Exhibitions

Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver

Thursday, January 21, 2016 to Sunday, May 15, 2016

From the Vancouver Urbanarium Society and the Museum of Vancouver comes the immersive and timely new exhibition, Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver

As it explores the hottest topics in Vancouver today—housing affordability, urban density, mobility, and public space—Your Future Home invites people to discover surprising facts about the city and imagine what Vancouver might become. This major exhibition engages visitors with the bold visual language and lingo of real estate advertising as it presents the visions of talented Vancouver designers about how we might design the cityscapes of the future. Throughout the run of the exhibition, visitors can deepen their experience through a series of programs, including workshops, happy hours, and debates among architectural, real estate and urban planning experts.


 

Video content from the exhibition

The Land and Public Space in the City of Vancouver - by Andy Yan


 

Thanks to our supporters

The Urbanarium and Museum of Vancouver are grateful for the support of Rositch Hemphill Architects, Marcon Investments Ltd., Wesgroup Properties LP, Macdonald Development Corporation, Glotman Simpson, Richard Henriquez, Henriquez Partners Architects, Rethink, Adera Development Corporation, BTY Consulting Group, Brooks Pooni Associates, PFS Studio, Bruce Haden, Andrew Gruft, Leslie Van Duzer, and Marta Farevaag.

Thanks to the Museum of Vancouver's institutional supporters: City of Vancouver, Province of British Columbia, and the BC Arts Council.

Media sponsors: CBC Vancouver and Vancouver is Awesome.

 

Credits

Museum of Vancouver

Lead Curator: Gregory Dreicer

Curatorial Associate: Jillian Povarchook

Curatorial team: Viviane Gosselin, Jane Lougheed, Wendy Nichols, Alan Kollins

Marketing: Myles Constable

Fabrication and installation: Klaus Koa and Heather Turnbull with Justine Rego, Evan Follweiter, and Nicholas Farrell

Program development: Mitra Mansour

Data Curator: Andy Yan/Bing Thom Architects and Simon Fraser University City Program

Graphic design: Cathryn Bingham, AldrichPears

Exhibition design: Office of McFarlane Biggar Architects + Designers

Design of family guide and related graphics: Mia Hansen

Chinese media representative: Joyce Yang

 

Urbanarium Curatorial Team

Overall coordination: Scot Hein

Case Studies: Marta Farevaag

Future Scenarios: Bruce Haden

Vancouver animation coordination: Bo Helliwell

Communications: Ian Grais/Rethink

Panorama and animation content: Sam M. Khany

Project management and video editing: Elena Chernyshov

Mandarin translation: Minnie Chan

App development: Babak Manavi and Minnie Chan

 

The Urbanarium and Museum of Vancouver would like to thank the contributors of the future scenarios.

Broken City Lab / Contemporary Art Gallery

BTAworks

Campos Studio

Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects

Clayton Blackman, Colin Harper, Shane Oleksiuk

DIALOG

Erick Villagomez

FubaLabo Design

Hapa Collaborative

HCMA Architecture + Design

Henriquez Partners Architects

Kyle Ball, Justine Crawford, Dorcas Yeung

LIMINAL

LWPAC

Measured Architecture

Perkins + Will

PFS Studio

SHAPE

Simcic + Uhrich Architects

Stantec Architecture

Stephanie Robb Architect

 

The Urbanarium and Museum of Vancouver would like to thank the individuals for their participation in the development of Your Future Home.

Justin Barski, Jane Bateman, David Beers, Mahbod Biazi, Craig Birston, Chanel Blouin, Gillian Brennan, Mark Busse, Karen Campbell, Patrick Y. Foong Chang, Thomas Daley, Frank Ducote, Carlos Fang, Megan Faulkner, Michael Flanigan, Steph Hurl, Neal LaMontagne, Derek Lee, Babak Manavi, Matthew McCauley, R.J. McCulloch, Jessika MacDonald, Sean McEwen, Darlene Marzari, Sarah Oxland, Doug Patterson, Blair Petrie, Chris Phillips, Nic Paolella, Omer Rashman, Mitchell Reardon, Andrea Smith, Erick Villagomez, Tate White, and Matthew Woodruff.

 

Your Future Home was made possible by generous contributions from:

AldrichPears Associates

Office of McFarland Biggar Architects + Designers

Bing Thom Architects and Simon Fraser University City Program

GeoSim Systems

Marcon Developments

Reliance Properties

John Atkin and Andy Coupland, changingvancouver.wordpress.com

Henriquez Partners Architects

Rethink

 

Additional contributions:

Vancouver home photographs: Office of McFarlane Biggar Architects + Designers

Vancouver model: James Bligh

Choose YOUR Vancouver photographs courtesy of Vancouver Sun; except BC Bike Race 2015, photo: Dave Silver

Vancouver: Then and Now contemporary photographs courtesy of Andy Coupland;

Historic photographs courtesy of City of Vancouver Archives and Vancouver Public Library.

Virtual Vancouver 3D city model animation provided courtesy of GeoSim Systems.

Aerial photographs of Vancouver: Waite Air Photos

Digital retouching of aerial photos: The Lab—Professional Image Works

Historical artefacts: Museum of Vancouver

January 20, 2016 / 6:00 PM
Urbanarium City Debates 1 - Resolution: Open all neighbourhoods to densification

Experts dispute the future of our region. You decide.

Teams of experts argue competing visions for solving Metro Vancouver’s biggest challenges. Audience members vote before and after each debate, a prize awarded to the team who changes the most minds. A monthly series moderated by David Beers, founding editor of The Tyee. Sponsored by Urbanarium and UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

 

City Debate #1

When: January 20, 6pm

Tickets: Sold Out

 

Resolution: Open all neighbourhoods to densification.

How and where will Vancouver and its region accommodate increased population? In densifying neighbourhoods, where do issues of fairness, democracy, ecology and community preservation come into play? Should any areas be off limits?

Moderator:

David Beers

David Beers founded The Tyee, Canada’s highly awarded independent online source for news and ideas. His solutions-focused journalism has been widely published in Canada and the US. He was an editor at Mother Jones and the Vancouver Sun, and is adjunct professor at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism.

Pro:

Joyce Drohan

Joyce Drohan, Director of Urban Design at Perkins + Will Canada Ltd., is an architect and an urbanist whose focus is sustainable communities. A lead member of master planning teams for South East False Creek and East Fraserlands, she helped to forge Vancouver’s reputation for good city-building. Consistent to all her projects is balancing viability, amenity and growth with livability.  

