Creating space for transformative conversations

City Conversations: October 6

October 06, 2016

arly this year, construction was completed on what looks like a pair of three-storey, hip-roofed houses on East 33rd. Ave. The new development fits comfortably with other homes and Vancouver Specials in the Kensington-Cedar Cottage neighbourhood. But instead of the three single-family houses it replaced, the complex is home to 31 families spanning four generations.

This shared living isn’t for everyone, as attested by multitudes of Lower Mainland houses barricaded behind cedar hedges. But there are now a dozen cohousing projects around BC, and for those who value community over absolute privacy, it's an option beyond condos and apartments. How does it work? Later this month, the City’s housing summit targets the needs of those who work and live in Vancouver. Should cohousing be part of the mix?

Our presenters are Vancouver Cohousing Co-founder and resident Ericka Stephens-Rennie, development consultant and urban planner Michael Mortensen, who is attracted to the concept; and real estate development consultant Herb Auerbach, 'who likes to look at things holistically.'

Then it’s time for your observations, opinions, questions. It’s a conversation! Feel free to bring your lunch.

City Conversations is a presentation of SFU Public Square, sponsored by The City Program and SFU Vancouver.

Registration is not required. Please try to arrive early to ensure a seat.


12:30PM - 1:30PM | Thurs, 6th October 2016
Room 1600, SFU Vancouver,
515 W. Hastings St.