Archive for February, 2013

Is Public Space a Public Good? A synopsis of Mark Kingwell’s public lecture

Katie Stowe has put together a synopsis for the Vancouver Public Space Network blog of what was “an inspired, fascinating, and complex exploration of issues around public space.”

The Skinny

Kingwell kicked of his presentation by delivering a plot-spoiler. The answer is: No. Straight up. Public space is not a public good. Perhaps contrary to popular belief? I’m not sure, but I had the impression that I wasn’t the only surprised attendee, a newbie amidst a sea what seemed to be a sea of urbanism experts. Kingwell’s reasons behind the negative response are multifaceted and complicated – and I’ll do my best to give you my (admittedly) non-philosophers take on them.

Full article here.

February 25, 2013 at 8:44 am Leave a comment

“Sex, Neuroscience and Walkable Urbanism” – with Jeff Tumlin

Jeff Tumlin, principal at Nelson Nygaard and author of the book Sustainable Transportation Planning, spoke to a packed house on January 10, 2013.

Introductory Remarks:

Main Lecture:

Questions and Answers:

February 15, 2013 at 11:13 am Leave a comment

The Next Course: Creating the Future-Friendly Restaurant

An exciting (and affordable) course for those in the food-service industry:


Next Course


Details and registration here.

February 14, 2013 at 2:29 pm Leave a comment