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Post-Covid Recovery ZOOM Workshops -Coming Soon!
Walkability + Vibrancy + Affordability
MetroVancouver's Built City Speaker Series asks the hard questions about walkable + vibrant + affordable neighbourhoods. With Covid-19 and rethinking cities & equity in the Post-Covid recovery, the time of Climate Change and the Internet of Things, we can reshape our future for a more inclusive, innovative and green built environment.
The Built City Speaker Series provides a forum for joint public and professional dialogue and problem solving around hot topics, creating citizen capacity in pedestrian oriented architecture and urban design, as well as urban planning. Such a "public literacy" outreach around vibrant neighborhood design in MetroVancouver has enabled city innovations, its implementation and has garnered regional global livability awards.
Urban Design + Equity + Density-Coming Soon!
Post-Covid Recovery Zoom Workshops
“Commerce is the genesis of cities.”
Jane Jacobs, Author, Death and Life of Great American Cities.
It is a changed world and we while can now see the flattening of the pandemic curve, nothing will be business as usual. We have seen that inequity is a statistically significant indicator of pandemic spread and we will see wave after wave of Covid infections without addressing such inequities.
This Covid-induced catalyst to rethink cities has presented with a very small but powerful window for change through the inadvertent demonstration project where families are biking, with others walking on roadways, re-using the streets as community spaces to connect rather than as car-only lanes. This neighbourhood based possibility for social connectedness could enhance social resiliency through difficult times, essential for economic stability and civil society vibrancy. There have been significant drops in GHG emissions with so many working from home; the post-Covid city may very well be the climate change friendly city.
The current close-to-home focus could be a profoundly transformative opportunity in cities/regions, impacting office space demand, multifamily/ mixed-use housing demand and use programming, impacting the viability of small businesses + public transportation.
Is this a turning point to re-conceive neighbourhoods as economic hubs, with new supporting amenities for home offices as well as fostering new local economic clusters? Could reconfigured "densities with amenities" , re-designed public realms along pedestrian oriented architectural streetscapes help support the feasibility of repatriating some of the economic activity to cities/regions? Enhance multi-modal transportation and strengthen social resiliency and civic society?
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