Brent Toderian

Brent Toderian, city planner and founding principal of TODERIAN UrbanWORKS, is a consultant and thought-leader in advanced urbanism, city planning & urban design. He advises cities & best-practice developers across the region and globe, after six years as Vancouver’s Chief Planner. Brent is President of the Council for Canadian Urbanism, a regular CBC radio columnist, and a writer for many publications.

 

Con:

Michael A. Goldberg

Mike Goldberg, Professor Emeritus of Sauder School of Business, joined UBC in 1968, was Sauder School Dean and AVP International and studied cities, their transportation, housing and land use systems and global competitiveness.  He is a director of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board; Vankic China Fund; Chair of Surrey City Development Corporation, a member WorkSafeBC’s Investment Committee.

Sam Sullivan

Sam Sullivan, MLA for Vancouver False Creek, is a Member of the Order of Canada and former Mayor of Vancouver. As Mayor he championed densification by creating the Ecodensity Initiative and he has served as Adjunct Professor at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

January 20, 2016 / 7:00 PM
MOV Members-Only Opening Reception for Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver

 

MOV Members-Only Opening Reception for Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver

Mingle with other MOV Members and Urbanophiles at this exclusive and popular Opening Receception. 

From the Vancouver Urbanarium Society and the Museum of Vancouver comes the immersive and timely new exhibition, Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver.

As it explores the hottest topics in Vancouver today—housing affordability, urban density, mobility, and public space—Your Future Home invites people to discover surprising facts about the city and imagine what Vancouver might become. This major exhibition engages visitors with the bold visual language and lingo of real estate advertising as it presents the visions of talented Vancouver designers about how we might design the cityscapes of the future. Throughout the run of the exhibition, visitors can deepen their experience through a series of programs, including workshops, happy hours, and debates among architectural, real estate and urban planning experts.

When: January 20, 7:00pm

Tickets: Free - only open to MOV Members*. Purchase or renew your membership here

Schedule:
7:00pm Event begins: exhibition is open for viewing
7:45pm Remarks (approximate time)
10:00pm Closing

Light refreshments and snacks available. Cash bar.

*Note: Members are welcome to bring 1 guest (1 guest per membership; guest must be accompanied  by the Member).

If you would like to attend, it is a great time to become a Member! More information here or call 604.736.4431 ext.0.

February 03, 2016 / 6:30 PM
Sold Out - Urbanarium City Debates 2 - Resolution: Build Fewer Towers

Experts dispute the future of our region. You decide.

Teams of experts argue competing visions for solving Metro Vancouver’s biggest challenges. Audience members vote before and after each debate, a prize awarded to the team who changes the most minds. A monthly series moderated by David Beers, founding editor of The Tyee. Sponsored by Urbanarium and UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

 

City Debate #2

Resolution: Build Fewer Towers. Is Vancouver and its region too quick or too slow to build towers? Are they good or bad for livability and green aims? Are towers the future or past their prime?

When: February 3

Location: UBC Robson Square

Tickets: Sold Out

 

Moderator:

David Beers

David Beers founded The Tyee, Canada’s highly awarded independent online source for news and ideas. His solutions-focused journalism has been widely published in Canada and the US. He was an editor at Mother Jones and the Vancouver Sun, and is adjunct professor at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism.

 

 

Pro

Lance Berelowitz

Lance Berelowitz is a professional planner, urban designer and writer. As principal of URBAN FORUM ASSOCIATES, he provides planning, urban design and communications services across Canada and internationally. His acclaimed book on Vancouver’s emerging urban form, Dream City: Vancouver and the Global Imagination, won the City of Vancouver Book Award.

Oliver Lang

Oliver Lang is a German Canadian architect and entrepreneur, educated at Columbia U, TU Berlin and ETSA Barcelona, licensed in BC, New York and Germany. As principal of LWPAC, a GG medal winning, Vancouver based interdisciplinary architecture firm, he is working on museum, education, urban housing and R&D projects.

 

Con

Dave Ramslie

A Principal and Head of Planning Research, & Sustainability with the Integral Group LLC, Dave is a urban planner focused on resiliency and sustainable development. His work has won numerous international awards and last year he was recognized by the NRDC as one of nine global leaders fighting climate change in cities.

Christopher Vollan

Chris Vollan is VP Development for Rize, a Vancouver company with a twenty year history developing urban infill projects throughout Metro Vancouver.  Recent projects include: The Independent, The Rolston/Yale, Wave, onQue, Gold House and Containers. Chris lives with his smelly old chocolate lab in a really tall east side tower.

February 04, 2016 / 7:00 PM
Talk and Tour: A Desire for Mobility

Talk and Tour:  A Desire for Mobility - A history of past freeway plans, current remnants and future visions

Presented by Lon LaClaire and Steve Brown (City of Vancouver)

Date: February 4

Time: 7:00 pm

Tickets: General $15 | Seniors, Students, Youth $11 | MOV Members FREE. Register here. Admission to Your Future Home is included with event price.

In the mid-20th century, Vancouver was an infant city.  Planners and engineers faced challenges on how to accommodate people’s desire for increased mobility.  It was a time where cities were experiencing massive growth in automobile travel; projections were showing this was going to continue to increase.  Plans to accommodate this growth through the introduction of a freeway network were developed. Cities throughout the world were modifying transit infrastructure, demolishing buildings and building infrastructure to accommodate the automobile.  A local grass roots movement of citizens rallied to obstruct the freeway plan. Some components, however, were built.  A few of the current legacies of this era can be seen through the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts and buildings at the foot of Granville Street.

Join Lon LaClaire and Steve Brown (City of Vancouver), for a journey through time, from the 1970s to the present, examining what was driving the decisions for freeway development. This presentation will review how transportation planning has changed to achieve mobility goals and offer an overview of two current initiatives that aim to bridge the gap between 1970s transportation development and the present. A guided tour through MOV’s new exhibition -  Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver – will follow.

Lon LaClaire is currently the Acting Director of Transportation for the City of Vancouver. He completed his undergraduate degree in engineering at Concordia University in Montreal and his Masters in Transportation Engineering and Structures at the University of Calgary.  Lon has worked at the City of Vancouver for 18 years with the majority of his time spent leading the Strategic Transportation Planning group within the Engineering department.   Prior to this Lon worked on major projects including the Millennium Line SkyTrain, development of the Downtown Transportation Plan and the Canada Line SkyTain.

Steve Brown is the Manager of Traffic and Data Management at the City of Vancouver.  He completed his degree in Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia, has worked for the City of Vancouver for over 12 years and has worked in the private sector in various consulting roles for over 6 years.  During his time, with the City of Vancouver, Steve has led the transportation component of a number of city shaping initiatives such as the initial feasibility review of modifying the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts and the Central Waterfront Hub Framework development. Steve also led the team responsible for creating Transportation 2040, the City of Vancouver’s award winning transportation plan.

