Urban Vitalization

Urban vitalization is a process, which is designed to “turn a place around” and “take a place to a higher level”. How do communities embark on this process? This course will focus on key aspects of community vitalization in North America—theoretical foundations, strategic planning, emerging multicultural transformations, the landscape of inclusion and innovative urban design. Through a series of lectures, case studies, an interactive group exercise as well as a neighbourhood visual observation exercise, this course will delve into the challenges and opportunities facing urban vitalization projects in both small and large communities.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Vancouver 1 Judy Oberlander
Michael von Hausen
$650.00 35 -

This course is available as part of the Urban Design Certificate (elective course) and on an individual basis.

For campus-based courses, registration may close up to one week before the course begins.  

For online offerings, registration may close up to two business days before the course begins. Your course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. The interim dates/times are not your actual online class times.

What will I learn?

In this course, you’ll do the following:

  • Learn to understand the concept of urban vitalization as a community-building process that engages the community in urban design
  • Define the key characteristics of a place as the critical foundation for urban vitalization
  • Apply the core concepts of urban conservation in order to manage a community’s unique assets
  • Develop your ability to present the above ideas in words and images as part of a discussion of urban design

Download a sample course agenda (pdf).

How will I learn?

  • Lectures
  • Case studies
  • Field trips
  • Small-group discussions
  • Applied exercises
  • Group presentations
  • Assignments

Who should take this course?

  • Planners, architects, and landscape architects
  • Engineers, real estate developers, and building technicians
  • Elected officials and local government administrators
  • NGO staff, financiers, and lawyers
  • Community organizers and advocates

How will I be evaluated?

Your grade will be based on a take-home assignment.

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

Professional development credits

  • AIBC CES participants, PIBC members, and BCSLA members may self-report for continuing education learning unit consideration.

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