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Join a group of like-minded placemakers and storytellers looking to shape passionate, inclusive dialogue about our built environment.

 
Mission

Our goal is to assess and audit the current methods of placemaking. Speakers will share their stories and identify the most relevant challenges we all face today.

Schedule
SYMPOSIUM - FEB 21
Public Event
Emily Carr Reliance Theatre
Public Event
CHECK-IN
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Arrive at Emily Carr Reliance Atrium at 1:00 pm to check in, then make your way to the Nemesis Bar for coffee and pastries before finding your seat in the Reliance Theatre by 1:30 pm for Opening Remarks from Tak Yukawa.

The Shipyards: A Story of History and Place
THEME: PUBLIC PLACEMAKING

Joseph Fry from Hapa Collaborative talks to the former Mayor of the City of North Vancouver about the vision, trials and success of the Shipyards in Lower Londsdale.


SPEAKERS: Joseph Fry (Hapa Collaborative), Darrell Mussatto (Former Mayor of the City of North Vancouver)

Elevating the Spirit of Collaboration in Creating Truly Inclusive Public Spaces
THEME: DIVERSITY IN PLACEMAKING

Melissa Higgs from hcma architecture + design leads an exciting group of creative voices to elevate the spirit of collaboration in service of creating truly inclusive public spaces within our most critical urban areas.


Panelists: Melissa Higgs (hcma), Mari Fujita (University of British Columbia and Fubalabo Design Corp), Susanna Haas Lyons (Susanna Haas Lyons Consulting), Matthew Thomson (Matthew Thomson Design)

Short Film: Beyond the Watercolour, Beyond the Rendering
THEME: STORYTELLING OF PLACE

A short film offering thoughtful perspective and innovative new methods to convey the vision of our future places.


COLLABORATORS: Ryan Savella (Arcade Original), Mackenzie Page (Mackenzie Page Design), Amanda Oster (Provoke Studios), Geoff Hunt (Tiny Vikings), Andrew Emmerson & Joey Stevens (GBL Architects), Taizo Yamamoto (Yamamoto Architecture), Calum Srigley (Placemaker Design)

Building Public Spaces for Food & Beverage to Flourish
THEME: FOOD, BEVERAGE & PLACE

True collaboration is happening between the city of Chilliwack, developers and local businesses. Josh Vanderheide from Field House Brewing talks to developer Dave Algra about the amazing cultural change emerging in downtown Chilliwack.


Josh Vanderheide (Field House Brewing + East Abby Hospitality Group) and Dave Algra (Algra Bros. Development)

INTERMISSION
3:05 PM - 3:20 PM
Co-Creating the Cities We Deserve Through Indigenous Knowledge
THEME: INCLUSIVE PLACES

How do we design places to be truly unique places on earth? Ginger Gosnell-Myers, Urban Indigenous Decolonial Strategist and Planner, introduces how we can incorporate Indigeneity throughout the planning and design process, while avoiding the advancement of colonization through current practices.


Speaker: Ginger Gosnell-Myers (Ginger Gosnell-Myers Consulting)

Transforming Your City Through Small Projects
THEME: INNOVATIVE PLACEMAKING

Urbanization is transforming landscapes, cultures and economies at an unprecedented pace. Many are unprepared, hindered by outdated technology and slow-moving politics. Our panel will explore how everyone has a role to play in city building, sharing small (and big) ideas, pop-ups and pilots that are shaping cities, one project at a time.


Panelists: Ken Bautista (Makespace), Andrea Piccolo (Prado Cafe), Clare Warner (Downtown Vancouver BIA), Jordan MacDonald (fabric living)

An Exciting New Vision for Vancouver’s Night Economy
PUBLIC PLACEMAKING

A thriving and equitable night-time economy is one that promotes economic, cultural, and social resilience. Jessica Borich and Nate Sabine share insights from HVA's public consultation. Building on the collective power of the community can be a powerful driver of economic growth and community development.


Speakers: Jessica Borich (Prism X Strategy), Nate Sabine (Blueprint and HVA Chair)

HAPPY HOUR
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Enjoy drinks and mingling in the Edit Studios Lounge, located in the Reliance Atrium.

Schedule
Dinner Event
Nemesis Dinner
Nemesis Dinner
AN EPICUREAN COLLABORATION OF CULTURE AND PLACE
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

After the symposium, attend a private dinner reception at Nemesis Coffee’s Great Northern Way location – just steps away from the Reliance Theatre. Mingle at the open-seating style dinner as you enjoy an array of options from our harvest table, raw bar, and yakitori grill prepared by the visionaries behind Nemesis Coffee and their fine-dining experience, Word. The meal will be accompanied by a curation of wine and locally crafted beers provided by our UEA members. Jess Reno (Nemesis Coffee) and Josh Vanderheide (Fieldhouse Brewing) will punctuate the evening with an exclusive talk on Food and Beverages' role in culture and place.
Dinner tickets are first come first serve and very limited.

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