Supporting Exhibition Partner:

February 11, 2016 / 7:00 PM
Built City Speaker Series: Capitalism to Craft - Rethinking the Built Environment

The world’s industrial design processes are becoming more precise, more computerized and more perfect.  In contrast, buildings are still hand-made, imperfect and almost crude.  D’Arcy Jones will present recent studio work, highlighting their successes and failures in the pursuit of craft within the limits of contemporary construction. Visual artist, Germaine Koh’s public interventions and urban situations cultivate an active citizenry through play and conceptual provocation. She will present Home Made Home, her project for building small dwellings, which promotes DIY community building and creative strategies for occupying urban space.

Moderated by Adele Weder.

Germaine Koh is an internationally active Canadian visual artist based in Vancouver. Her work is concerned with the significance of everyday exchanges, familiar objects and common places. Koh has been a recipient of the Shadbolt Foundation VIVA Award and a finalist for the Sobey Art Award. Her current projects include League, a regular gathering to play invented sports and games as a practice of collective creative problem-solving, and Home Made Home, an enterprise for building innovative small dwellings. 

D’Arcy Jones heads the award-winning Vancouver D’Arcy Jones Architecture studio.  The studio’s  process is preoccupied with the creation of unique, contextual, and spatial solutions.  On projects of different scales and types, invention and craft are preferential to repertoire and luxury.  Through competitions, design panels, teaching, and lectures, Jones strives to create a practice that is a critical contributor to contemporary culture.

Adele Weder is a Vancouver-based architectural writer who contributes regularly to Architectural Record, Canadian Architect, The Walrus, and other publications across North America and abroad. She is also the curator and coordinator of the exhibition “Ron Thom and the Allied Arts,” which travelled across Canada from 2013 to 2015. Adele is a recipient of the President’s Award in Architectural Journalism and the Metro Vancouver Advocacy Award from the RAIC. She’s a co-author and contributing essayist to books on B.C. Binning, Selwyn Pullan, and others. Her next book project, on Montreal architect Dan Hanganu, will be published by Dalhousie Architectural Press later this year.

Date: February 11

Time: 7:00pm

Admission: SOLD OUT

 

Presentation Partner:

https://www.raic.org/

Supporting Exhibition Partner:

February 19, 2016 / 6:00 PM
Happy Hour: Re-Engaging Vancouver's Water

Presentations, Drinks, and Conversation!

What opportunities exist to create innovative, engaging public spaces in one of Canada’s most densely populated and expensive cities? How can a highly livable city surrounded by unparalleled natural beauty be described as “no fun” or have disengaged, unhappy citizens?

Join us for a lively discussion about what’s possible for Vancouver’s public realm, one that engages the water surrounding Vancouver in new ways. At this event presented by HCMA, people will discover the informed research and creative process behind Coal Harbour Deck (on display in Your Future Home), a project that reclaims Vancouver’s water for a new type of urban space. Visitors can have a look at some other initiatives that HCMA is working on to create and enhance public social spaces, and improve Vancouver’s relationship with water. Access to the Your Future Home exhibition is included with admission to this event.

Following the presentation, Mark Busse will facilitate a discussion about how we can, collectively, create new and engaging public spaces in our city as well as a fun activity with a prize for the best audience contribution! Grab a drink from the cash bar, have a snack, dive in to the issues, and let the ideas and conversation flow!

 

Date: Friday, February 19

Bar open: 6:00-9:00pm

Presentation begins: 7:00pm

Tickets: Advance tickets sales now closed. Tickets still available at the door. $15 adults; $11 Students & Seniors; Free for MOV Members. Access to Your Future Home included with admission.


 

Melissa Higgs is an architect and Associate at HCMA.  Melissa is passionate about creating innovative public buildings where communities come together. Her focus has been designing recreation facilities and arts and culture projects, including the Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre in Surrey, BC. She is experienced leading projects at all scales, including functional programs, renovations and expansions. Melissa is a member of the City of Surrey’s Advisory Design Panel and the AIBC’s Diverse Membership Group.

Paul Fast is an architect and Associate at HCMA. Paul’s work is focused on reconnecting people to their environments through the considered use of material, form, space and light. As an Associate, Paul enjoys the initial stages of concept design when site, user and program are defined. His careful consideration of these key decisions helps to shape the outcome of the design and building process for projects including the Coronation Community Recreation Centre in Edmonton as well as the award-winning UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Together, Melissa and Paul have been leading the research HCMA is conducting on the changing nature of outdoor swimming.

Mark Busse is a recovering communication designer and experienced facilitator with a belief that curiosity and conversation can result in built environments that delight and inspire. Mark’s career has put him on the frontier of applying design methods to social and strategic questions in business, community and the arts, and he has been an outspoken design industry writer, speaker and activist, serving on various industry boards, advisory councils, and education programs. He is the host of Creative Mornings Vancouver and Interesting Vancouver.


 

This MOV Happy Hour event is presented by HCMA.

Supporting Exhibition Partner:

Media sponsor: The Tyee.

February 27, 2016 / 2:00 PM
Out and About Walking Tour: Affordability Struggles

Creating affordable housing for the marginalized often sparks community and institutional challenges. Conflicting neighbourhood visions prompt debates about the deservingness of population groups, appropriate housing sites and support services. Bureaucratic imperatives can compound the issues.

Led by Liz Evans, former executive director of the PHS Community Services Society and Dale McClanaghan, former CEO of VanCity Enterprises, this walking tour in Chinatown, Gastown and the Downtown Eastside will visit sites where affordable housing projects that offer health and outreach services have prompted controversy. Community participants will discuss their experiences with planning and funding debates, and provide suggestions for future initiatives.

Event date: Saturday, February 27

Time: Meet at 1:45pm; tour begins at 2:00pm. Tour ends at 3:30pm.

Event cost: By donation ($5 recommended donation)

Registration: NOW FULL

MeetingSpot: North East Entrance of Tinseltown/International Village Mall at 88 West Pender Street. Tour finishes at the Woodward’s Atrium.

Locations covered:

  1. Vancouver Native Housing – 27 West Pender Street
  2. Pennsylvania Hotel 412 Cordova Street
  3. InSite 139 East Hastings Street
  4. Van Horne Building 22 East Cordova Street
  5. Woodward’s Building Atrium  - end of tour.

 

Tour Leaders:

Liz Evans

Liz Evans has over two decades of experience securing desperately needed housing and services for residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.  She is the co-founder and former executive director of the PHS Community Services Society, an group that provides housing and other services to people with complex drug addictions.  During her tenure, she helped create the first model of its kind by housing active drug users and embedding support services into SRO (single room occupancy) hotel housing, without any requirement for abstinence. Evans received her nursing degree from Ottawa University and previously worked as a nurse in a psychiatric unit.  She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Red Ribbon Award from the Canadian Association for HIV Research (2013), the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for Community Services Government of Canada (2013), and Canada’s Top 40 under 40 (2000).

