Japantown Multicultural Neighbourhood Celebration

Saturday March 28, 2009 10am to 9pm All events are free admission Oppenheimer Park and various other locations in the Japantown and Powell Street neighbourhoods Celebration of Japantown’s multicultural neighbourhood with history walking tours, displays and story sharing, daytime activities, a procession, ceremonies, performances, and open artist studios. Produced by Powell Street Festival Society, Tonari …

Sustainability 2.0: The Evolution of Green

The Strathcona Business Improvement Association is proud to present Sustainability 2.0 – The Evolution of Green, building on the success of the first Sustainability 1.0: the Upside of Greening your Business. Learn how collaboration can create new opportunities and build community to help you go green. The event will feature  keynote speaker Majora Carter, founder …

The Future of Old Vancouver

Vancouver Arts and Cultures Forum Creative Conversation The Future of Old Vancouver Old Vancouver is Gastown, Chinatown, Strathcona, Hastings,Victory Square, and Japantown. Heritage Vancouver welcomes guest speakers Ray Spaxman, Aprodicio Laquian, and Jan Sircus to an evening of imagining a future for Vancouver’s historic neighbourhoods. Ray will tell us about current urban planning that could …

Affordable housing can be built at an affordable price

Michael Geller Should really poor people be living next to really rich people in expensive housing on Vancouver’s waterfront? This is a question on many peoples’ minds following the recent revelations about the cost of the southeast False Creek social housing. But it was also a question being asked in 1975 when plans were being …

Homelessness plan needed said Auditor General

The B.C. government lacks a comprehensive plan to deal with the problem of homelessness, Auditor General John Doyle has found in a report released this morning. “We expected government to have an understanding of the causes and patterns of homelessness and to be aware of where key gaps in programs and services existed,” read Doyle’s …

The Universal Solution

An interview with Aprodicio Laquian To solve the problems plaguing the Downtown Eastside, human settlement expert Aprodicio Laquian is advocating a plan that explores successful development models in the city, the region and the world. Aprodicio Laquian is an emeritus professor of human settlement at the University of British Columbia, and author of Beyond Metropolis, …

B.C. architect building toward a solution for everyone

Globe and Mail Vancouver architect Gregory Henriquez talks about his innovative mixed-income, mixed use development that will see wealthy and poor residents sharing the same facility. Gregory Henriquez is a Vancouver architect and author of Towards an Ethical Architecture. He designed the Woodward’s building, a mixed-income development in the Downtown Eastside. The project is a …

Creative Cities

How Do Creative Cities Work? How do creative cities work to address simultaneously the twin goals of enhancing economic dynamism and improving quality of life? The answer to this question revolves around the fascinating interrelationships between three Cs: creativity, competitiveness and cohesion. In a nutshell, the presence of creative activity drives competitiveness throughout the rest …