Updated: Sep 17, 2020

Written by Joyce M. Drohan, Architect & Urbanist, CanU Board Member

The following blog is the summary of a CanU 2018 presentation by Joyce Drohan while leading the City Design Studio at the City of Vancouver.

Can Vancouver remain one of the most liveable cities in the world?

Vancouver is at a watershed moment. The transformation of the downtown peninsula, which forged the city’s reputation for “liveable urbanism”, is largely complete. The next challenge is developing areas beyond the downtown core. Can the city successfully weave many more residents into these existing neighbourhoods? How will they move around and how will they flourish in a city that has become both unaffordable and, to a large extent, inaccessible for many? The new city plan will determine whether Vancouver remains one of the most liveable cities in the world.

Design is key to giving citizens the tools to make informed choices

Without serious design thinking, the City Plan will remain a set of good ideas, policies and processes not likely to be realized. Why? Because for citizens to embrace a plan that affects their lives so directly, they need to see the implication