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City program lectures tackle urban issues

January 24, 2008

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Join the SFU City Program’s upcoming free lectures on urban issues. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Email cstudies@sfu.ca; phone 778.782.5100.

Paradise Building: The Challenges of Today’s Vancouver, Feb. 1, 7 pm. Why do our high-rises all look the same? Join Vancouver planning director Brent Toderian and a panel of critics and advocates who will discuss the nature of contemporary urban design.

Paradise Makers: The Neighbourhood Activists, March 7, 7 pm. Community activists including Strathcona’s Shirley Chan, Kitsilano’s Jacques Khouri and community development pioneer Margaret Mitchell recount their battles against freeways, out-of-scale development and other threats to their neighbourhoods.

Paradise Makers: The Back-Room Boys, May 9, 7 pm. Politicos from the 1970s who plotted the strategies, raised the money, ran the campaigns and greased the rails of urban development share their stories.

Shifting Gears: Four evening panel discussions on the future of transportation, March 6, March 19, April 25, May 22, 7 pm. Climate change, health, energy security and economics are all inter-connected issues impacted by the decisions we make about how we move.

Michael Geller’s Planet — Lessons for Vancouver from Around the World, March 20, 7 pm. Highlights from former UniverCity president Michael Geller’s recent trip to 31 countries in search of interesting places and good planning ideas.

Paradise Makers: The Developer, April 4, 7 pm. Stanley Kwok, architect and developer, has been a key influence in shaping the way we plan our city. His legacy can be seen in city skylines from Halifax to Dubai.

Archived lecture podcasts are at www.sfu.ca/city/city_pgm.htm.
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