Archive for January, 2013

Clouds of Change Report available at SFU City Program online

Now posted on the SFU City Program Resources and Historical Documents site: Clouds of Change, Volumes 1 and 2.

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This document – likely the first attempt by a municipality in North America to address climate change – takes on added signficance.  So the SFU City Program thought we’d make it more easily accessible – here.

[Disclosure: Gordon Price, Director of the SFU City Program, was the Council liaison (and mover the originating motion) to the Task Force.)

Also, for a recollection of the Task Force by one of the members, go here.

January 25, 2013 at 1:11 pm Leave a comment

City of Vancouver’s Urban Design Studio: Waterfront Evolution

The SFU City Program is hosting this presentation produced by the City of Vancouver’s Urban Design Studio on its “Resources” site in order to ensure it gets wider distribution:

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It was originally given at The Waterfront Center’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. in 2012 to celebrate their 25 years of recognizing design excellence and advocacy for urban waterfronts.

The presentation was conceived as a “virtual bike tour” of Vancouver’s waterfront achievements as the City has been fortunate to receive numerous awards from the Centre including, most recently, the Southeast False Creek Public Realm.

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It takes you page by page from Kitsilano to the Downtown East Side along the seawall, showing the major urban-design achievements over the last decade or so – clear, comprehensive, beautifully laid out.

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Credit to Scot Hein and Josh Bassett of the City of Vancouver Urban Design Studio.

Download from here.

January 14, 2013 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

Professional Development Courses

 
Financing Urban Growth: The Use of Development Cost Charges and Community Amenity Contributions – Feb 22, 2013
$240 + HST = $268.80
SFU Vancouver
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This course is a comprehensive, detailed, and practical examination of the economic, legal, planning, and political dimensions of development levies, negotiated community contributions, and density bonusing as means of creating community amenities and infrastructure.
 
 
Instructors: Jay Wollenberg, president, Coriolis Consulting Corp; Bill Buholzer, associate, Young Anderson
 
 
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Real Estate Development from the Inside Out – Mondays Feb 18-March 25, 2013
$445 + HST = $498.40
 
SFU Vancouver
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This course provides insight into the industry for people who deal with real estate developers or want to learn how the development industry is structured, how it functions, who the players are, what motivates them, and how they interact. You’ll benefit from a variety of personal stories from developers with a wealth of experience.
 
Instructors: Herb Auerbach, development manager consultant; Michael Mortensen, senior development manager, Grosvenor Americas
 
Guest Speakers: Deana Grinnell, director of Land Development, Parklane; Bob Nicklin, CEO of Affordable Housing Societies; Sandra Cawley, principal, Burgess, Cawley, Sullivan and Associates Ltd.; Keith Burrell, partner, McCarthy Tetrault, Dave Leung, Westbank. 
 
 
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How Photography Can Enhance the Professional Practice of Architecture, Urban Planning, and Design – March 22, 2013
$240 + HST = $268.80
SFU Vancouver
 
Photography can enhance proposals, provide more accurate site and context evaluation, clarify and improve all kinds of communications, reduce time and construction costs, record progress, assist post-occupancy surveys, and help win awards. This course provides a basic understanding of how people visually perceive the environment around them and illustrates how photography can improve your skills and final product.
 
 
Instructor: Richard Hulbert, award-winning and published architect, urban designer, and photographer. 
 
 

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Go ahead – look further.

January 11, 2013 at 1:18 pm Leave a comment