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SFU City Conversations: Vancouverism

Planner Larry Beasley’s book Vancouverism, about our city’s transformation, has just been published. What does it say about Vancouver’s design, its planning framework and concepts, its worldwide admiration and emulation, the things we got right and the things we missed? What lessons might it have for our upcoming Citywide Plan?

Larry is the former co-Director of Planning for the City of Vancouver. He was instrumental in the growth and change of the downtown peninsula, from just another 9-to-5 business park with acres of obsolete industrial space and myriad suburban commuters, to the dynamic, 18-hour-a-day throbbing heart of the Metro region and the province, filled with vibrant street life and parks that are outdoor living spaces.

Please join us at one of those outdoor spaces, Lot 19, the small park at the foot of Hornby Street at W. Hastings Street, with our Presenters, author Larry Beasley and former co-Director of Planning Ann McAfee (who sometimes has a different perspective on their accomplishments).  

Then it will be your turn to make observations, express opinions, and ask questions. It’s a conversation! 

A light lunch will be served on a first come, first served basis.

Copies of Vancouverism will be available for sale.

We thank our supporting sponsor for this event, the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association.


Thursday, July 18, 2019 | 12:30PM - 1:45 PM


Lot 19
855 West Hastings Street

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.


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This SFU City Conversation is a presentation of SFU Public Square,
sponsored by SFU Vancouver and SFU's City Program.

Registration Disclaimer

Please note that while SFU City Conversations continues to be free, registration via Eventbrite is recommended to help anticipate demand. As this event is free, and free events routinely have a high number of no-shows, it is our policy to overbook. Seating is limited, so please be mindful of those who may find it difficult to stand for long periods of time.

Venue Information

Lot 19 is located at 855 W Hastings St, and is located a brief walk from Waterfront and Burrard Stations and numerous bus stops. Bike stalls are available surrounding the plaza. Nearby parking is available underground at 900 W Cordova Street.


There are no public washrooms available, but nearby businesses and SFU buildings have washrooms available a short walk away.


The plaza is fully wheelchair accessible.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this event’s accessibility, feel free to connect with us at or 778-782-5959. If you require ASL or other language interpretation please submit this request no later than 3 weeks in advance.

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