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Vancouver’s Evolving Urbanism:
      More Sustainable, Livable, Vibrant….more Everything




Brent Toderian, MCIP
Director...
Greater Vancouver Regional District
      (now Metro Vancouver)
Our Regional Context




  GVRD Regional Town Centres
The Goal: A Sustainable, Livable, Vibrant Downtown
…and City!
Sustainability through Livability




      The Central Area
      Land Area: 2.2 square miles (579
      hectares)
      ...
We don’t like to brag, but…



                      Vancouver tops cities survey
                      City named No.1 in...
“Living First” and the Central Area Plan
City Plans and Visions
Downtown Livability is density done well:
1. Movement
The most sustainable movement option…
walking (nearness)
Walking infrastructure:
horizontal and vertical
Cycling’s our second choice
Burrard Bridge Trial
A cycle-friendly public realm
All kinds of cycling….
…and we didn’t stage this.
Planning for transit
Not so much transit corridors,
as corridors of urbanism…
Even transit on water…
Downtown Livability is density done well:
2. Design / Quality
City design starts with waterfront design
Height is just a design challenge…
Designing an artful mix
Designing a human-scale
Designing in art   Design AS art
Designing art everywhere
Downtown Livability is density done well:
3. Amenities
Our beaches are our squares…
Our water edge is our public life…
Our parks, through development…
Our squares, through development…
Many more amenities and benefits,
through development
Even “private” spaces are semi-public…
Our central area: A series of experiments
False Creek South
False Creek South
Granville Island
Granville Island
False Creek North
False Creek North
False Creek North from the South Shore (Charleson Park)
1983




2003
Coal Harbour
Coal Harbour
New Developments
                   Shangri-la
                   James K Cheng Architecture
Shangri-la
James K Cheng Architecture
Ritz Carlton (“Vancouver’s Turn”)
Arthur Erickson
Hotel Georgia
HB-IBI
Did “Living First” go on too long?
Has downtown become a resort?
What did we do with the “Metro Core Study”?
What does this mean for “Living First”?
Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion
Convention Centre
Convention Centre
Woodwards
Henriques & Partners
Woodwards
Henriques & Partners
The Downtown Capacity &
View Corridors Study
Skyline, Ridge Line, Shoreline
View ‘A’: Alder Terrace to Mount Seymour



                1987                       2009
Heritage Restorations
Heritage Restorations
Heritage Restorations
General Heights
(pattern)
Special Sites
(punctuation)
Where’s The Square?
Where’s The Square?
Where’s The Square?
Where’s The Square?
Redesigning Granville Street
Carrall Street Greenway

                          Recreational Network
                          Seawall Loop
Carrall Street Greenway
Community Gardens
Community Gardens
Toronto: Vancouverism?
San Diego: Vancouverism?
Let’s look at the rest of Vancouver…
Outside the downtown…
Crossroads
Busby Perkins and Will
Crossroads
Busby Perkins and Will
The Rise
Nigel Baldwin, Architect
Many new building types
Arbutus Walk
Arbutus Walk
Collingwood Village
Oakridge

New Project
East Fraserlands

     New Project
Olympic Village/ SEFC
Olympic Village
Olympic Plaza
Olympic Village
Olympic Village
Olympic Village
Olympic Village
Social Housing Projects
                          Olympic Village
                          Net Zero Building
The new Generation: Sustainability Front and Centre
The challenges are clear…
The challenges
are clear…
Vancouver’s GHG emissions
are not sustainable…




                            BUSBY PERKINS+WILL
We know the Culprits…
The Density / GHG relationship




                                 BUSBY PERKINS+WILL
What is EcoDensity?
                               The search for the metaphor




                                       ...
EcoDensity is about the footprint
Done well, density can enable…
                                 EcoDensity


•  Reduced energy use in
   buildings, gettin...
Housing density and green design
                                   EcoDensity
Many levels of density
     (but no “stable neighbourhoods”)   EcoDensity




•  Arterial mid-rise housing
•  Ground orien...
Laneway Housing
(“Hidden Density”)
                     EcoDensity
EcoDensity was “the big story”
EcoDensity was “the big story”
What does the Charter do?
Resets Vancouver's philosophy
Makes strong commitments
Influences ALL new and existing approaches
Commits to an eco-city of eco-neighborhoods
(a shared responsibility)
Actions
                         EcoDensity


Greener Buildings

•  LEED™ SILVER “PLUS”

•  LEED™ GOLD BY 2010

•  GREEN D...
Actions
                                    EcoDensity

Greener Large Sites

•  District energy
•  Solar orientation
•  Pa...
Actions
                                                 EcoDensity




•  Removing disincentives to
   Green Design
•  En...
Actions
                                    EcoDensity




•  An “Eco”CityPlan
•  New strategies for District
   Energy
• ...
Competition Winner
                            Vancouver Primary




Sturgess Architecture (Jeremy Sturgess) - Calgary
Competition Winners
Many winners addressed Laneway Housing
EcoDensity

Where We Were…
EcoDensity

Where We Are…
From EcoDensity to “The Greenest City in the World?”
The Greenest City in the World by 2020:
      Think you can do better?