 

Dale McClanaghan

Dale McClanaghan is a real estate and housing consultant. He was previously CEO of VanCity Enterprises and built numerous social housing and market housing projects including VanCity place For Youth (VCP). The VCP building provides 50 units for formerly street-involved youth in the DTES. Dale established his consulting practice in 2002 and has completed over 50 major studies. Significant publications include City of Vancouver Rental Housing Synthesis Report, municipal housing strategies, student housing demand studies, and a Downtown Eastside SRO and Social Housing Demographic Study. Volunteer activities include Granville Island Trust (Chair), Sanford Housing Society and Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. He has previously served on City of Vancouver Planning Commission (Chair), Vancouver Heritage Foundation (Treasurer) and the Langara College Board. Dale holds an MBA from UBC.

 

Out and About Walking Tour Organizing Partner:

March 19, 2016 / 2:00 PM
Out and About Walking Tour - This City is Ours: A History of Contentious Space in Vancouver.

This City is Ours invites participants to partake in a historical walking tour of downtown Vancouver; exploring public space and the contention that can surround it.

This tour, led by Adrienne Young, Jason Romisher, and Samantha Thompson, is part of Vancouver Historical Tours, a project that explores urban imaginaries in movement, developed with the support of SFU's Department of History. It takes place on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish First Nations, on unceded Coast Salish lands.

Vancouver, as a relatively young city, is often perceived as having very little history. In fact, in its short time a rich historical fabric has formed: comprised of different cultures and communities, conflict and an ever-changing urban landscape. Integral in understanding our current city is having the historical context that can help us interpret the importance of urban sites, even if they look completely different than they did as recently as five years ago. In an age of creative destruction, there is no such thing as physical permanence in an urban built environment. For this reason, Samantha Thompson, Adrienne Young, and Jason Romisher have created a walking tour that provides historical context, particularly offering narratives that are often disregarded by popular discourse. The tour will highlight stories and positions that prevent the erasure of marginalized histories, and provide the opportunity for different voices to be heard. These historical stories are meant to demonstrate that it is possible to create a sense of belonging in the city.

Sites included: Waterfront Station; Steam Clock; Maple Tree Square; CRAB Park; Oppenheimer Park; Carnegie Community Centre; Pigeon Park; Woodward’s; Victory Square; The Lamplighter Pub - we will finish here and participants are invited to join us inside to continue the dialogue after the conclusion of the tour.

Date: Saturday, March 19. 2-4pm.

Tickets: Pay what you can.

This event has reached registration capacity.


 

Tour Leaders:

Adrienne Young is a master’s student in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia, and holds a BA in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University. She is interested in how people interact in and react to buildings and space. Exploring cities is one of her favorite pastimes. She is excited to be participating in this program.

Jason Romisher is a Masters Degree student at Simon Fraser University in the Department of History. Jason received a BA from Queen’s University, BEd from Lakehead University and is currently on leave from a teaching position with Ontario’s Durham District School Board. Jason is passionate about the teaching and studying of history. His hobbies include birding, backcountry hiking and karaoke.

Samantha Thompson is an undergraduate student at Simon Fraser University. She is studying history, geography and urban studies. Samantha’s passions include studying and researching cities and urban spaces, through a critical, feminist perspective. Her discipline focuses on access to social housing, place-making and the role that gender plays in how we interact with the urban built environment. Samantha has a love for writing, hiking, and outdoor education where she works with children in an effort to help them learn about their environment.


 

Out and About Walking Tour Organizing Partner:

 

Special Thanks To: 


 

Event photos by Eesmyal Santos-Brault and Ivanka Lupenec on our Facebook page: here.

March 24, 2016 / 6:00 PM
The Vancouver Quiz Show - Happy Hour Event

Grab a drink and test your knowledge of Vancouver's most pressing issues.

Drawing upon the data and map materials developed for the Your Future Home exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver, this “pub style" quiz show will test people's knowledge of  Vancouver. Members of the audience can play as individuals, or team up to answer questions - created by Data Curator Andy Yan - on housing affordability, urban density, transportation, and public space. (max 8 per team). Hosted by Peter Marriott, Social Planning Analyst for the City of Vancouver. 

These questions evoke the central tenant of this exhibition and concerns about our city.  The past, present, and future challenges and opportunities developing and shaping the issues of affordability, livability, and sustainability will be present. While original and creative (if not totally accurate) answers are entertained from contestants, the show invites the audience to learn more about their City and the critical issues framing its future as a home for present and future generations of Vancouverites.

Date: Thursday, March 24

Time: Bar opens at 6pm; Quiz Show begins at 7pm.

Tickets:  $15 adults; $11 Students & Seniors; Free for MOV Members. Tickets still available at the door. Access to Your Future Home included with admission.


Peter Marriott spends his days quantifying and visualizing information about our complex city and the diverse people that comprise it. He works for the City of Vancouver as Social Planning Analyst, researching social indicators and trends, documenting inequities, and monitoring progress toward the Healthy City Strategy, Vancouver’s social sustainability plan. He holds a Master of Arts in Political Science and is currently pursuing a Master of Urban Studies degree from Simon Fraser University. He lives in the West End and tries to spend as much time outdoors as possible.

Andy Yan is the Data Curator of the Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver exhibition. He is the Acting Director for Simon Fraser University as well as an Urban Planner at Bing Thom Architects and a Researcher at BTAworks, BTA’s research and development division. In his off time, he is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning.


 

Supporting Exhibition Partner:

Media sponsor: The Tyee.

April 03, 2016 / 2:30 PM
Design Sundays Workshop - Modify Vancouver: An Intro to Design Fiction

Modify Vancouver, hosted by the Vancouver Design Nerds, will introduce participants to Design Fiction through the research of guest speaker Ian Wojtowicz.

This workshop will spark creativity, collaboration and a method for generating conceptual ideas as they pertain to local issues around Vancouver’s mobility and public space.

Participants will work in small groups to put theory into action, re-imagining a Vancouver without any limits. Designers use the practice of Design Fiction to propose and provoke discussion about what is and what could be, to produce projects that sit between the plausible and imaginary. This is a unique technique that takes a speculative approach to creative work; think science fiction for the present! Join the Design Nerds and use your creative imagination to design near future realities around such areas as public transportation and public space.

This workshop session is one in a series of four Design Sundays, and can be experienced as such or as a standalone event.

