Nearly 20 years ago, Vancouverism began to circulate as an internationally recognized label for a distinctive set of practices of building, representing and marketing the virtues of urban life. From planning, development and architecture to cinema, transnational social movements and increasingly cosmopolitan currents of migration, the Vancouver city-region has become a reference point for new configurations of density, diversity and new relations between humans and the natural world.
At the same time, Vancouver has become the second- or third-most expensive housing market on the planet, and it’s all built on the unceded Indigenous lands and communities that long predate British North America and Canada. Vancouver provides a unique vantage point from which to view the transformations of space and time—of past, present and future—in an urban world.
Where have concepts of Vancouverism travelled? How have the images and narratives of Vancouverism evolved? How have these trends co-evolved with changes in the material lived realities of society and nature in the Vancouver region? In this Larry Bell Urban Forum, Vancouverites explore the past, present and future of Vancouverism in a world of intensifying urban competition and change. The forum includes a panel of distinguished authors who have explored varied facets of Vancouverism in a world of cities.