For the fifth year in a row, the City of Vancouver was selected as the most livable city in the world out of 140 cities surveyed by the Economist Intelligence Unit, a market research department of The Economist magazine. This accolade is not isolated to the City alone as one reviews Vancouver’s (city and region) distinguished recognition over the last decade. A major contributing factor to this continuing recognition is a planning, design, and governance framework that has evolved over the last 50 years.
Michael von Hausen gave an engaging presentation that explores “Vancouverisms” from both a regional and city perspective. First we saw how the region is leading urban intensification, saving valuable farmland, and bringing people back to downtowns like the City of Richmond and Surrey’s City Centre. Then weexplored the details of the City of Vancouver’s urban design, planning, and collaborative model through various plans and case studies. The presentation was followed by an interactive discussion that examined how some of these elements could be applied to Ottawa and the National Capital Region.
Michael von Hausen
Michael brings more than 30 years of teaching, training, facilitating, and working across North America in the areas of land development planning, finance, and urban design. A graduate of Harvard’s Urban Design Program specialized in real estate development economics, Michael is President of MVH Urban Planning & Design Inc., a Vancouver based international consulting practice in sensitive land development planning, sustainable urban design, and community partnerships in Canada, United States, Russia, and Mexico. Michael is the chief instructor, curriculum coordinator, and associate of the award-winning Urban Design Certificate Program at Simon Fraser University. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Urban Studies Program at Simon Fraser University.