 

Date: April 3, 2:30-5:00pm

Admission: $15 Adults; $13 Students/Seniors; $10 MOV Members

Tickets: Register Here.


 

Workshop Leaders

Jesi Carson is inspired by compelling stories, engaging spaces and discovering cultures through travel. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Interaction Design from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, where she undertook interactive systems design and sustainability studies in addition to human centered design and research. Jesi co-founded Basic Design, a social enterprise with a passion for upcycling, and sits as Board Chair of Cultivate Projects, a non-profit focused on building collaborative food gardens. As a new Project Lead and member of the steering committee for the Vancouver Design Nerds, Jesi strongly believes in the power of design as a tool for activism.

Sarah Hay holds a Bachelors of Industrial Design from Carleton University and a Masters of Applied Arts in Design from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Armed with these and 10 years of experience in the sustainability and design space, she runs a little studio affectionately named Slow & Steady Design. Her clients/collaborators are more often than not ambitiously involved in protecting and restoring our creative, environmental and local economies. Sarah has been involved with the Vancouver Design Nerds since arriving in Vancouver in 2004, which is kind of crazy and a testament to her inherent nerdiness and desire to collaborate with others. She lives on a boat with her family in a cooperatively owned marina in South False Creek.

Theunis Snyman is an aspiring social entrepreneur working his way to not working at all, but doing what he loves. As co-founder of Basic Design and Vancouver Trash Lab, and Project Lead for the Vancouver Design Nerds, Theunis strives to be socially conscious while practicing good design and having fun. Theunis holds a Bachelor's Degree of Industrial Design from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. His creative strength lies in his ability to make and prototype using unconventional materials. An avid dumpster diver, Theunis is not afraid to take risks and fail often on the path to the right design solution, and he believes that good design should have a purpose.

Ian Wojtowicz is an artist and researcher working in new media. His projects have exhibited internationally at venues including ISEA, the Carnegie Museum of Art, The New School, California College of the Arts and Harvard University. He graduated from MIT in 2011 with a Masters in Art, Culture and Technology where he received an MIT Fellowship Award. He has contributed to projects nominated for Genie, Emmy and Webby Awards, as well as featured in Wired Magazine, a TED talk and a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign. Ian was also the Founding Editor of one of the first cultural magazines published online and has taught at Emily Carr University.


 

Modify Vancouver - Design Fiction from The Design Nerds on Vimeo.

 


 

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April 07, 2016 / 7:00 PM
Talk and Tour: Increasing Density, as if Housing People of All Incomes Really Mattered

Kitsilano Neighbourhood House incorporating Low Income Seniors Housing. Open November 2014

Kitsilano Neighbourhood House incorporating Low Income Seniors Housing, which opened November 2014.

 

Talk and Tour: Increasing Density, as if Housing People of All Incomes Really Mattered

Architect and community activist Sean McEwen will present provocative ideas regarding density and affordability as it pertains to Vancouver’s rezoning bylaws and development.  

Currently in Metro Vancouver, the term density is a cautionary signal for many. Rezonings and resulting density increases in existing neighbourhoods are lightning rods for residents to voice concerns about erosion of neighbourhood character. New development typically delivers housing that is unaffordable for most.

Sean McEwen will posit questions that tackle key issues for rezonings in Vancouver. What would happen if a conscious effort was made to utilize our city’s zoning by-laws to provide a more equitable approach to developing new housing? Is it possible to collaborate with the development industry and deliver new housing options that allow moderate and lower income households to access housing in inner city neighbourhoods? Can we tailor densification of our City to allow for economic opportunity, while housing people of all incomes, without drastic erosion of precious neighbourhood character?

Date: Thursday, April 7, 7:00pm

Tickets: $15 Adults; $11 Seniors and Students; Free for MOV Members.

Tickets: Register Here 

 


Presenter

Sean McEwan has been working as an architect for over 40 years in his home city of Vancouver. He consults primarily to the non-profit sector, and has worked in the housing field as an affordable housing advocate. His best-known projects include Mole Hill Community Housing, Kitsilano Neighbourhood House which includes low income seniors housing, and InSite, North America’s first supervised injection facility. As a community activist he has been involved in many development issues in his home neighbourhood of Kitsilano, including local area planning for the Arbutus Lands, often called a model for how new higher density development can be integrated into an existing neighbourhood.  


 

 Organizing Partner

April 10, 2016 / 2:30 PM
Design Sundays Workshop - Dear Vancouver: An Experimental Letter Writing Campaign on Public Space

Dear Vancouver: An Experimental Letter Writing Campaign on Public Space invites participants to brainstorm and create a new and experimental campaign for communicating with, through and across the city of Vancouver.

Workshop coordinators - Justin Langlois and Alicia Medina Laddaga - will lead participants through creative forms of writing to synthesize letters that will be documented and subsequently distributed though post and/or online.

Letter writing campaigns have long been the first line of action by citizens asking for change in their communities. Whether writing to city hall, letters to the editor, or even posters in public places, the ways in which we address our city and one another goes a long way in shaping how we think about and live within Vancouver. Dear Vancouver workshop will implement collective letter drafting of enthusiastic praise, important demands, and open-ended questions to get to know where we live, and how we live in Vancouver. No experience in letter writing is necessary. Non-English speaking community members are highly encouraged to attend.

This workshop session is one in a series of four Design Sundays, and can be experienced as such or as a standalone event.

 

Date: April 10, 2:30-5:00pm

Admission: $15 Adults; $13 Students/Seniors; $10 MOV Members

Tickets: Register Here.


 

Workshop Leaders

Justin Langlois is an artist and educator. Justin is the co-founder of Broken City Lab, and an Assistant Professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Alicia Medina Laddaga is an architecture and urban designer/researcher based in Vancouver


 

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April 17, 2016 / 2:30 PM
Design Sundays Workshop – Make It Rain

The Make It Rain workshop, facilitated by members of The Vancouver Public Space Network (VPSN), explores the concept of making public spaces in rainy climates usable and enjoyable all year round.

Participants will review and discuss precedent studies, followed by a “live” analysis of remote video feeds from around the city of Vancouver. In an effort to work through solutions for more rain friendly city spaces, participants will be asked, ‘what are the impacts of a predominantly rainy climate on the design of public spaces?’

This workshop will develop materials and documentation that will be used as a basis for advocacy and education directed towards making Vancouver’s public spaces better adapted for the rainy months. After participating in the Make it Rain workshop you will be inspired to connect and celebrate one of Vancouver’s most overlooked assets: the rain.

This workshop session is one in a series of four Design Sundays, and can be experienced as such or as a standalone event.

