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FormShift: Panel discussion tonight on design in Vancouver

May 6th, 2009 · 26 Comments

The city recently co-sponsored the design competition FormShift, to encourage people to come up with new possibilities for new forms of density in Vancouver. The awards were handed out (see previous posts) and now there’s going to be a little panel debate on the competition and design in general here in the city. People who post on this blog regularly are evidence of how much local residents care about the shape (or shapelessness) of the city. For a real, not virtual conversation, you can come to:

The FormShift Winners

May 6, 7:30 pm
Venue: Room 1400, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission is free; reservations are required. Email [email protected] or call 778.782.5100

Meet the winners of the FormShift competition and join a panel of insightful Vancouverites in a discussion of the issues raised by the competition. FormShift was a design ideas design competition jointly organized by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver. The challenge: how can Vancouver literally give shape to its goals of greener and denser development while improving the city’s overall livability?

FormShift had three competition categories:

  1. Vancouver Primary for a mixed-use site along a major Vancouver street that includes a rapid transit station;
  2. Vancouver Secondary for a small residential site in an established Vancouver neighbourhood near public transit; and
  3. Vancouver Wild Card for a design idea that pushes the envelope of sustainable design and community building for Vancouver.

After a presentation of the winners, there will be a panel discussion moderated by City Program Director Gordon Price, consisting of architect Peter Busby, journalists Frances Bula and David Beers, City Planning Director Brent Toderian and developer Norm Shearing.

Panel discussion is co-sponsored by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, City of Vancouver, and the SFU City Program. For FormShift information and supporters: visit:

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