•    Urban agriculture
•    District Energy
•   ...
A Carbon Neutral City by 2030?
Council for Canadian Urbanism
Council for Canadian Urbanism
PLAN like you love cities…

  LISTEN like you love opinions…

      DESIGN like you love people…


 … and always challenge...
Thank you.




Brent Toderian, MCIP
Director of Planning
Toderian Vancouver CNU 17
Toderian Vancouver CNU 17
Toderian Vancouver CNU 17
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  1. 1. Vancouver’s Evolving Urbanism: More Sustainable, Livable, Vibrant….more Everything Brent Toderian, MCIP Director of Planning
  2. 2. Greater Vancouver Regional District (now Metro Vancouver)
  3. 3. Our Regional Context GVRD Regional Town Centres
  4. 4. The Goal: A Sustainable, Livable, Vibrant Downtown
  5. 5. …and City!
  6. 6. Sustainability through Livability The Central Area Land Area: 2.2 square miles (579 hectares) Population: 85,000 (2005 Estimate)
  7. 7. We don’t like to brag, but… Vancouver tops cities survey City named No.1 in Americas for quality of living, No.4 in the world
  8. 8. “Living First” and the Central Area Plan
  9. 9. City Plans and Visions
  10. 10. Downtown Livability is density done well: 1. Movement
  11. 11. The most sustainable movement option… walking (nearness)
  12. 12. Walking infrastructure: horizontal and vertical
  13. 13. Cycling’s our second choice
  14. 14. Burrard Bridge Trial
  15. 15. A cycle-friendly public realm
  16. 16. All kinds of cycling….
  17. 17. …and we didn’t stage this.
  18. 18. Planning for transit
  19. 19. Not so much transit corridors, as corridors of urbanism…
  20. 20. Even transit on water…
  21. 21. Downtown Livability is density done well: 2. Design / Quality
  22. 22. City design starts with waterfront design
  23. 23. Height is just a design challenge…
  24. 24. Designing an artful mix
  25. 25. Designing a human-scale
  26. 26. Designing in art Design AS art
  27. 27. Designing art everywhere
  28. 28. Downtown Livability is density done well: 3. Amenities
  29. 29. Our beaches are our squares…
  30. 30. Our water edge is our public life…
  31. 31. Our parks, through development…
  32. 32. Our squares, through development…
  33. 33. Many more amenities and benefits, through development
  34. 34. Even “private” spaces are semi-public…
  35. 35. Our central area: A series of experiments
  36. 36. False Creek South
  37. 37. False Creek South
  38. 38. Granville Island
  39. 39. Granville Island
  40. 40. False Creek North
  41. 41. False Creek North
  42. 42. False Creek North from the South Shore (Charleson Park) 1983 2003
  43. 43. Coal Harbour
  44. 44. Coal Harbour
  45. 45. New Developments Shangri-la James K Cheng Architecture
  46. 46. Shangri-la James K Cheng Architecture
  47. 47. Ritz Carlton (“Vancouver’s Turn”) Arthur Erickson
  48. 48. Hotel Georgia HB-IBI
  49. 49. Did “Living First” go on too long?
  50. 50. Has downtown become a resort?
  51. 51. What did we do with the “Metro Core Study”?
  52. 52. What does this mean for “Living First”?
  53. 53. Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion
  54. 54. Convention Centre
  55. 55. Convention Centre
  56. 56. Woodwards Henriques & Partners
  57. 57. Woodwards Henriques & Partners
  58. 58. The Downtown Capacity & View Corridors Study
  59. 59. Skyline, Ridge Line, Shoreline
  60. 60. View ‘A’: Alder Terrace to Mount Seymour 1987 2009
  61. 61. Heritage Restorations
  62. 62. Heritage Restorations
  63. 63. Heritage Restorations
  64. 64. General Heights (pattern)
  65. 65. Special Sites (punctuation)
  66. 66. Where’s The Square?
  67. 67. Where’s The Square?
  68. 68. Where’s The Square?
  69. 69. Where’s The Square?
  70. 70. Redesigning Granville Street
  71. 71. Carrall Street Greenway Recreational Network Seawall Loop
  72. 72. Carrall Street Greenway
  73. 73. Community Gardens
