Opportunities

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 featureĀ  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

Centre A 10th Anniversary Gala

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.

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