Robert Fung’s Gastown

Tour and Reception Tuesday, October 13, 2009 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm Meet in Maple Tree Square by Gassy Jack’s Statue Heritage Vancouver invites you to join Robert Fung, the President of the Salient Group, for a personal guided tour of his Water Street and Maple Tree Square projects – the Alhambra, the Garage, the Cordage, the Grand, and the Terminus. This is a unique opportunity to see the interior of some of these buildings and experience how Robert’s work is transforming Maple Tree Square and Water Street, Vancouver’s historic birthplace. Robert Fung has a passion for redeveloping and reinterpreting heritage buildings for modern, urban life and for reviving old neighbourhoods as vibrant and integrated communities. Following the tour there will be an opportunity to talk with Robert about his vision and how these projects contribute to the revitalization of Gastown, to the City, to the local economy, to the tourism industry, and to the future of Old Vancouver. This event is of particular interest to architects, developers, planners, decision makers and people who are passionate about the future of Gastown. Project architect Mark Ostry, of Acton Ostry Architects, will provide a detailed look at how his architectural ideas Read more

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 www.vjls-jh.com or call 604-628-5672

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

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