Vancouver as a Gateway City

Thursday, April 10
9:00 a.m–10:15 a.m.
Vancouver Convention Centre West, Room 118/120
Concurrent Session  

Why does Vancouver work so well as a Gateway City? The combination of foreign capital and diverse immigration arriving into the region drives real estate development while the world class infrastructure opens Vancouver to the world and provides the means to export the wealth and expertise of Canadian economic activity. Read more

Vancouver as an Urban Laboratory

Thursday, April 10
10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Vancouver Convention Centre West, Room 110
Concurrent Session  

What you see today in Vancouver is the distillation of pioneering planning policies, innovative architecture and highly creative developers all working to build a world class city. Vancouver has become known for its energetic experimental approach to urban issues leading to its international reputation as a leader in progressive urban development. This enterprising approach now reaches around the world and extends across the local region exemplified by Surrey, one of the fastest growing cities in Canada. Read more

Revolution of Successful Mixed-Use Development (MXD)

Thursday, April 10
1:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m.
Vancouver Convention Centre West, Room 110

Concurrent Session

Initially mixed-use was key to the revitalization of Vancouver’s downtown but now it is seen as a major component of successful urbanization throughout the region. What makes for a diverse range of successful  MXDs and how has that driven land development success in the Canadian context? What can be exported? Read more

A Model for Building Healthy Places

Thursday, April 10
2:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Vancouver Convention Centre West, Room 109

Concurrent Session

Vancouver is known for being an active and healthy city, but how has it achieved this reputation? A series of deliberate policy initiatives aimed at promoting mixed-use, walkable, transit-oriented, resilient, and adaptive buildings and communities have created an environment where healthy lifestyles and sustainability work hand in hand, and capitalize on the City’s natural beauty and gentle climate. Read more

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