Pocket Neighbourhoods: Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World

The public is welcome to spend an evening with Pacific Northwest architect and author Ross Chapin on Wednesday January 23, 2013 in the Frederic Lasserre Building, located at 6333 Memorial Road on the UBC Point Grey Campus.

Pocket Neighboruhoods have nearby neighbours coming together around a shared commons. These small-scale settings foster a sense of community while preserving personal privacy.

Chapin will offer a presentation on this topic for professionals and the general public, sharing stories of communities from around the world, their historic precedents, and the key design principles that give them vitality.

Ross Chapin, FAIA, an architect, land planner and author from Seattle, Washington, has pioneered this approach for 15 years. He has designed dozens of neighbourhood plans for developers across the US and Canada, and has been a development partner on six pocket neighbourhoods, several which have received national housing awards. His book was featured in USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and was on Planetizen’s 2012 Top 10 list of urban planning books.

The presentation takes place from 7:00pm to 9:00 pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

For more information, please visit www.pocket-neighborhoods.net.