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 alter Old Vancouver’s future. Prod will talk about Asian cities that have created vibrant neighbourhoods from run-down historic areas. Jan will talk about how successful place making begins with the story.

This is an opportunity to contribute ideas to shaping Vancouver’s historic neighbourhoods and creating a future for our heritage.

Ray Spaxman, former Director of Planning with the City of Vancouver, was there at the start of the city’s heritage programs in 1973 and oversaw the development of emerging policies until 1989. The Spaxman Consulting Group was lead consultant for the city’s innovative Gastown Heritage Management Plan and the recent Historic Precinct Height Study. Ray is also a volunteer member of the Building Community Society, a group of concerned citizens dedicated to the future of the Downtown Eastside.


Aprodicio Laquian, human settlement expert, is advocating a plan that explores successful development models in the city, the region, and the world to solve the problems plaguing the Downtown Eastside. Aprodicio Laquian is an emeritus professor of human settlement at the University of British Columbia, and author of Beyond Metropolis, a book exploring ways to improve the lives of slum-dwellers in mega-cities such as Mumbai and Manila. He moved to Vancouver from New York in 1991.


Jan Sircus, an internationally recognized creative director, has experience designing innovative attractions, world expo pavilions, Olympic venues, themed environments, and destination resorts. Jan’s skills and background include story, art direction, media and theatrical design, architecture, urban design, and master planning. He is an experienced executive producer guiding and facilitating diverse creative teams. Jan was a Senior Vice President of Creative Development for Walt Disney Imagineering in Los Angeles for 25 years and now lives in Vancouver.

Thursday, March 19, 2009
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Registration at 7:00 pm
Conversation begins at 7:15 pm

The Vancouver Museum
1100 Chestnut Street

Tickets $5:00
Heritage Vancouver Members free