Week 1: Modern Urban Planning: A Brief History
Urban planning has a rich history, but we will hone in on key modern milestones. From Sir Ebenezer Howard (1850–1928) to Jane Jacobs (1916–2006) and others, we will discover a practice as informed by perceptions of social desire and need as by aesthetics and form.
Week 2: Planning Legislation
In Western democracies, the business of development can be a tricky vortex. We will examine legislation from the rezoning process to public hearings, making sense of the sometimes quite complex story of how individual buildings and whole neighbourhoods come into being.
Week 3: How Regional Planning Works
We will explore the canonical texts of regional planning, from the Lower Mainland Regional Planning Board to the Metro Vancouver Regional District. We will see how each has attempted to influence society through city and transportation planning.
Week 4: Regionalism: A Federation of Cities
In the mid-1940s, people in the Lower Mainland demanded a regional response not to gangs but to Mother Nature. But what began as a response to a massive flood spawned a grander discourse about the future, taking a uniquely Cold War fear to address a foreseen environmental crisis.
Week 5: Case Study: The City of Burnaby
We will explore how the City of Burnaby took influences from regional plans to customize a blueprint for its development—for better or worse—and learn more about the Metrotown and Town Centre concepts.
Week 6: Case Study: The City of Surrey
Surrey demonstrates a contrasting tale of development to the Burnaby model: sprawling sub-divisions in the south and east and a challenge to Vancouver’s grandiosity in the revitalized Whalley/City Centre District. We’ll look at what this means for the region’s future as the Fraser Valley grows in prominence.
Who should take this course?
This course is for anyone who is interested in learning about regional development around the Vancouver and Surrey areas.
For certificate students only:
Your instructor will evaluate you based on an essay, which you will complete at the end of the course. You will receive a grade of “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory.”
Peter Hall, Cities of Tomorrow: An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design in the Twentieth Century. Oxford and New York: Basil Blackwell, 1988.