Archive for June, 2012

Sticks, Carrots and Tambourines:the Video

Sticks, Carrots and Tambourines: Actively Learning from Copenhagen’s Transport Successes 
Part 1 with Andreas Rohl

If you couldn’t attend the lecture on June 4, view it  here.  Andreas Rohl is the Bicycling Program Manager for the City of Copenhagen, and a Bicycling Specialist with Urban Systems Ltd. 
Many thanks to Urban Systems Ltd., TransLink, and the City of Vancouver for making this lecture possible. 

June 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm Leave a comment

SFU launching SFU Public Square

On Tuesday, June 19, Simon Fraser University will officially launch SFU Public Square. The event will also serve as the platform to announce a new partnership between SFU and the Vancouver Foundation stemming from research on the issue of isolation and disconnection in the urban environment.

A signature project of The Engaged University, SFU Public Square will support Simon Fraser University’s commitment to engaging students, research and communities.

SFU President Andrew Petter and Vancouver Foundation President and CEO Faye Wightman will be in attendance.

WHAT:          Launch of SFU Public Square
          June 19, 2012, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
        Westbank Woodward’s Atrium
 111 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Directions linked

June 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm Leave a comment

Shaping the Future of Cities

A profile of the City Program by the Real Estate Foundation of B.C.:

By Sam Brown 

Every year, thousands of people are drawn to BC’s Lower Mainland by its beauty, opportunity, and lifestyle. However, with population growth comes increased demand on land, infrastructure, and natural resources, creating challenges that need solutions. In 1995, Simon Fraser University established the City Program in Continuing Studies at its downtown Vancouver campus to help address urban land use issues related to housing, density, green space, heritage conservation, and transportation in the region. Since its inception, City Program has continued to be relevant, both for the Vancouver area, and for communities elsewhere across North America.    

Designed for mid-career urban professionals such as architects, engineers, developers, builders, and other real estate practitioners, City Program offers two certificateCity Program field trip programs: Urban Design and Sustainable Community Development. In the City Program’s infancy, courses were attended by seven or eight students, but this number has grown to reach as many as 45. Since its inception, 220 students have graduated with SFU City Program certificates.

In 2001, the Urban Design Certificate was launched as the first of its kind in Canada. The program explores the art and science of place-making (the creation of places that people want to visit, experience and enjoy), and place-keeping (maintaining and enhancing the qualities and benefits of places through long term management), while concentrating on the economic, social, and environmental considerations involved in sustainable urban design. The Urban Design Certificate Program has been endorsed by seven professional associations in BC and Alberta, including the Urban Development Institutes of Alberta, Calgary, and Pacific Region. To satisfy growing demand throughout the country, City Program Urban Design courses are now offered in Ottawa, Calgary, and Edmonton.


June 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm Leave a comment

Mark Roseland’s new book: Toward Sustainable Communities

Gordon Harris, CEO of UniverCity, writes:

I want to draw your attention to a new book written by one of the world’s foremost authorities on sustainable urban planning,  SFU Professor Mark Roseland. In the newest edition of his classic text: Toward Sustainable Communities, which 20 years ago revolutionized the global conversation about environmentally sensitive community planning, Mark uses UniverCity as an exemplary case study. Mark has been a member of our Board of Directors since the Trust’s inception and his leadership in sustainability inspires us all.
[Mark also is also helps direct the City Program’s Sustainable Community Development Certificate program.]

Having rewritten his landmark text on the topic, he offers a host of UniverCity examples among what he describes as the kinds of proven, adaptable initiatives already making communities of all sizes more sustainable. For example, he writes about:

• UniverCity’s green building bylaw, which requires all buildings to outperform the model national building code energy regulations by 30 per cent;

• The new UniverCity Childcare Centre, a net zero-footprint building that actually generates more energy than it consumes and collects or recycles more water than it uses. Jason McLennan, author of the “Living Building Challenge,” has called it “the greenest childcare on the planet.”

• A stormwater management system that fully protects the quality and quantity of water that feeds into the salmon streams flowing from UniverCity’s Burnaby Mountain location.

We are certain that Mark’s new text will remain the preeminent guide for everyone who is working to make the world’s cities more sustainable.

Gordon Harris

June 6, 2012 at 6:59 am Leave a comment

Andreas Rohl Lecture

Yaron Stern provides a summary here.

June 6, 2012 at 6:16 am 3 comments

New Transportation Technologies for Reducing Congestion: The PowerPoint

For those who attended (or those who missed) George Hazel’s presentation at SFU, here is the PowerPoint presentation:


Here’s one of the key slides (click to enlarge):

June 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm Leave a comment