May 21, 2015

SFU Downtown: Upcoming Events of Interest

Everything Will Be | Film Screening And Discussion

This feature documentary by Sundance award-winning director Julia Kwan captures the subtle nuances of a culturally diverse neighbourhood — Vancouver’s once-thriving Chinatown — in the midst of a transformation that plays out across many ethnic enclaves in North America. The community’s oldest and newest members offer their intimate perspectives on the shifting landscape as they reflect on change, memory and legacy. Night and day, a neon sign that reads “EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT” looms over Chinatown. Everything is going to be alright. The big question is — for whom?

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Tuesday, May 26

7 pm

Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.

Free. No registration required.

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Getting More with Less from the Grid: Innovations in Energy Demand Management 

Recent statistics show that an average Canadian resident uses over 300 gigajoules of energy each year, equivalent to more than 50 barrels of crude oil. That’s twice the amount as in Japan and many European countries with comparable standards of living. Among the suite of solutions is better managing energy demand, whereby incentives and technologies are put in place to optimize energy consumption, by matching real-time grid supply with usage data and managing peak demand. The May 2015 GTEx Forum will feature insights from energy researcher Dr. Eric Mazzi and energy solution companies EnerNOC, Enbala, and SHM Controls, on effective and practical developments in energy demand management.

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Wednesday, May 27

5 pm

Room 1400, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street

Free with registration.

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 Shaping Vancouver | What Is Neighbourhood Character?

 In this panel, speakers explore the hot topic of neighborhood character in Vancouver. What features give areas their distinctive character? How can we balance heritage conservation with other community and financial interests? How can we ensure new development is responsive to the neighbourhood context? A general discussion with the audience follows and at the end, everyone will be invited to submit feedback on the evening’s topic to the consultants leading the Heritage Action Plan.

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Wednesday, May 27

7 pm

Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street

Free with registration.

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Warren Gill Lecture – Beyond Architecture as a Commodity: Adding Value through Urban Design

As half the world’s population urbanizes by 2050, new cities spring up instantly, often indistinguishable from each other. Buildings are designed as mere commodities, containers for habitation, or icons for vanity. As technology allows almost any form of buildings to dizzying heights, starchitects are sought to create iconic statements or tourist attractions — stand-alone objects without regard for their context or relationships to each other.

Architect James Cheng looks back in order to look forward — and adds his perspective to this urgent dialog.

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Thursday, May 28

7 pm

Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street

Free with registration.

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