As part of the City of Westmount, Quebec’s Imagine Westmount 2040 project, I recently keynoted a webinar that discussed the building of sustainable cities. You can watch it in full here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qshOcSJ2EyQ
For more info on Imagine Westmount 2040, click here: https://engage.westmount.org/en/project/imagine-westmount-2040/
I sat down with John Lewis from the 360 Degree City podcast to discuss best practices for city planners, as well as issues that can befall them. Listen to the full conversation here.
360 Degree City is also available on Apple Podcasts.
Last year, I had the pleasure of aiding the transformation of Downtown Saskatoon into a vibrant, livable urban neighborhood that the city’s residents will be proud of. A detailed description of our plans can be found here:
Prince Rupert is retooling to take command of its future. Through the new 2030 Vision, it is entering into one of the best co-governance models in Canada – it is emphasizing First Nations collaboration, community action, and public-private collaboration. Beasley & Associates is proud to be working on this exciting new project. Read the full 2030 plan here:
We were delighted to be part of a hugely successful public meeting with Mayor
Lee Brain and a host of First Nations representatives. Here are some photos of that event:
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
Check out the summary of Brampton’s exciting 2040 Vision:
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
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I did an interview with CBC about the need for more middle income housing in Vancouver. You can listen to it here: http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/902969923521/
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.