 

Date: April 17, 2:30-5:00pm

Admission: $15 Adults; $13 Students/Seniors; $10 MOV Members

Tickets: Register Here.


 

Workshop Leaders

Stewart Burgess is a project leader who specializes in specific transformations of public spaces. He has contributed to VPSN’s Park(ing) Day activities, the Skytrain Halloween Party, and various Robson Square activations such as the Polka Dot Piano (in collaboration with CityStudio’s Keys to the Street). Stuart joined the VPSN Board of Directors in 2013. In his professional life he is an intern architect with Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects.

Jaspal Marwah is a former VPSN Board member, and current project leader with an interest in art in public spaces. He organized Vancouver's first Park(ing) Day event, and has since been involved in numerous public space interventions, including hosting laser graffiti and coordinating Canada's participation in the world's first public art event to be viewed from space. He currently manages the Active Fiction Project.

Caitriona Feeney recently accepted a VPSN board member position and has been volunteering with the organization since 2011. Since she started with the VPSN, she has been involved with multiple VIVA Vancouver submissions, Robson Square events and the development of the Downtown Public Realm Plan. Caitriona is a former commissioner on the Vancouver City Plan Commission and works as a policy planner in her private practice. Her main interests include public space advocacy, community planning and urban agriculture.


 

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April 22, 2016 / 6:00 PM
A Future We Can't Afford? - Happy Hour Event

Join young citymakers in a discussion about one of Vancouver’s hottest topics for young people: Affordability.

Participatory Video Booth will be on site. 

In the face of skyrocketing housing prices and shrinking vacancy rates, there is no shortage of opinions on how affordability is impacting young people. That said, it’s less common to hear opinions directly from young people themselves. Presented by Metropolitan Collective  and Two by Fore, a diverse panel of young citymakers will share their views on array of questions ranging from the basics – renting, buying, should I stay or should I go? – to the complex – entitlement, Airbnb and who’s not in the room?  

Drawing on their distinct and related city making backgrounds, the panel will additionally address affordability beyond housing, offering interactive discussion relating to mobility, space for leisure and coping strategies.

Join us for an evening of drinks, free-wheeling discussion, open questions and a participatory Video Booth and find out what ‘Vancouver’s lifeblood’ really thinks about affordability in Vancouver.

Date: Friday, April 22

Time: Bar opens at 6pm; Discussion begins at 7pm.

Tickets: $15 adults; $11 Students & Seniors; Free for MOV Members. 

Tickets: Register Here

Access to Your Future Home included with admission.


 

Panelists

Katelyn McDougall is a passionate urbanist and an advocate for sustainable transportation. She is completing her Masters degree in Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University, where she also sits on the Board of Governors. Currently Katelyn works at HASTe on Active School Travel Planning. Katelyn has also worked with several different municipalities and organizations on both Vancouver Island and in the Lower Mainland, managing research projects and community engagement initiatives with OfCity Consulting. In her spare time, she likes to use different artistic mediums such as pottery, photography, and poetry as a means to creatively and critically think about cities. 

As an Engineer and Urbanist, Darren Proulx brings experience from active transportation and transit planning. He is a co-founder of Slow Streets with a focus on researching data-driven multi-modal transportation and land use solutions that make our public investments more productive and our cities more affordable while still remaining interesting places.

Brandon Yan is the Program Coordinator for Out in Schools, an innovative education program that brings independent queer film into BC schools and communities to initiate discussions with youth and educators about safety and inclusion. His past experience includes helping youth play meaningful roles in their communities on youth advisory councils, through granting programs, and through Youth Vital Signs, Vancouver Foundation's youth-led public perception report that informs community investment decisions. As a an energetic community advocate, he volunteers his time around the city and also serves on the Vancouver City Planning Commission to hold space for critical discussion's about Vancouver's future. 

Melanie Matining works to create physically, financially, and emotionally accessible spaces for communities that have been marginalized, including racialized communities, youth and LGBTQ. She works for a community space in Vancouver called Heartwood that focuses on the costs of inaccessibility in cultural and social spaces and the ways that these issues can impact how communities thrive in Vancouver. 

Moderator

Mitchell Reardon is a city-maker and Prinicipal at Metropolitan Collective informed through urban planning and research Exploring the potentials for bottom-up holistic urbanism, his interdisciplinary work centres on people and how they live, work and move through the city. The aim is to establish and communicate the connections among social issues, sustainability, public engagement, physical planning and design, urban economics, walking and biking. Mitchell recently moved back to Vancouver, following 6 years of living and working in Stockholm, Sweden.  

 


 

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Media Sponsor: The Tyee

April 24, 2016 / 2:30 PM
Design Sundays Workshop - Improv-ing the City - Canceled

This event has been canceled but may be rescheduled in the future.

Alec Balasescu and Jonathan Bleackley of Civic Renewal Lab and Jeremy Waller host a role playing and improv workshop that will explore Vancouver’s development, housing, and affordability policies.

Guided by the question, "for whom is the city built?" and borrowing from similar policy based theatre work, participants will be lead in acting out the impact of key housing policies and policy questions, with an interest towards helping residents understand the stakes, opinions and goals of the various players involved, and why finding solutions can be difficult.

Actors will be assigned diverse roles such as homeowner, renter, real estate agent, foreign investor, contractor banker. They will be provided with a current or proposed policy and be asked to act out the implications of that policy. The eventual goal of Improv-ing the City is to help participants better understand the complexity of the issues, what is causing the real estate crisis, and identify what policy changes Vancouver could adopt moving forward to address the problem.

This workshop session is one in a series of four Design Sundays, and can be experienced as such or as a standalone event.

 

 


 

Workshop Leaders

Alec (Alexandru) Balasescu, Ph.D. is an adjunct professor, urban studies, SFU is an anthropologist, writer, curator and author of Paris Chic, Tehran Thrills. Aesthetic Bodies, Political Subjects (ZETA Books, 2007). He publishes extensively in international journals covering interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approaches to urbanism, design, material culture and the body. His research has received support from the Center for German and European Studies, UC Berkeley; the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research; the British Library; the French Institute of Research in Iran; and the Open Society Institute.

Jonathan Bleackley, MES (Master of Environmental Studies) focuses on the intersection between public policy and public engagement, or how people come together to articulate, design and create the structures on which we collectively and individually build our world. He is also a keen environmentalist who has recently developed a secret fascination with economics theory. By day he conducts research and strategic engagement for NGOs and progressive political groups.

