Kiwi Urbanism in Vancouver this Thursday, August 16th

A last-minute special treat via Price Tags:

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Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, needs approximately 30,000 new homes by 2030.  New forms of higher density suburban development need to be developed if Auckland aspires to be both compact and the most livable city in the world.  (Sound familiar, Vancouver?)

David Irwin and Gavin Lister, two urban designers from Auckland, will explore key projects that their practise Isthmus Group are currently designing and building. Isthmus Group is one of the leading urban design and landscape architectural practices in New Zealand; with lots of national and international awards to its name.

The practice is currently designing New Zealand’s largest and most dense new greenfield residential subdivision. But right outside their office in the central city suburb of Freemans Bay,  they have discovered what could be a true Kiwi urbanism—an inspiration they twist and apply to a new inner-city residential development—perhaps the only central city subdivision to be developed for a number of years.

Come hear and see what they’ve learned that might be an inspiration for Vancouver.



Date: Thursday, August 16 @ 7 pm
Location: Room 1700, SFU Harbour Centre (515 West Hastings – map)

Thanks to support from TransLink.


Special Request

Given the short time to get the word out, please consider tweeting this announcement to your followers, placing it on your Facebook page, sending it to your email contacts, and spreading the word through whatever medium works for you.  Shouting from rooftops can work in the appropriate neighbourhoods.

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Cross posted on Spacing Vancouver.

Yuri Artibise

Yuri Artibise is an experienced policy analyst, community engagement practitioner and social media specialist. I have a Master of Public Administration degree with over 10 years of public policy research, analysis, and advocacy experience.

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