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HomesNow: Local Solutions Through Local Collaboration

September 20, 2011

In September 2011, the SFU Centre for Dialogue, in collaboration with the Urban Development Institute, City of Vancouver, Social Planning and Research Council of BC, BC Non-Profit Housing Association and other partners, hosted a free public lecture and invitational workshop to showcase selected local and international projects that have delivered affordable housing for households with incomes between $35,000 and $80,000.

The free evening public lecture, titled Thinking Outside the Box about Affordable Housing, featured internationally-recognized affordable housing expert Avi Friedman, Professor of Architecture at McGill University.

View the Thinking Outside the Box about Affordable Housing lecture here

Following the public lecture, HomesNow hosted a one-and-a-half day inviational workshop of presentations, breakout sessions and dialogue. Participants looked at successful projects and their key components, identified priority action items, and followed through with communications and advocacy to have those actions implemented.

View the suggested action list by Dr. Avi Friedman

Keynote: Dr. Avi Friedman,
Professor, McGill University School of Architecture

Dr. Avi Friedman received his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Town Planning from the Israel Institute of Technology, his Master’s Degree from McGill University, and his Doctorate from the University of Montréal. In 1988, he founded the Affordable Homes Program at the McGill School of Architecture where he teaches. He is known nationally and internationally for his housing innovation and in particular for the Grow Home and Next Home designs. He is the author of ten books and was a syndicated columnist for the CanWest Chain of daily newspapers. He is a practicing architect and the recipient of numerous awards including the Manning Innovation Award and the United Nations World Habitat Award. In the year 2000 he was selected by Wallpaper magazine as 1 of 10 people from around the world “most likely to change the way we live”.

Moderator: Peter Ladner, Fellow, SFU Centre for Dialogue

Peter Ladner is a Fellow of the SFU Centre for Dialogue. His book The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way We Feed Cities, was published by New Society Publishers in fall, 2011, following a two-year Fellowship at the SFU Centre for Dialogue on Planning Cities as if Food Matters. He is a former Vancouver City Councillor, Metro Vancouver director, and publisher of Business in Vancouver newspaper, where he writes a weekly column. Twitter @pladner


event resources

Whistler Employee Housing
Marla Zucht, Whistler Housing Authority General Manager

Branch 6/Burnaby
Andy Broderick, Vancity VP Community Investment

Heather Tremain, Urban Fabric CEO

60 W. Cordova/Vancouver
Gregory Henriquez, Henriquez Partners Architects Managing Partner

Lion's View/Vancouver
Barbara Bacon, HFBC Housing Foundation Executive Director and Jim O' Dea, Terra Housing Consultants Principal

Harmony Flex/Abbotsford
Cherie Enns Planning Consultant

Dr. Avi Friedman's Suggested Action List

Onsite Workshop Program