Jeremy Waller is a director, writer, dramaturge, and producer for the theatre. His work focuses on tensions between stylization and inexpressible reality, individual trauma and hegemony, ethnography and fiction. His created and directed works, The Dark Between, Trunk, and Trunk Oscillator have been produced across Canada and presented in international festivals, including the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver. He a founding member and the artistic director of Craning Neck Theatre, and associate artist at Theatre Conspiracy. Most recently he directed and co-devised Theatre Conspiracy's mixed reality piece Foreign Radical which won the Critics Choice for Innovation Jessie Award and was dramaturge on Conspiracy's Rio Tinto Alcan winning show Extraction. He is a member of Playwrights Guild of Canada. 

April 30, 2016 / 1:30 PM
Out and About Bike Tour: Versions of Vancouverism. Sold Out.

 

Peddle your way through urban Vancouver and learn about various approaches to density and alternative built form typologies along the way with urban designer, Scot Hein.

The Versions of Vancouverism tour provides interesting background to the design considerations for the Olympic Village midrise community, the Wing Sang Building in Chinatown, Woodward’s, Blood Alley, the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre and three seminal west end towers: The Presidio, Eugenia Place and The Sylvia Hotel addition. In addition to observing density performance, the tour will provide backstories to seminal development achievements. The tour features stops along False Creek, thru Chinatown and Gastown, along Coal Harbour and thru the West End.

Requirements: Bring Your Own Bike and lock (should participants opt for refreshments following the tour).   

Date: Saturday, April 30

Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Tickets: Pay what you can. 

Registration: This tour has reached its maximum registration. 


 

Tour Leader

Scot Hein is the University of British Columbia’s urban designer. Scott teaches in UBC’s Masters of Urban Design Program and was the City of Vancouver’s Senior Urban Designer for over 10 years.


 

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May 07, 2016 / 2:15 PM
Out and About Walking Tour: South False Creek Seawall - A fun way to get around!
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Explore innovative urban design and transportation projects along the seawall from Olympic Village to Granville Island with tour guides David Rawsthorne, Lindsay Neufeld and Allan Moors. 

Widely known for recreation, the Vancouver seawall is also a fun, convenient and normal way for many residents to travel through the city. Highlights of this walk include the Olympic village sustainable development as well as recent and planned improvements to accommodate the large number of residents who regularly use the seawall.  The tour will also include a stop at City Studio, an experimentation and innovation hub where City staff, students and community members design and launch projects on the ground.

The South False Creek Seawall contains some of the newest and oldest sections of Vancouver's Seaside Greenway, dating back to 1975.  It has a unique character and carries high numbers of people walking and cycling, especially in the summer months.  

Note: This is a one way tour. Participants can either walk or buy a ticket on the False Creek Ferry to get back to Olympic Village.

Date: Saturday, May 7

Time: 2:15pm - 4:30pm

Tickets: Pay what you can. 

Registration: Email Public Programs Coordinator, Alan Kollins: akollins@museumofvancouver.ca

 

Tour leaders: 

David Rawsthorne is a Senior Transportation Engineer who has been designing roads, from freeways to bike paths, for over 30 years. Since 2001, his work at the City of Vancouver has focused on improving the city’s quality of life by expanding its walking and cycling infrastructure. In recent years, he has planned and designed many parts of Vancouver's growing network of protected bike lanes. Recently, he has been planning upgrades to the Seawall in South False Creek.

Lindsay Neufeld holds an M.A. in Community and Regional Planning and coordinates engagement and promotion in the City of Vancouver’s Transportation Planning Branch. Since 2014, she has led public engagement processes for several active transportation infrastructure projects throughout the city and helped to spread the joy and other benefits of walking and cycling through the implementation of the Active Transportation Promotion and Enabling Plan. 

Allan Moors is a Registered Landscape Architect with 20 plus years of experience in landscape and public realm design in Canada and abroad. Allan has worked as a Public Realm Designer with the City since 2008, with a focus on public realm improvements associated with the many walking and cycling infrastructure projects undertaken by the City in the recent years. Some examples of projects Allan has worked on include Olympic Village Public Realm Design, Carrall Street greenway, Dunsmuir and Hornby bike lanes, the Bute Street public realm improvements and most recently the proposed upgrades to the Seawall in South False Creek. 


 

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May 10, 2016 / 7:00 PM
DOXA Festival Screening: The Infinite Hapiness

West Coast Canadian Premiere of Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine's documentary film, The Infinite Happiness(France/Denmark, 2015; 85 min.)

Followed by a discussion with special guest Bruce Haden, architect and urban designer.

One sure-fire way to begin a conversation in Vancouver is to start talking about real estate. In collaboration with Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver exhibition, DOXA is proud to offer this special presentation of The Infinite Happiness. Superstar architect Bjarks Ingel’s designs have set a new standard for innovation, invention, as well as a little bit of eccentricity. But at the heart of one of his most iconic design projects is a very simple idea — community. 
 
Copenhagen’s 8 House was designed to resemble a mountain village, with residents able to see, talk to, and belong to their community. (8 House was awarded the Housing Building of the Year at the 2011 World Architecture Festival.) Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine’s series of films on cities and buildings (other projects include London’s Barbican Centre) have a breezy whimsical way that belies the cool intelligence and well-structured nature of their narratives. The Infinite Happiness unfolds a little like a novel in architectural form, with chapters devoted to kids’ parties, a hike up the building’s grass-covered roof, as well as time to check out the neighbors, which include a group of sheep grazing on the marshland below. Contain your housing lust if you are able. But with cozy apartments, a stunning view of the sea and a bike path that winds its way around all nine floors, it is difficult not to drop everything and move to Denmark. I’m already looking at apartments.
-Dorothy Woodend

 


 

Followed by a discussion with special guest, architect and urban designer Bruce Haden. Bruce was principal in charge for DIALOG of Westbank Developments’ Vancouver House project, in collaboration with the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). His design work has been recognized globally, particularly for the Governor General’s and World Architecture Festival winning design of the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos. Recent work includes the new UBC Student Union Building. Until recently Bruce was a partner at DIALOG, a multi-disciplinary design practice with studios in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto.

Bruce has twice chaired the Vancouver Urban Design Panel and has taught at the UBC School of Architecture. He has completed freelance work for CBC Radio with respect to design issues and was the Vancouver correspondent for Canadian Architect Magazine for ten years. He is also a past President of the Board of Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery.

Date: Tuesday, May 10

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Admission: $15 Adults, Students & Seniors. $10 for MOV Members. Prices include GST.  

Open to youth under 18.

Your Future Home and Neon exhibitions, including the museum's Recollecting Expo '86 display, will be open until 7pm on Tuesday May 10. Film ticket holders are welcome to view prior to the screening.

Tickets: Register Here

 


 

Presented in partnership with DOXA Documentary Film Festival

 

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May 12, 2016 / 6:00 PM
Saving Vancouver's Heart - Happy Hour Event
 

Join us for a presentation about what has been lost, saved and what can be done to sustain Vancouver’s communities.

