FALL UPDATE: Programs, Courses and News

URBAN DESIGN CERTIFICATE – APPLICATION DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 25

Taught by renowned practitioners and industry leaders, the Urban Design Certificate equips 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. There’s still time to apply. Application deadline for the Fall 2013 cohort has been extended to September 25, 2013.

Certificate Information:
Urban Design Certificate

URBAN DESIGN COURSES IN EDMONTON

Urban Design Theory and Practice
October 16-17, 2013

Urban Design: Visual Communication
October 18-19, 2013

Register now.

URBAN DESIGN COURSES – FALL 2013

Theory and Practice

Sept 27-28, 2013

9am-5:30pm

$650

SFU Harbour Centre

Instructors: Scot Hein, City of Vancouver, Michael von Hausen, MVH Urban Planning and Design, Michael Gordon, City of Vancouver, Frank Ducote, Frank Ducote Urban Design.

Information/Registration

Visual Communication
Oct 25-26, 2013
9am-5:30pm
$650
SFU Harbour Centre
Information/Registration

Economic Fundamentals
Nov 15-16, 2013
9am-5:30pm
$650
SFU Harbour Centre
Information/Registration

Implementation Methods
Nov 15-16, 2013
9am-5:30pm
$650
SFU Harbour Centre
Information/Registration

SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COURSES – FALL 2013

Sustainable Economics for the Real World
Nov 1-2, 2013
9am-5:30pm
$650
SFU Harbour Centre
Information/Registration
Instructors: Alexis Morgan, Global Water Roundtable, WWF; and others

Urban Transportation: Planning and Designing for Sustainability
Nov 29-30, 2013
9am-5:30pm
$650
SFU Surrey
Information/Registration
Instructors: Tamim Raad, TransLink, and others

Making Change Happen
Jan 17-18, 2014
9am-5:30pm
$650
SFU Vancouver
Information/Registration
Instructors: Vanessa Timmer, Resourceful Solutions Consulting; Dagmar Timmer, One Earth Initiative Society

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES – FALL 2013

How Photography Can Enhance the Professional Practice of Architecture, Urban Planning, and Design
Nov 6, 2013
8:30am-5:30pm
$252
SFU Vancouver
Information/Registration
Instructor: Richard Hulbert

Real Estate Development from the Inside Out
Feb 17-Mar 24 (each Monday evening), 2014
6:30pm-9:30pm
$467.25
SFU Vancouver
Information/Registration
Instructor: Herb Auerbach

FINANCING URBAN GROWTH: THE USE OF DEVELOPMENT COST CHARGES AND COMMUNITY AMENITY CONTRIBUTIONS,

in NANAIMO

Nov 4, 2013
9:30am-4:30pm
$330 + GST
Coast Bastion Inn, Nanaimo
Instructors: Jay Wollenberg, Coriolis Consulting Corporation; Bill Buholzer, Young Anderson
Information/Registration

This course is co-sponsored by the PIBC’s Vancouver Island North Chapter.

NEW ONLINE TRANSPORTATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Certificate in Next-Generation Transportation
SFU’s new certificate is designed to help mid-career professionals use next-generation transportation strategies to advance livable and sustainable cities of the future. This program is comprised of four online courses. Details

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

The Charrette Institute is looking for one student (specializing in Urban Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture) or recent alumni volunteer to assist with basic tasks for a week long training in downtown Vancouver October 7-11, 8:30-5pm, except Friday the training ends at noon held by the National Charrette Institute. n exchange for volunteering during this week you will also be a student of the course, earning your NCI Charrette System™ Certificate and NCI Charrette Management and Facilitation™ Certificate, typically costing $1,420. We ask that you be available the whole week, participate in the course and assist the Executive Director and the Program Coordinator before, during, and after the course. For training description and further details about NCI please see our website here, http://www.charretteinstitute.org. For further questions regarding volunteering please contact: Heidi Haberbush Tingey, Program Coordinator, heidi@charretteinstitute.org

BC LAND SUMMIT: CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST TO PRESENT

The BC Land Summit Society is pleased to announce the “Call for Expressions of Interest to Present” for the 2014 BC Land Summit. The 2014 BC Land Summit will be held May 14 – 16, 2014 at Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. Register your interest to present at the Summit by October 11, 2013. The Program Committee will utilize the expression of interest responses to help them develop the program. If your submission is selected the Summit Program Committee will contact you directly. The four streams include: Food & Agriculture, Law & the Land, The Natural & Built Environment, and Water & the Land.

