Archive for April, 2013

Lecture: “Tubes and Exchanges” – Andrew Blum on the Internet

Tubes and Exchanges: Discovering the Real Places of the Internet
May 2, 7 pm

SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street.

Admission is free, but reservations are required. Reserve at

When a squirrel chewed through a cable and knocked him offline, journalist Andrew Blum started wondering what the Internet was really made of. So he set out to go see it — the underwater cables, secret switches and other physical bits that make up the net. Blum’s talk will take you on a journey through this network of networks.tubes-blum
He will explore its evolution over time and how centralized hubs called Internet Exchanges (there are 350 in the world) are making the Internet faster and more affordable for everyone in the cities where they operate. He will highlight Vancouver’s Internet Exchange, operated by BCNET and located at SFU Harbour Centre, and what it means for the city’s businesses, public post-secondary institutions and future economic development.

REGISTRATION and lecture details here.

Andrew Blum is the author of Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet, the first book-length look at the physical heart of the Internet itself. When not immersed in the Internet’s depths, Blum writes about architecture, design, technology, urbanism, art, and travel.

Sponsored by BCNET, British Columbia Internet Exchanges, and SFU Continuing Studies (City Program)

April 24, 2013 at 2:12 pm Leave a comment


The SFU City Program is now accepting applications for the Urban Design and Sustainable Community Development Certificates. Taught by renowned practitioners and industry leaders, these programs will equip mid-career professionals with the right tools to create positive changes in their communities.

Our hands-on programs feature eight two- and three-day intensive courses. Participants work through the courses over 10-18 months with a group of peers – a cohort – sharing experiences, knowledge and ideas in a multidisciplinary context. Application Deadline for the Fall 2013 cohort is July 15, 2013. Take advantage of our May 2 information session learn more about our Certificate Programs.

Info Session for Urban Design and Sustainable Community Development Certificates
Thurs, May 2, 6-7:30pm
Location: Simon Fraser University Vancouver
Admission: Free but reservations required. Reserve at

Certificate Information:
Sustainable Community Development Certificate
Urban Design Certificate


SFU’s Urban Design Program will be returning to Ottawa from May 9-12, for two courses: Economic Fundamentals, and Ecological Planning and Sustainable Design. These courses are ideal for those who live outside of BC as two courses can be completed back-to-back. More information/registration.


Leading Edge Solutions to House Everyone (SUST905-VA1131)
April 19-20, 2013

Ensuring housing affordability in Metro Vancouver and in communities throughout British Columbia is a major challenge.
In this course, you’ll explore approaches to affordable home ownership and rental. This includes housing for people of low to modest and middle income through non-market and near-market approaches.
You’ll identify the roles that government, non-profit, and the private sector can play in advancing leading-edge solutions to house everyone. You’ll also explore how affordable developments can incorporate green elements.

Instructors/speakers: Tim Wake, affordable housing consultant; Heather Tremain, principal, Urban Fabric Group; Andy Broderick, vice president, Community Investment, Vancity Credit Union; more TBA

Urban Design – Public Realm (URBD789-VA1131)
April 12-13, 2013

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.

Instructors: Michael von Hausen, president, MVH Urban Planning and Design Inc.; Frank Ducote, Frank Ducote Urban Design Inc.

April 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm Leave a comment

Election Update: Transportation Forum – Apr 18

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