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Affordability by Design Conference

September 26, 2006
by Canadian Architect

This Vancouver conference focused on affordable housing solutions takes place from October 19 to 20, and features a public lecture and a workshop. Housing affordability is the Number 1 issue in Vancouver, affecting our way of life and our future. This conference is focused on solutions, particularly those that offer a greater range of housing options for an increasingly diverse market. Both invited speakers and those who attend will be asked to identify barriers to innovations and to come up with design solutions.

The conference will examine:

*new opportunities and ideas in mixed housing design
*best practices from Vancouver and other jurisdictions
*European-style densities
*infill housing on laneways
*adaptive reuse and compatible infill in single-family neighbourhooods
*intensification on major roads, new nodes and transit-oriented development
*thinking outside the box

Karrie Jacobs speaks on “The Perfect $100,000 House – A Search for Great Affordable Housing” on October 19 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the SFU Harbour Centre. It doesn’t get much more American than this: Karrie Jacobs went on the road, looking for happiness in a thousand square feet; she went in search of “The Perfect $100,000 House.” After traversing 14,000 miles, meeting with dozens of architects and builders, she wrote a book about it. Imagine Jack Kerouac with a real-estate licence. There is a lot we can learn from the real purpose of her trip: could architects, developers and contractors meet the challenge of building for $100 a square foot? What, in short, is the hope for affordable housing? Admission to the lecture is free, but reservations are required by e-mailing [email protected] or by calling 604.291.5100. For more details, please visit

This workshop takes place on October 20 from 9:00am to 4:30pm, and will be of interest to senior planning and housing staff of all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, design professionals, developers and builders, students of planning, architecture and related disciplines, and interested members of the public. For workshop details, see Speakers include: Mayor Sam Sullivan, City of Vancouver; Larry Beasley, past Co-Director of Planning, City of Vancouver; lawyer Bill Buholzer, Lidstone Young Anderson; Jay Wollenberg, President, Coriolis Consulting Corporation; Bob Ransford, Senior Consultant, Counterpoint Communications Inc.; Patricia St. Michel, Development Planner, City of Vancouver; Patrick Condon, Associate Professor and James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Liveable Environments, University of British Columbia; Rick Balfour, Rick Balfour and Associates; Joaquin Krakas, Planning Analyst, Holland Barrs Planning Group; and June Christy, Planner, City Plans, City of Vancouver. Facilitators include: Cheeying Ho, Executive Director, Smart Growth BC; Marta Farevaag, Principal, Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg Inc; Marc Lee, Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives; and Robert Barrs, Principal, Holland Barrs Planning Group. The fee for the workshop is $100.

The Affordability by Design Conference is organized and sponsored by the Vancouver City Planning Commission, the SFU City Program, and Smart Growth BC. With generous financial assistance and sponsorship by the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia, Vancity, and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

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