program, both at Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia). In recent collaborative research, the two have proposed methods for defining and mapping transport exclusion and oil vulnerability, and have co-authored “Shocking the Suburbs: Oil Vulnerability in the Australian City.” They are currently co-editing “Planning after Petroleum” due to be  published by Routledge later this year.

Reserve seats here.

March 14, 2012 at 8:03 am Leave a comment