media release

New lecture series honours Warren Gill’s thinking

October 07, 2011

Frank Pacella, SFU City Program, 778.782.5079,
Carol Thorbes, PAMR, 778.782.3035,

Thinking outside the urban box came naturally to the late Warren Gill, a Simon Fraser University geographer and vice-president of university relations. That’s why media were often in pursuit of him, why urban community movers and shakers built close relations with him, and why he is remembered as being instrumental in the development of SFU’s downtown campus.  In honour of Gill’s urban legacy, SFU’s City Program is launching the annual Warren Gill Memorial Lecture series.

Through it, SFU seeks to spotlight and perpetuate the kind of questioning, raising of new ideas and modeling of new ways of thinking about life in the urban context that make Gill’s contributions a legacy for B.C.

The free public inaugural lecture, Makeshift Metropolis — The Insights of Witold Rybcynski—takes place Mon., Oct. 17, 7 p.m., at the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street.

In his lecture, Rybcynski, the Meyerson Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania, will explore the influence that planning theories have had on urbanism in the 20th century.

Rybcynski’s presentation of old and new ideas will demonstrate how mixed-use-developments, downtown living, heterogeneity, density and liveliness are shaping 21st-century living.

Reservations are required. Lecture flyer is downloadable.

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