  74. 74. Community Gardens
  75. 75. Toronto: Vancouverism?
  76. 76. San Diego: Vancouverism?
  77. 77. Let’s look at the rest of Vancouver…
  78. 78. Outside the downtown…
  79. 79. Crossroads Busby Perkins and Will
  80. 80. Crossroads Busby Perkins and Will
  81. 81. The Rise Nigel Baldwin, Architect
  82. 82. Many new building types
  83. 83. Arbutus Walk
  84. 84. Arbutus Walk
  85. 85. Collingwood Village
  86. 86. Oakridge New Project
  87. 87. East Fraserlands New Project
  88. 88. Olympic Village/ SEFC
  89. 89. Olympic Village
  90. 90. Olympic Plaza
  91. 91. Olympic Village
  92. 92. Olympic Village
  93. 93. Olympic Village
  94. 94. Olympic Village
  95. 95. Social Housing Projects Olympic Village Net Zero Building
  96. 96. The new Generation: Sustainability Front and Centre
  97. 97. The challenges are clear…
  98. 98. The challenges are clear…
  99. 99. Vancouver’s GHG emissions are not sustainable… BUSBY PERKINS+WILL
  100. 100. We know the Culprits…
  101. 101. The Density / GHG relationship BUSBY PERKINS+WILL
  102. 102. What is EcoDensity? The search for the metaphor Livability Affordability Sustainability
  103. 103. EcoDensity is about the footprint
  104. 104. Done well, density can enable… EcoDensity •  Reduced energy use in buildings, getting around •  More green design options •  Less sprawl •  More affordable housing choices •  Public health •  Vitality, diversity, safety •  Etc, etc, etc…
  105. 105. Housing density and green design EcoDensity
  106. 106. Many levels of density (but no “stable neighbourhoods”) EcoDensity •  Arterial mid-rise housing •  Ground oriented housing (gentle density) •  Backyard laneway infill housing (hidden density) •  Secondary suites within homes (invisible density)
  107. 107. Laneway Housing (“Hidden Density”) EcoDensity
  108. 108. EcoDensity was “the big story”
  109. 109. EcoDensity was “the big story”
  110. 110. What does the Charter do?
  111. 111. Resets Vancouver's philosophy
  112. 112. Makes strong commitments
  113. 113. Influences ALL new and existing approaches
  114. 114. Commits to an eco-city of eco-neighborhoods (a shared responsibility)
  115. 115. Actions EcoDensity Greener Buildings •  LEED™ SILVER “PLUS” •  LEED™ GOLD BY 2010 •  GREEN DESIGN BEFORE TECHNOLOGY
  116. 116. Actions EcoDensity Greener Large Sites •  District energy •  Solar orientation •  Passive energy solutions •  Urban agriculture •  TDM prioritizing sustainable modes •  Sustainable rainwater management plan •  Solid waste diversion strategy •  Affordability
  117. 117. Actions EcoDensity •  Removing disincentives to Green Design •  Enabling laneway housing, secondary suites, basement suites •  EcoDensity leadership on City Land •  Green Application Priority •  More flexibility, fewer barriers
  118. 118. Actions EcoDensity •  An “Eco”CityPlan •  New strategies for District Energy •  New tools to achieve amenities •  Measurement tools •  Progress Report Structure
  119. 119. Competition Winner Vancouver Primary Sturgess Architecture (Jeremy Sturgess) - Calgary
  120. 120. Competition Winners
  121. 121. Many winners addressed Laneway Housing
  122. 122. EcoDensity Where We Were…
  123. 123. EcoDensity Where We Are…
  124. 124. From EcoDensity to “The Greenest City in the World?”
  125. 125. The Greenest City in the World by 2020: Think you can do better? •  Urban agriculture •  District Energy •  Burrard Bridge traffic trial •  Car-free streets •  Bike sharing •  Green jobs •  Etc.
  126. 126. A Carbon Neutral City by 2030?
  127. 127. Council for Canadian Urbanism
  128. 128. Council for Canadian Urbanism
  129. 129. PLAN like you love cities… LISTEN like you love opinions… DESIGN like you love people… … and always challenge the word “can’t”.
  130. 130. Thank you. Brent Toderian, MCIP Director of Planning
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