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 that is as much informed by perceptions of social desire and need as by aesthetics and form.
Week 2: Planning Legislation
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. We’ll also spend some time on the Vancouver Charter to learn what makes Vancouver different from its neighbors.
Week 3: Regionalism 1 – A Federation of Cities
We will explore the canonical texts of regional planning, from the Lower Mainland Regional Planning Board to the Metro Vancouver Regional District, and find how city and transportation planning have been affected. We’ll also learn how Vancouver fits into a larger picture.
Week 4: Regionalism 2 – Planning in the Lower Mainland
The Great Flood of the mid-1940s is now just a distant memory, but that event has some eerie similarities to today’s climate change concerns. We will take a look at this early discourse of regional planning for hints of how our region might deal with future catastrophes.
Week 5: Case Study 1: The City of Vancouver
“Vancouverism” has been a widely studied model for livable development. We will look at the roots of this technique, and identify where it is today. But we will also look at more recent development trends in the city such as the Cambie and Kingsway Corridors, and find whether the city is developing a new model, or falling victim to real estate economics.
Week 6: Case Study 2: The City of Burnaby
We will explore how the City of Burnaby took influences from regional plans to customize a blueprint for its development and learn more about the Metrotown and Town Centre concepts. We’ll also discuss whether these exercises might be a viable model for suburban revitalization.