SFU City Conversations | A More Livable RainCity
November is Vancouver’s rainiest month (as you may have noticed). Rain is part of our identity; it makes Vancouver green, and provides us with one of the world’s largest sources of pure water, at low cost. But it also impedes outdoor public life. It’s not the gloom, so much as it’s the drip, drip, drip.
Are there ways to improve the quality of public life during our wet season? Better rain screens over sidewalks? How might we shelter larger public spaces, making them more usable on overcast and wet days but still warm and inviting in the sun?
Then there’s Vancouver’s landscape. This past summer, the city began its Rain City Strategy. The goal is to build environmental resilience and improve water quality in the face of climate change. Rainwater management is the centre of its sustainable Green Infrastructure Implementation plan, but it only addresses the rain that hits the ground.
Might we also adjust some of our landscape preferences? Fewer trimmed hedges and acres of expensively trimmed grass? More beautiful, drought-tolerant native plants?
To learn how Vancouver could re-design itself to create more sheltered public space and foster urban vitality all year round, we welcome landscape architect Jeff Cutler of Space2place along with Eleanor Arkin and Haley Roeser of frida&frank. As always, feel free to bring your lunch!
Please note that while SFU City Conversations continues to be free, but registration via Eventbrite is required. As this event is free, and free events routinely have a high number of no-shows, it is our policy to overbook. In case of a full event, registration may not guarantee entry. Seating is limited and will be available to registered attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.
SFU Harbour Centre is located at 515 W. Hastings St, and is located a brief walk from Waterfront station and numerous bus stops. Bike stalls are available outside the main entrance. Nearby parking is available at 500 & 400 W. Cordova St.
There are washrooms located on all floors of the building. Accessible, private bathrooms and gender-neutral washroom stalls are available on the first floor in the east corridor. All floors within the building are serviced by elevators.
If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this event’s accessibility, feel free to connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-782-5959.
SFU Vancouver at Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings St., Vancouver
We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.