Who has an interest and could benefit from contributing to creating a city of the future, – to creating a future for the City of Vancouver. Who has an interest and could benefit from exploring how we can create community around our common interests and our creative possibilities for our community?
The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods
Twenty seven community and residents’ associations, covering almost the entire City of Vancouver, have joined together to form the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods with the specific purpose of demanding a more respectful relationship between the City and the communities. The Coalition is working on creating a new development/planning paradigm that will stress community involvement and local influence over land use and zoning decisions.
Virtually every neighbourhood in Vancouver has suffered through the disaster that is development and “community engagement” under the present planning process. Whether it is the failed Community Plans in Marpole, Grandview-Woodland, the West End and Downtown Eastside, or specific developments around False Creek, the Pearson lands in South Vancouver, the Rize and other projects in Mount Pleasant, the downtownification of Oakridge, and the overriding of community opinion in Norquay, the outrage expressed by the affected communities has been the same.
Downtown Vancouver Association
Through citizen engagement and professional facilitation, the Downtown Vancouver Association possesses the unique ability to interpret community aspirations and assist member individuals and organizations in tailoring their visions for a better MetroCore, in an effort to broaden social diversity, improve economic and foster urban innovation.
As an organization with community in mind, the Downtown Vancouver Association is focused on bringing participants from many backgrounds together in order to ‘connect the dots’ on several key urban issues with the end goal of envisioning a more livable MetroCore for Vancouver
UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Our campus and our city are ideal laboratories to respond to the urgent human and environmental issues of our times. Our position on Canada’s west coast connects us to a number of communities, from Cascadia to the Pacific Rim. Alumni and friends of our programs have played pivotal roles in shaping Vancouver into an internationally recognized example of sustainable urban design. Drawing on this history, we continue to prepare collaborative, community-minded designers equipped to become leaders in the fields of the built and natural environments.
Urbanarium believes in informing, educating and engaging the citizens of Metro Vancouver to help guide decision making to protect our future well being. Urbanarium reaches out to the community to provide it with stimulating and easy to understand information about how our urban system works, what forces are acting on it, what alternative futures might happen and what we can do to affect those outcomes.
City Studio Vancouver
CityStudio Vancouver aims to shift the way students, City staff, faculty and community members work together to co-create solutions for our city. CityStudio Vancouver is an innovation hub that brings together city staff, students, faculty and community to co-create experimental projects that make Vancouver more sustainable, liveable and joyful.
Creative Community Leaders
We are a group of Vancouver urban planners and academics including former City of
Vancouver planners who are concerned about the future planning direction in the city. Our
concerns relate to both the need for an overall planning framework for the city but also many
individual project approvals which ignore long held planning values about the need for new
developments to fit in with their surroundings.