Special Offer on Vancouverism-expires August 1

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 As a special introductory offer, UBC Press is offering 20% off of Vancouverism for my friends and colleagues. 

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About the book: Until the 1980s, Vancouver was a typical mid-sized North American city. But after the city hosted Expo 86, something extraordinary happened. This otherwise unremarkable urban centre was transformed into an inspiring world-class city celebrated for its livability, sustainability, and competitiveness. This book tells the story of the urban planning phenomenon called “Vancouverism” and the philosophy and practice behind it. Writing from an insider’s perspective, Larry Beasley, a former chief planner of Vancouver, traces the principles that inspired Vancouverism and the policy framework developed to implement it. 

A prologue, written by Frances Bula, outlines the political and urban history of Vancouver up until the 1980s. The text is beautifully illustrated by the author with 200 colour photographs depicting not only the city’s vibrancy but also the principles of Vancouverism in action.

Order online at ubcpress.ca, and enter in the discount code 0311-20 at the checkout screen to receive 20% off the retail price. 

This discount code will expire on August 1, 2019.

Free shipping is applicable to all Canadian orders over $39.95 (before taxes). If you should have any trouble with your order, please contact UBC Press at frontdesk@ubcpress.ca. Thank you!

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Brampton 2040 Vision: Community Engagement

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Urbanism is nothing without community involvement, and the Brampton 2040 vision is proof. Here are two videos that show how Bramptonians shaped a vision for the improvements to their city:

https://drive.google.com/file/ d/1BW_NzhR_ z87JkCQZ0V5hDKnZ7Pjtzm7-/view

SOLD!-CBC’s new podcast focusing on Vancouver’s housing crisis.

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I recently spoke with CBC Radio One’s Stephen Quinn about housing and foreign investment for a new podcast from CBC Vancouver. SOLD! can be downloaded from cbc.ca/podcasts, Apple Podcasts or wherever else you get your podcasts.

As you know, CBC Vancouver will be hosting a forum on housing in partnership with Fairchild Radio on May 9th at Brighouse United Church in Richmond, B.C. from 7:30-9:00pm. We hope to see you there!

Free registration at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ sold-housing-forum- registration-45495963652

Many thanks,

 
   CBC Vancouver Communications
   Vancouver, B.C.
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ECODESIGN FOR CITIES AND SUBURBS, a new free internet course offered on edX by the University of British Columbia

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Architects, urban planners, real-estate developers, landscape architects, and anyone else who is interested in the future of cities – especially students in all these disciplines, should check out this free, open course, taught by Larry Beasley, the former planning director of Vancouver, who is a Distinguished Professor of Practice at UBC, and Jonathan Barnett, a noted authority on urban design from the University of Pennsylvania.

The whole mechanism of city planning and urban development, worldwide, is producing a form of urbanization which is not compatible with our environment. Almost everything that is being built is making the problem worse, and climate change and rapid population growth are turning a badly flawed system into something that could literally end in disaster.

Using real examples from around the world, Beasley and Barnett show how integrating planning, urban design and the conservation of natural systems can produce a sustainable built and natural environment, implemented through normal business practices and the kinds of capital programs and regulations already in use in most communities.

The first session of the course will start April 4th. Here is a link to the full course description and the intro video.