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Bell Urban Forum: Vancouverism in a World of Cities

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The Third Annual Bell Urban Forum

Vancouverism in a World of Cities

Thursday, March 7, 2019, 7-9 pm (doors open at 6:30), SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1900
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Nearly twenty years ago, ‘Vancouverism’ began to circulate as an internationally-recognized label for a distinctive set of practices of building, representing, and marketing the virtues of urban life. From planning, development, and architecture to cinema, transnational social movements, and increasingly cosmopolitan currents of migration, the Vancouver city-region has become a reference point for new configurations of density, diversity, and new relations between humans and the natural world. At the same time, Vancouver has become the second or third most expensive housing market on the planet, and it’s all built on the unceded indigenous lands and communities that long predate British North America and Canada. Vancouver provides a unique vantage point from which to view the transformations of space and time — of past, present, and future — in an urban world.

Where have concepts of Vancouverism traveled? How have the images and narratives of Vancouverism evolved? How have these trends co-evolved with changes in the material lived realities of society and nature in the Vancouver region? In this Larry Bell Urban Forum on March 7, Vancouverites will have an opportunity to explore the past, present, and future of Vancouverism in a world of intensifying urban competition and change. The forum includes a panel of distinguished authors who have explored varied facets of Vancouverism in a world of cities.

Presenters and Panelists:

Juliet Carpenter, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Brookes University, and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at the School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia; co-author, “Vancouver: Critical Reflections on the Development Experience of a Peripheral Global City.”

Meg Holden, Professor of Urban Studies and Geography, Director of Urban Studies, Simon Fraser University; author, Pragmatic Justifications for the Sustainable City: Acting in the Common Place.

Tom Hutton, Professor, Centre for Human Settlements and School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia; author, Cities and the Cultural Economy.


Sherry McKay, Professor of Architecture (Emeritus), School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of British Columbia, co-author, “Building Human Agency: A Timely Manifesto.”

Katharyne Mitchell, Professor of Sociology, Dean of Social Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz; author, Crossing the Neoliberal Line: Pacific Rim Migration and the Metropolis.

Geraldine Pratt, Canada Research Chair in Transnationalism and Precarious Labour, University of British Columbia, coauthor, Film and Urban Space: Critical Possibilities.

John Punter, Professor of Urban Design, Cardiff University; author, The Vancouver Achievement: Urban Planning and Design.

Andy Yan, Director, City Program, Simon Fraser University; recipient of Planning Institute of British Columbia Award, Leadership in Advocacy and Innovation.

Elvin Wyly, Professor of Geography and Chair of Urban Studies Coordinating Committee, University of British Columbia.


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The Larry Bell Urban Forum is made possible by a generous donation by Larry Bell to the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. A graduate of the Department of Geography and the Urban Studies Program at UBC, Larry Bell has made extraordinary contributions to Vancouver and British Columbia through a long and distinguished career. He has served as chair and CEO of BC Hydro, deputy minister of the Government of British Columbia, chair of the UBC Board of Governors, and as board member or chair for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Vancouver Board of Trade, the Conference Board of Canada, the Vancouver Hospital Foundation, and the B.C. Transplant Society Board of Trustees. He received the Order of British Columbia in 2007.

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The City Program, SFU Continuing Studies

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