The Summit is one of the preeminent interdisciplinary conferences in BC that’s organized by five professional organizations, all of which share ties to land use in British Columbia. The 2014 BC Land Summit has confirmed speakers including: Wade Davis, Anthropologist, Author, Explorer; Chris Hadfield, Astronaut, Former Commander of the International Space Station; Louise Mandell, Queen’s Counsel, Doctor of Laws (hon.); and Catherine Murray, Co-Host and Anchor for BNN, Former VP at Deutsche Ban. Contact Tara Culham, BC Land Summit Society Chair with any questions at admin@bcsla.org or visit http://www.bclandsummit.com .

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September 17, 2013 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

SFU City Program courses – 2013-14

URBAN DESIGN and SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATES – APPLICATION DEADLINE AUGUST 30
Taught by renowned practitioners and industry leaders, the Urban Design Certificate and the Sustainable Community Development Certificate 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. Application Deadline for the Fall 2013 cohort is August 30, 2013.
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SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COURSES – FALL 2013
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Foundation in Sustainable Community Development
Sept 12-14, 2013
9am-5:30pm
$950
SFU Harbour Centre
Instructors: Patrick Condon, University of British Columbia; Helen Goodland, Brantwood Consulting; Patricia Bell, Community Energy Association; Janine de la Salle, HB Lanarc-Golder; Tom Lancaster; Rosemary Cooper, CreatingPLACES, and others
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Applications in Sustainable Community Development
Sept 27-28, 2013
9am-5:30pm
$650
SFU Harbour Centre
Instructors: Spring Gillard, Garden Heart Productions; Nina Winham, New Climate Strategies
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Sustainable Economics for the Real World
Nov 1-2, 2013
9am-5:30pm
$650
SFU Harbour Centre
Instructors: Alexis Morgan, Global Water Roundtable, WWF; and others
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Urban Transportation: Planning and Designing for Sustainability
Nov 29-30, 2013
9am-5:30pm
$650
SFU Surrey
Instructors: Tamim Raad, TransLink, and others
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URBAN DESIGN COURSES – FALL 2013
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Theory and Practice 
Sept 27-28, 2013
9am-5:30pm
$650
SFU Harbour Centre
Information/Registration
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Visual Communication
Oct 25-26, 2013
9am-5:30pm
$650
SFU Harbour Centre
Information/Registration
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Economic Fundamentals
Nov 15-16, 2013
9am-5:30pm
$650
SFU Harbour Centre
Information/Registration
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Implementation Methods
Nov 15-16, 2013
9am-5:30pm
$650
SFU Harbour Centre
Information/Registration
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URBAN DESIGN COURSES in OTTAWA and EDMONTON The Urban Design Program returns to Ottawa on September 18-21, 2013, with two courses. Register now for Public Realm and Designing Integrated Neighbourhoods. And we’ll be in Edmonton on October 16-19, 2013 with Urban Design Theory and Practice and Visual Communication.Register now.
NEW NANAIMO COURSE – FINANCING URBAN GROWTH: THE USE OF DEVELOPMENT COST CHARGES AND COMMUNITY AMENITY CONTRIBUTIONS
Nov 4, 2013
9:30am-4:30pm
$330 + GST
Coast Bastion Inn, Nanaimo
Instructors: Jay Wollenberg, Coriolis Consulting Corporation; Bill Buholzer, Young Anderson
Information/Registration
This course is co-sponsored by the PIBC’s Vancouver Island North Chapter.
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NEW ONLINE PROGRAM Certificate in Next-Generation TransportationSFU’s new certificate is designed to help mid-career professionals use next-generation transportation strategies to advance livable and sustainable cities of the future. This program is comprised of four online courses. Details
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SFU and CITY OF SURREY TRANSPORTATION LECTURE PROGRAM

This course is a comprehensive introduction to transportation in the Lower Mainland with a particular focus on Surrey. This course gives citizens, professionals, and other stakeholders an opportunity to learn about a range of transportation issues, including roadway planning, the relationship between transportation and land use, and the operation and management of our transportation systems.
This 10-session course occurs on Wednesday evenings from September 11-November 13, 6:30-9:30pm, and Saturday, October 19, 2013, 9am-1pm.  The application deadline has passed, but we are still accepting applications for a limited number of seats available. Please apply as soon as possible.

August 22, 2013 at 9:51 am Leave a comment

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 http://www.sfu.ca/reserve

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)

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APPLY ONLINE FOR THE URBAN DESIGN OR SUSTAINABILITY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATES

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 http://www.sfu.ca/reserve

Certificate Information:
Sustainable Community Development Certificate
Urban Design Certificate

URBAN DESIGN COURSES IN OTTAWA

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.

UPCOMING CERTIFICATE COURSES

Leading Edge Solutions to House Everyone (SUST905-VA1131)
April 19-20, 2013
9am-5:30pm
$630
Info/Register

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
9am-5:30pm
$630
Info/Register

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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REGISTER HERE.

April 3, 2013 at 10:18 am Leave a comment

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:


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Main Lecture:

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Questions and Answers:

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

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