Urban Design Forum: 5! – Five Crucial Decades of City Building
This looks to be an extraordinary lecture series from the new Urban Design Forum at UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. It is part of the launch of the new UBC Master of Urban Design Program.
For September’s Vancouver Urbanist Meetup we are going to head to the Drive and check out the recently open Stateside Craft in the Mercado Building near the corner of 1st Ave and Commercial. We’ll be meeting on Sunday, September 14 from 3 pm until at least 5 pm. (more…)
If you’re a regular reader of Architect This City, you’ll know that I’m a big supporter of public transit. And that’s because, as far as I can tell, it’s the most efficient way of moving lots of people around a big city.
But more and more I’ve been thinking about how technology might change,…
In addition to being an amazing actor, comedian and humanitarian, Robin Williams also had close ties to the running community. In this clip for his Grammy winning 1986 show A Night At the Met, Williams explains how running a marathon delivers a cheaper high than cocaine.
At this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival, a group of journalists, professors, and non-profit leaders were asked to predict the future of livable, walkable cities.
“If I could have one wish for people who live in cities, it’s that we find ways to connect back to nature, to remind [people] that nature isn’t out there—outside the cities—but right in their homes where they live.”—M. Sanjayan, Conservation…
About a month ago, a reader of ATC and friend of mine suggested that I write a post on some of the common misconceptions that people hold about cities. I immediately thought it was a good idea and so I started a draft post with some of my initial thoughts.
Last night I was out for drinks with a friend of mine who runs an architecture firm in the city called Reflect Architecture. We started talking about the importance of marketing and storytelling in city building and then got onto the topic of Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and his firm
For July’s Vancouver Urbanist Meetup we are going to switch things up a bit.
Instead of heading indoors to another pub this month, we are going to enjoy the beautiful summer weather. Vancouver urbanist extraordinaire, Neil Salmond has invited us over to his backyard for an urban picnic! Topics of discussion will include your favourite summer activities in the city. (more…)
The MIT Senseable City Lab recently teamed up with a few other research groups to investigate the relationship between human interactions and city size. If you happen to be a member of the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, you can download the full report here. But in true ATC…
Yesterday a friend of mine sent me this article written by a city planner talking about the death of planning expertise. The article talks specifically about the rise of “community participation” and how it has undermined the modern planning process. (I guess it’s not just…