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A Deeper Dive Into Family Friendly Affordable Housing: Workshop with Experts

February 1, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$10 – $17

Join us for the 2nd Built City Speaker Series Event,  2017-18

Explore with professionals how affordable housing is being built in Metro Vancouver. Find out how the urban design of affordable housing for the “missing middle” can contribute to community building and resiliency. Featuring guest speaker, Gordon Price, urbanist, six term City of Vancouver Councillor and a fellow at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue.

Moderated by Gloria Venczel from Architecture Canada, these break out workshop sessions will enable attendees to engage in conversations with five housing professionals on a myriad of relevant topics to the affordable housing discussion including: The role of cooperative housing in an affordable housing strategy; the importance of not warehousing people and designing pedestrian-friendly housing; how millenials are walking the talk of raising kids in condos in the city & how to advocate for more affordable housing; the role of non-profit developers in creating affordable housing; and the significance of online, geo-based community consultation in engaging the “silent majority” around issues like city density  for affordable housing.

Experts will be present at each table, ready to answer your questions in detail. There will be three to five rotations by the attendees throughout the evening.  Experts include: Graham McGarva, Darren Kitchen, Adrian Crook, Robert Brown, and Colleen Hardwick. 

Tea, coffee and pastries will be served.

Note: This event will be videotaped for promotions for a future Built City event.

Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Admission: Adults: $17.00; Seniors and Students: $15; **RAIC Members and MOV Members: $10.

Please register early. Spaces are limited.  Registration

*Online Tickets Sales will end ONE HOUR before the event begins. Remaining tickets on sale at the door / Visitor Services at the time of event.

**RAIC Members: No advance tickets necessary. Please pay at the door the evening of the event to receive the membership rate.

The price of your ticket can be immediately applied to your MOV membership. At $49 an individual adult membership provides FREE access to most MOV public programs all year round!

Guest Speaker

Gordon Price has completed six terms as a Vancouver City Councillor, served on the Board of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (Metro Vancouver), and was appointed to the first board of the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (TransLink) in 1999. Until 2016, Gordon was Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University. He has spoken at numerous conventions and conferences in many countries, is a regular lecturer on transportation and land use for the City of Portland, Oregon, as well as Portland State University, and conducts tours and seminars on the development of Vancouver, BC. Gordon is currently a Fellow with the SFU Centre for Dialogue, and blogs on urban issues, with a focus on Vancouver, at “Price Tags”. www.pricetags.wordpress.com


Graham McGarva, MRAIC, AIA

Resource: Necessity of Pedestrian Oriented Urban Design Around Affordable Housing + City Building.

Graham McGarva is a founding partner of VIA Architecture, a planning and architecture firm dedicated to improving the mobility, liveability and sustainability of cities. Graham is a world renown pedestrian oriented urban designer and architect, spearheading livability decades ahead of the curve. For nearly 30 years, VIA has had led the shaping of the urban communities and transportation systems that form the heart and backbone of one of North America’s most livable cities, Vancouver BC. Outside of Canada, Graham has helped VIA establish an office in Seattle, and has worked in China, Russia, Malaysia, and in the USA.

Darren Kitchen

Resource: What is cooperative housing, is it affordable, what are the different tenure structures and how might that fit me and/or my family?

Darren Kitchen is the Government Relations Director for the Cooperative Housing Federation in BC, since 2005. He has worked for several years in non-profit and municipal housing sectors, and has previously worked on re-financing existing co-ops, negotiating lease renewals, and developing new co-operative housing. www.chf.bc.ca/about/chf-bc-staff

Robert Brown

Resource: How private sector development experience is helping to create non-profit affordable housing without government subsidies.

Robert Brown is the President of Catalyst Community Development Society. Since 2013, CCD has partnered with community organizations, non-profits and municipal governments to create projects that adopt a mixed-income model, with a focus on building new rental homes that are affordable to individuals and families earning total household incomes of between $20,000 and $100,000 a year. Robert brings 39 years experience of real estate, business, and non-profit experience to Catalyst. http://catalystcommdev.org/our-story

Adrian Crook

Resource: Urban blogger walking the talk of raising kids in a condo + how to advocate for your future.

Adrian Crook is a technology entrepreneur and single dad to five kids. He is the 1 condo, 5 kids blogger. He walks the sustainability talk on raising healthy kids in the city. He is also a founding member of Abundant Housing Vancouver because he believes for an increasingly large segment of Vancouver’s population (including his family), purpose built rentals, co-ops, and community land trusts are the only option for increasing secured housing for Vancouver resident. http://5kids1condo.com/author/adrian/  http://www.abundanthousingvancouver.com/about

Colleen Hardwick

Resource: How to reach the “silent majority” for new forms of affordable housing through location based online community/city consultations.

Colleen Hardwick is the Founder and CEO of PlaceSpeak. PlaceSpeak is a pioneering location-based smart cities citizen engagement platform that empowers residents to make a meaningful impact on issues like city planning, public transportation, school districts, and resource development. By participating in public consultations and building stronger neighborhoods, PlaceSpeak empowers you to make a meaningful changes to the communities where you live, work, and play. www.placespeak.com/en/


Gloria Venczel, BES, B.Arch.,  MRAIC, RPPP, MCIP, is an award-winning registered urban designer/planner, instructor, consultant and a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.  Gloria has recently taught the sold-out Urban Land Institute BC’s “Urban Design 101” in the Fall 2017. As the City of North Vancouver’s urban designer, she was responsible for successfully guiding the urban design for the city’s Civic Centre. She was the founding NGO Executive Director for the Smart Growth Canada Network. She is principal of Cityscape Design Inc. www.cityscapedesign.ca


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