In 2007, in a climate of intense public discussion about densification as a strategy for sustainable urban growth and development during debates about the City’s Ecodensity initiative, the Commission set out to explore the theme of adaptability — in buildings, in space, in policy — as an essential feature of adaptability. The culmination of the initiative was to be the drafting of a Change Charter for Vancouver.
Public Engagement Events
Under the umbrella theme A City Built for Change, the Commission organized a number of public engagement and speaker events, including:
- Public lecture by Metro Portland Councilor Robert Liberty on the politics of change in cities.
- Summit on Change workshop with a diverse group of Vancouver’s thinkers, dreamers and activists gathered to share reflections on change in the city.
- Public lecture by Robert Kronenburg from Liverpool University, author of Flexible: Architecture That Responds to Change, on adaptable architecture and city building.
- Adaptability Ideas Forum: two workshops, one for students and one for professionals, to examine opportunities for adaptability.
- Adaptability Research: The Commission invited two UBC School of Community and Regional Planning students to examine the theme of adaptability in the Vancouver context.
The Commission also carried out related initiatives including:
- YouMapVancouver: a community asset pilot project in two neighbourhoods combining traditional public engagement approaches with online mapping and community festival events.
- Market Rental Housing proposal to increase the supply of market rental housing and decreasing the cost.
For a description of these initiatives including project documents and reports, please visit the legacy website, A City Built for Change.