Presentation Summaries

A summary of the presentations made at the Vancouver Urban Forum was prepared by Jennifer Giesbrecht and Michael Wallberg of the UBC School of Journalism which is available here (PDF file).

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SURVEY RESULTS

A survey was commisioned by the Vancouver Urban Forum to determine the opinions of municipal decision makers on the public hearing process. The survey was conducted by Justason Market Intelligence in May 2012.

 

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The Vancouver Urban Forum seeks to provide an educational and entertaining experience while grappling with some of the most difficult urban issues. It explores the use of social media to provide more interaction with the audience. Some of the presentations will be broadcast at a future date on the community channel Shaw TV Channel 4.

Mass Abedi of Abco Films was on hand to interview Guest Speakers to give them a chance to respond to any comments and questions received through the social media that could not be addressed during the formal program. These responses are available on this Vancouver Urban Forum website as well as YouTube.

The focus of the Vancouver Urban Forum 2012 wasa on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. The 300 delegates gathered at 8:00 AM for a light breakfast. Presentations took place in four sections:

9:00 AM to 10:20 AM First Section.

Wade Grant, James Lightbody, Patrick Condon, Matthew Soules, Brent Toderian, Aldyen Donnelly, Edward Glaeser.

10:20 AM to 10:40 AM Tea Break.

10:40 AM to 12:00 PM Second Section.

Alan Broadbent, Dan Zack, Andrew Ramlo, Trevor Boddy and interactive session.

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM Lunch Break.

1:30 PM to 2:50 PM Third Section.

Musical interlude with Rena Sharon, Tracy Satterfield, Heather Dotto.

Edward Glaeser, James Cheng, Alan Boniface, Stephanie Chang, Shauna Sylvester and interactive session.

2:50 PM to 3:10 PM Tea Break.

3:10 PM to 4:30 PM Fourth Section.

Barb Justason, Max Cameron, Bill Rees, Tamim Raad, Lance Berelowitz, Gil Penalosa with final critiques by Gordon Price, Leslie Van Duzer and Penny Gurstein.

Urban Tour Tuesday June 5.

For guests primarily from out of town there was a lunch and Urban Tour on Tuesday June 5 led by John Atkin and supported by Derek Lee of PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc. and Elizabeth Watts of Elizabeth J. Watts Landscape Architect. John Atkin leads popular walking tours through Vancouver and has published five books and numerous articles on the urban planning and architectural history of Vancouver. The tour was multimodal including bus, Canada Line, ferry and walking. The lunch started at noon while the Urban Tours went from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

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