September 16, 2022

Upcoming events with Great Communities Institute – Sep 29, Oct 20

Exploring the Full Potential of Public Realm

Public Realm is often uninspiring and “copy-paste” these days. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

This fall, explore the future of the public realm with award-winning urban designer Michael von Hausen. Michael will dive into strategies and ideas to advance the full potential of public realm design, planning, and implementation. This presentation will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Bob Ransford, veteran columnist and vice-president of Century Group. Panelists will include:

Jonathan Coté, Mayor, City of New Westminster
Emilie Adin, Director of Climate Action, Planning, and Development, City of New Westminster
Ann McLean, City Architect, City of Surrey

Sept 29
7-9 PM
Anvil Centre, New Westminster

Free event




Public Realm: Learning from Amazing Brentwood, Burnaby, BC 

Drawing from his 40 years of practice and teaching, award-winning urban designer Michael von Hausen will highlight the six fundamental framework elements for next-generation public realm. He will focus on his experience in helping to shape the urban design and public realm concept for “Amazing Brentwood” with the City of Burnaby and Shape Properties.

Burnaby’s mayor Mike Hurley will introduce Michael and provide opening remarks, followed by a panel discussion moderated by veteran urbanist and former Vancouver city councillor Gord Price.  The pane will further explore the successes and lessons learned from “Amazing Brentwood” as it continues to grow and evolve as a “creative” town centre.

Panellists will include Darren Kwiatkowski, executive vice-president, Shape Properties; Andy Yan, director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University; Derek Lee, principal with PWL Partnership; Jennifer Stamp, principal, Groundswell Landscape Architecture; and a representative from the City of Burnaby staff (TBD).

Oct 20
7-9 PM
Shadbolt Centre, Burnaby, BC

Free event

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