Japantown Multicultural Neighbourhood Celebration

Saturday March 28, 2009 10am to 9pm All events are free admission Oppenheimer Park and various other locations in the Japantown and Powell Street neighbourhoods Celebration of Japantown’s multicultural neighbourhood with history walking tours, displays and story sharing, daytime activities, a procession, ceremonies, performances, and open artist studios. Read the event programme as a PDF Produced by Powell Street Festival Society, Tonari Gumi, Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall and Vancouver Moving Theatre, in association with a host of community partners or call 604-628-5672

Sustainability 2.0: The Evolution of Green

Dear Friends, Neighbours & Colleagues, The Strathcona Business Improvement Association is proud to present Sustainability 2.0 – the Evolution of Green, building on the success of the first Sustainability 1.0: the Upside of Greening your Business. Learn how collaboration can create new opportunities and build community to help you go green. The event will feature  keynote speaker Majora Carter, founder of Sustainable South Bronx, and a panel of local businesses that represent different stages of green. Learn from businesses that are taking their first green steps and others who have been incorporating green strategies for years. Discover how to collaborate with other businesses on sustainability initiatives and get access to resources on programs for waste/recycling management, transportation, material exchange network, and energy conservation. Read more

Another City Exhibition at Centre A

Another City is a collaborative exhibition on the human condition in response to global cultural change and physical transfiguration of the urban environment. Curator Makiko Hara brings work of artists Masashi Ogura, Yoshihiro Suda and Paul de Guzman. Exhibition March 14 to April 25, 2009 Open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm 2 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1G6 604-683-8326,, Visits to the satellite venues are only available by taking the Walking Tours on Saturdays, March 14, April 11, and April 25 – 4 pm to 5 pm. Meet at Centre A. Centre A – Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art – provides a platform for contemporary Asian art to engage, educate, and stimulate a reflective experience and provoke critical thought. Read more

The Future of Old Vancouver

Vancouver Arts and Cultures Forum Creative Conversation The Future of Old Vancouver Old Vancouver is Gastown, Chinatown, Strathcona, Hastings,Victory Square, and Japantown. Heritage Vancouver welcomes guest speakers Ray Spaxman, Aprodicio Laquian, and Jan Sircus to an evening of imagining a future for Vancouver’s historic neighbourhoods. Ray will tell us about current urban planning that could alter Old Vancouver’s future. Prod will talk about Asian cities that have created vibrant neighbourhoods from run-down historic areas. Jan will talk about how successful place making begins with the story. This is an opportunity to contribute ideas to shaping Vancouver’s historic neighbourhoods and creating a future for our heritage. Read more

Affordable housing can be built at an affordable price

Pre-fabricated modular homes could be temporary now, permanent later Michael Geller Special to the Vancouver Sun Should really poor people be living next to really rich people in expensive housing on Vancouver’s waterfront? This is a question on many peoples’ minds following the recent revelations about the cost of the southeast False Creek social housing. But it was also a question being asked in 1975 when plans were being completed for the first phase redevelopment of the south shore of False Creek. And it was asked again in the early 1990s when the Westin Bayshore Hotel parking lot was rezoned for a new community. Read more

Homelessness plan needed said Auditor General

Government lacks clear profile of population Jonathan Fowlie Vancouver Sun The provincial government currrently has no accurate method to track the number of homeless people in the province. The provincial government currrently has no accurate method to track the number of homeless people in the province. The B.C. government lacks a comprehensive plan to deal with homelessness, Auditor-General John Doyle said in a highly critical report released Thursday, adding that he believes homelessness in B.C. is getting worse. Photograph by Ward Perrin Vancouver Sun Read more

The Universal Solution

An interview with Aprodicio Laquian By Mark Hume Globe and Mail Update To solve the problems plaguing the Downtown Eastside, human settlement expert Aprodicio Laquian is advocating a plan that explores successful development models in the city, the region and the world. Aprodicio Laquian is an emeritus professor of human settlement at the University of British Columbia, and author of Beyond Metropolis, a book exploring ways to improve the lives of slum-dwellers in mega-cities such as Mumbai and Manila. He moved to Vancouver from New York in 1991. When was the first time you saw the Downtown Eastside? What surprised you? I first saw the Downtown Eastside in 1976 during the first United Nations Conference on Human Settlements – Habitat I. I was accompanying a delegation of leaders of squatter and slum-dweller organizations from Manila and they asked me to show them a Canadian low-income area. I was not surprised at what I saw in the Downtown Eastside. Still, I could not help but wonder how a beautiful and affluent city like Vancouver could allow a place like the Downtown Eastside to deteriorate when there are so many successful models of inner-city redevelopment that Vancouver city authorities could emulate. Read more

B.C. architect building toward a solution for everyone

Globe and Mail Vancouver architect Gregory Henriquez talks about his innovative mixed-income, mixed use development that will see wealthy and poor residents sharing the same facility. Gregory Henriquez is a Vancouver architect and author of Towards an Ethical Architecture. He designed the Woodward’s building, a mixed-income development in the Downtown Eastside. The project is a bold experiment: When it opens later this year, the development will see wealthy condo dwellers living cheek by jowl with the poor, who occupy 200 subsidized units. Read more

Creative Cities – How we build them

Creative Cities: What Are They For, How Do They Work, and How Do We Build Them? Canadian Policy Research Networks Gertler, M. 2004 What Are Creative Cities For? How Do Creative Cities Work? “Buzz” and the Creative City The Creative Urban Economy Creative Activity and the Recycling of Urban Space Arts, Culture and Urban Identity: Branding Cities and Nations How Do We Build Creative Cities? Federal Policy and the Creative City Provincial Policy and the Creative City Local Action and the Creative City Conclusion: Creative, Competitive, and Cohesive Cities Read the pdf report