Lecture: Vancouver in the 21st Century

On September 24, 2014 Commisisoner Andy Yan gave a lecture on Vancouver in the 21st Century, a co-presentation of SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement and the Vancouver City Planning Commission.

As a total sum of its physical environment, institutions, and peoples, Vancouver is a child of the 20th Century and a deeper history of colonialism. Under its current boundaries, the City of Vancouver did not exist until 1928. Most of what residents and visitors regard as contemporary Vancouver was only developed after the Second World War.

Now, in the second decade of the 21st Century, this presentation looks at various aspects of life in Vancouver through the lens of social statistics and community cartographies. From real estate ownership to electoral participation to school enrollment, it looks at the social, economic, and political opportunities and challenges facing the City and its region as it moves from a British colonial transit point to a Pacific metropolis.

If ideas of “Vancouverism” framed City building in Vancouver between 1986 to the present, what might be some of the new ideas on urban life that will lead us into Vancouver’s second century?

Andy Yan is a senior urban planner with Bing Thom Architects and a researcher with BTAworks, the firm’s research and development division.

The lecture was followed a panel discussion moderated by Globe and Mail civic affairs journalist Frances Bula. Panellists included:

  • Peter Ladner, author of The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way We Feed Cities and former Vancouver City Councillor
  • Vanessa Timmer, Director of One Earth
  • Matt Hern, Groundswell Director and author of Common Ground in a Liquid City

video of the lecture and panel discussion is available on the SFU website.  Slides from the presentation are available on Andy’s SlideeShare page.

The lecture and panel event is part of the Vancouver City Planning Commission’s program of dialogues on the future of the city. Current Commission initiatives are described here.

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