Before returning to Vancouver in May 2011, Yuri Artibise—aka the Incurable Urbanist—spent four and a half years creating community in the urban desert that is better known as Phoenix. To this end, he has coordinated Jane’s Walks in both Phoenix and Vancouver. He has also helped organize events such as CenPhoCamp, Park(ing) Day and hosts a month meetup for Vancouver urbanists.
Through his Yurbanism brand, Yuri explores the ‘Y’ of urbanism by sharing ways to make our cities more livable, community-oriented places one block at a time.
Yuri is a recovering public policy wonk with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a depth of experience in the research and analysis of contemporary policy issues. He also is a keen student of public participation, an interest he puts to use as Director of Community Engagement for PlaceSpeak, an online community consultation platform.
Yuri doesn’t post on this site nearly as much as he’d like to these days. To make sure you don’t miss his lastest contributions, sign up for updates via RSS or Email. In the meantime, be sure to check out his contributions to Spacing Vancouver.
As a result of his work, Yuri have been profiled in the following publications:
- Sunset Magazine “First on the Block”
- Phoenix New Times “100 Creatives“
- Arizona Republic “Phoenix celebrates National Park(ing) Day“
- Downtown Devil (ASU) “After years of advocacy, downtown Phoenix advocate packs bags for Canada“
- Arizona Republic “Jane’s Walk celebrates community art, architecture“
“I know of your amazing Jane’s Walk work… Keep it up. You are one of our stars.”
— Roberta Brandes Gratz, award-winning journalist and urban critic, lecturer and author
“Yuri has the ability to organize communities in productive, creative ways, and to inspire people in the process. Organized, efficient, passionate and a great collaborator. Working with Yuri and seeing the results of his dedicated work is a joy.”
— Stephen Goldsmith, Professor, University of Utah College of Architecture and Planning
“Yuri… has his finger on the pulse on the revitalization of downtown more than anyone I can think of and is a tremendous asset to this community!”
“Yuri is well known for his personality and willingness to help wherever he can”
“Yuri’s commitment to exploring and reporting on the urban environment and policy is absolutely remarkable… Yuri doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk for real.”
“Yuri captures his passion for strengthening vibrant communities to get neighborhood members engaged. Yuri guides them into digging deeper into the stories that are encased in our urban environment.”
“Yuri is one of those unique individuals you meet that doesn’t fit any traditional mold – and that’s a good thing… He’s not a “suit” and he’s not a hippie – he’s the best of it all.””
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