Housing Debate

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City Debate #10: Follow Vienna: Subsidize More Housing!

Vienna, one of the world’s most livable cities, has no affordable housing crisis. Four-fifths of new housing is government subsidized. Should Greater Vancouver follow suit?

Join us for the debate and come early to have a drink and explore The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century exhibition. 

Date: Wednesday, May 17

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm Drink Bar and Exhibition Viewing, 7:30pm - 9:00pm Debate

Tickets: Adults: $15.00 + GST. MOV Members: $12.00 + GST. 



Thom Armstrong has more than 30 years of experience in Canada’s co-operative housing movement, holding leadership positions in Saskatchewan, Ontario and BC. Since September 2000, he has been the executive director of the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC and three Community Land Trusts, all headquartered in Vancouver, BC.

Gabu Heindl, architect, urban planner, theorist and Chairwoman of ÖGFA | Austrian Society for Architecture“ specializes in public interventions, cultural and social buildings, urban research and planning. She currently teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts, publishes widely, and curates exhibitions, lectures and symposia on politics in architecture and urban planning. www.gabuheindl.at


Tom Davidoff, associate professor at UBC's Sauder School of Business, obtained degrees from Harvard, Princeton and MIT. Tom has worked in real estate development in Brooklyn, at UC Berkeley, and with two startup real estate intelligence companies; and has advised the White House on housing and mortgage policy.

Antonio Gómez-Palacio is a founding partner of DIALOG and has worked on a range of projects including urban intensification, master planning, mixed-use, transit, heritage, economic development and sustainability, as facilitated through participatory processes. Antonio is regularly called upon to front a strategic conversation on how to deliver city-building objectives through public and private initiatives.

Moderator:  David Beers. David 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.

Debate Organizer: Urbanarium 

Sponsors: SALA, Tyee, Anthem, ReThink, RHA, Reliance, Powershifter, Adera, HCMA, Creative Mornings, Henriquez, MOV

The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century exhibition curated by Wolfgang Förster and William Menkins, explores housing in Vienna, Austria, through its portrait of the city’s pathbreaking approach to architecture, urban life, neighborhood revitalization, and the creation of new communities.

Exhibition Partners

Museum of Vancouver

Western Front

SFU Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology

SFU Institute for the Humanities 

SFU School for the Contemporary Arts

SFU Urban Studies Program

UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture

Vancity Office of Community Engagement

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