“TownShift: Suburb into City” was an open international ideas competition to gather innovative ideas for five of Surrey’s established Town Centres.  Its aim was to “Shift” thinking and opportunities for each of these hubs towards more intense, public-minded and productive urban futures. The categories include:

  • Round-Up – Building Affordability
  • Fleetwood: Marker – Shaping Gateway Identity
  • Guildford: Cornered – Place-Making at Mall’s Edge
  • Newton: New Town – Connecting Density to Transit
  • Semiahmoo: Up – Forming Plaza through Residential Towers

The results are posted here.

In “Banking on the Games afterglow”, Frances Bula discusses the next steps for Millennium’s Olympic Village development with Bob Rennie and Cameron McNeill.

For more information, the article is here.  The initial release is limited to Milan and is expected to cost USD$3,500 to $5,000.

Vancouver engineers its own urban dream – latimes.com

An outsider’s perspective on the current state of the city, Vancouverism and growth in Surrey.

Although radical in its fabrication, the result is a contemporary, aesthetically appealing home.  In addition to cladding, aluminium components provide the structural system, radiant heating & cooling and even the reflective surfaces for the LED ambient lighting.

More information can be viewed here.

In this post to his blog on the Planetizen website for architects and urban planners, Brent Toderian, the City of Vancouver’s Director of Planning, reflects on his meeting last Saturday with Prince Charles, Hank Dittmar who heads The Prince’s Foundation for the Urban Environment, and a number of noted urbanists and sustainability experts.

The blog post is here.

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