A City Built for Change (2007-2008)


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.

Under the umbrella theme A City Built for Change, the Commission organized a number of public engagement and speaker events, including:

  • Adaptability Event
    Adaptability Ideas Forum
    Public lecture by Metro Portland Councilor Robert Liberty on the politics of change in cities.
  • Summit on Change - a workshop where 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.

The Commission also carried out related initiatives including:

  • Youmap festival site
    YouMap festival site
    : 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.