Forum to ask “Can we build high density neighbourhoods without building towers?” (March 19) featuring urban experts Villegas, Condon, Lehto

An open forum entitled “Can we build high density neighbourhoods without building towers?” will look into alternatives to tower construction for neighbourhood densification.

Guest speakers include Lewis N. Villegas and other urban design specialists and planners. The event will be held at 2881 Main St. at 13th (St. Patrick’s Church), from 6:45 to 9pm on March 19, 2012. Further information is available from Residents Association Mount Pleasant at this link. Speakers will explore options to towers that are more resilient, affordable, and compatible with existing neighbourhood character; there will be ample time for Q&A and open discussion.

Can we build high density neighbourhoods without building towers?
A Community Forum amidst the RIZE Rezoning Hearings

Leading up to the March 27th reconvened Public Hearing, Residents Association Mount Pleasant (RAMP) is organizing a Community Forum to look at alternates to tower form development for neighbourhood densification and to discuss the controversial 19-storey RIZE development proposal at Kingsway and Broadway. Guest speakers include urban design specialists and planners Lewis N. Villegas, Professor Patrick Condon and Jim Lehto.

What:             Forum — “Can we build high density neighbourhoods without building towers?”
When:            6:45– 9pm, Monday, March 19, 2012
Where:           2881 Main St at 13th (St. Patrick’s Parish Hall)

Guest speaker Lewis N. Villegas will present the New Urbanism planning paradigm in a multi-media presentation entitled “The Density Fallacy”. Professor Patrick Condon of UBC SALA will speak to the issue of exploring options to towers that are more resilient, affordable, and compatible with existing neighbourhood character. Jim Lehto will summarize the options within C3A zoning. Mr. Lehto formerly served the City of Vancouver as Downtown Development and Downtown Policy Planner. Finally speakers from RAMP will examine the Rize Rezoning design before City Council at the ongoing Public Hearing; alternate design scenarios will be explored within the current zoning. Participants will be encouraged to share their ideas and examine other options for developing the site of the Rize rezoning. The forum will also be an opportunity for residents to come join the discussion and compare notes before the Public Hearing continues.

Urban Design Specialist Lewis N. Villegas says “We can build high density neighbourhoods in Vancouver without building towers.”

The Residents Association Mount Pleasant (RAMP) is a non-profit coalition of volunteers who recognize the unique character of the community and strive to maintain this special neighbourhood.

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