As Vancouver changes, places treasured by Vancouverites are being transformed or lost. Public spaces, including landmark buildings such as the Ridge Theatre have disappeared. Others, such as distinct heritage homes in Vancouver are threatened.
 
How do you want your neighbourhood to look and feel for generations to come? How might residents, business owners and city planner’s work together at devising future plans? What can we do to ensure that Vancouverites balance real estate value with the city’s social and cultural life?
 
This discussion about the heart and heritage of Vancouver—what we want to save and how—will focus on case studies including the Ridge and Pantages theatres, Mole Hill, Corner Stores, and Kooks Garage in Strathcona. It will touch on issues surrounding buildings being considered for redevelopment, such as the Salvation Army Temple and the Hollywood Theatre. 
 
Come talk with presenters who have worked with the City of Vancouver, community organizations, and neighbourhood residents on affordable housing and public buildings. 
 
For this night only! A portion of the glorious RIDGE theatre sign,* which the museum just acquired, will be on display.

 

Date: Thursday, May 12

Time: Bar opens at 6:00pm; Presentation and Discussion at 7:00pm.

Tickets: $15 adults; $11 Students & Seniors; Free for MOV Members. Entrance to the Your Future Home exhibition is included with admission.

Register Here

*The RIDGE sign was donated by Cressey (Ridge) Development LLP, facilitated by Executive Vice President Hani Lammam, With support of Pattison Sign Group-Western Region, especially Luigi Martini, BC Installation & Service Manager.


 

Speakers:

Scot Hein Scot Hein is the University of British Columbia’s urban designer. Scot also teaches in UBC’s Masters of Urban Design Program and was the City of Vancouver’s Senior Urban Designer for over 10 years.  

 
Robert Brown is President of Catalyst Community Developments Society. Robert has over 35 years of real estate experience including commercial leasing and sales, market housing development, innovative green building, and non-profit development projects. Since 2008, Robert has worked with a variety of not-for-profit organisations seeking to optimize their real estate assets to further their mission. This work spawned the creation of Catalyst, a non-profit real estate development firm that creates projects that provide community benefit, including affordable rental housing and community spaces.
 

Don Luxton, born and raised in Vancouver, has a passionate interest in local history and heritage. Involved in the field of heritage and cultural resource management since 1983, he is a consultant, advocate, educator and author. He has worked on projects throughout western Canada, including municipal planning projects, heritage registers, building restoration, and the development of museums and cultural facilities.  


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Museum of Vancouver presents: Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver on Novus TV

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Maike Evers explores Your Future Home at MOV

City Lights/Novus TV host interviews curator Gregory Dreicer and tours the new exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver.
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Design Sundays: Modify Vancouver - Design Fiction recap

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'Your Future Home' on ShawTV

Gregory Dreicer talks about Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver exhibition at Museum of Vancouver: January 21- May15, 2016
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Maike Evers explores Your Future Home at MOV
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December 15, 2015 / 9:57 AM
New Exhibition Invites Vancouverites to Participate in the Future Design of their City

 

Co-presenters Museum of Vancouver and Vancouver Urbanarium explore challenges and solutions relating to citizens’ greatest concerns

 

Vancouver, BC – From the Museum of Vancouver (MOV), in partnership with the Vancouver Urbanarium Society, comes a provocative and timely exploration of the future of Vancouver. In response to mounting concern about a rapidly changing region, Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver, on display at MOV from January 21 through May 15, 2016, will immerse visitors in an experience that spotlights 20 visions for tomorrow’s city, while focusing on four topical issues: housing affordability, residential density, ease of transportation, and quality of public space.

“Vancouver is a city in flux, undergoing massive growth and redevelopment. With as many as three homes demolished each day, often to make room for denser living, we are experiencing a watershed moment in the history of the region,” says Gregory Dreicer, MOV Director of Curatorial and Engagement. “With everyone already talking about Vancouver’s sky-high housing prices, we want to shift the conversation from real estate to the state of the city. Your Future Home launches from a ‘presentation centre’ into an ‘urban grid,’ in which some of Vancouver’s most creative minds grapple with the city’s thorniest issues. We want to bring more people into debates about what their city might become.”

More than 20 of Vancouver’s leading architects, urban planners, and visionaries will create multimedia scenarios that ask visitors to stop and rethink what they want in their hometown. These scenarios will include a model for a 2,500-foot vertical city that will have visitors challenging customary notions of scale; a strategy for a post-disaster transportation network that caters to bicycles; and a proposal for a network of floating barge parks.

Your Future Home will also contain a fascinating series of case studies that will highlight the role that individuals and communities play in building Vancouver. Stories will speak to the Arbutus Lands redevelopment, upcoming decisions that may transform places like Granville Island, and changes to how we heat buildings downtown.

Visitors of all ages will discover astonishing facts about the unceasing change that has resulted in today’s Vancouver—a city with fewer native residents than any other in North America. Your Future Home will feature a mock 1,400-square-foot ‘sales centre,’ including infographics, animations, dramatic models, panoramic images relating to the downtown core—and the until-now suburban neighbourhoods that make up 95 per cent of the city. People will be encouraged to discuss the exhibition’s future scenarios, give feedback, and propose their own ideas.

Throughout the duration of the exhibition, Vancouverites will be invited to participate in a number of complementary activities, including walking tours, discussions, social events with drinks, and workshops developed to spark conversation about the environments in which we live. A series of hard-hitting debates will focus on public transportation, taxation of vacant properties, affordable housing solutions, and more.

The Vancouver Urbanarium Society and Museum of Vancouver are grateful for the support of Rositch Hemphill Architects, Marcon Investments Ltd., Wesgroup Properties LP, Macdonald Development Corporation, Glotman Simpson, Richard Henriquez, Henriquez Partners Architects, Rethink, Adera Development Corporation, BTY Consulting Group, Brooks Pooni Associates, PFS Studio, Bruce Haden, Andrew Gruft, Leslie Van Duzer, and Marta Farevaag. Additionally, the Museum would like to thank its institutional funders: City of Vancouver, Province of British Columbia, and BC Arts Council, and the exhibition media sponsor: CBC Vancouver.

About: Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)

The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an inde­pendent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

About: Vancouver Urbanarium Society (urbanarium.org)
Urbanarium was founded by a group of prominent Vancouver urbanites, including architects, planners and leading citizens who are passionate about citybuilding. Urbanarium believes in engaging and informing the citizens of Metro Vancouver, in order to help guide decision-making and protect the region’s future well-being. Urbanarium intends to become a respected platform for urban conversation and a place where people can get balanced, unbiased information.

 

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