Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street

Andy Yan: Vancouver in the 21st Century

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 7:00 PM

Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement, the SFU City Program, SFU Public Square, and Vancouver City Planning Commission

If ideas of “Vancouverism” framed city building in Vancouver between 1986 to the present, what might be some of the new ideas on urban life that will lead us into Vancouver’s second century?

As a total sum of its physical environment, institutions, and peoples, Vancouver is a child of the 20th Century and a deeper history of colonialism. Under its current boundaries, the City of Vancouver did not exist until 1928. Most of what residents and visitors regard as contemporary Vancouver was only developed after the Second World War. Now, in the second decade of the 21st Century, this presentation looks at various aspects of life in Vancouver through the lens of social statistics and community cartographies. From real estate ownership to electoral participation to school enrollment, it looks at the social, economic, and political opportunities and challenges facing the City and its region as it moves from a British colonial transit point to a Pacific metropolis. If ideas of “Vancouverism” framed City building in Vancouver between 1986 to the present, what might be some of the new ideas on urban life that will lead us into Vancouver’s second century?

Panelists include:

  • Peter Ladner, author of The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way We Feed Cities and former Vancouver city councilor 
  • Vanessa Timmer, Executive Director of One Earth
  • Matt Hern, author of 'Common Ground in a Liquid City'
  • Moderated by Globe and Mail civic affairs journalist Frances Bula

Andy Yan Bio:

Born and raised in Vancouver, Andrew Yan is a senior urban planner with Bing Thom Architects and a researcher with BTAworks, the firm's research and development division. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning. He has extensively worked in the non-profit and private urban planning sectors with projects in the metropolitan regions of Vancouver, San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles and the cities of Calgary, Reno, Tulsa, New Orleans and San Diego. He specializes in the fields of urban regeneration, applied demographics, Geographic Information Systems, neighborhood development, public outreach, social media, and quantitative research.

Andrew holds a Masters degree in Urban Planning from the University of California - Los Angeles and Bachelor of Arts First Class Honours degree in Geography and Political Science from Simon Fraser University. Andrew is a registered professional planner with the Canadian Institute of Planners. He is a member of the City of Vancouver's Development Permit Board Advisory Panel and City Planning Commission. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Downtown Eastside Neighborhood House and the David Suzuki Foundation’s Climate Council. Andrew has lectured on immigration, Canadian and American Chinatowns, urban development and demographics at UCLA, Simon Fraser University, UBC, and New York University.


Tickets: suggested donation of $10.00. All ticket proceeds will go to the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House Food Program.

Online ticket sales for Andy Yan: Vancouver in the 21st Century are now closed, however there are a limited amount of tickets available at the door. Our box office will be open in the Ground Floor Lobby of Goldcorp Centre for the Arts between 6:00-7:00 pm for this event.

No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Seating is limited, and is available on a first come, first serve basis.


When: Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:00 PM

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

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