Laneway Housing Study

TARGET: TO REINVIGORATE PUBLIC DISCOURSE ON LANEWAY HOUSING THROUGH EXHIBITS, FORUMS, AND AN IDEA COMPETITION

• To Reconsider Benefits of Density
• To Cultivate and Promote Demand for Architectural and Planning innovation

------- In response to the City of Vancouver’s recent allowance for laneway housing to take place in single-family residential zoning districts, the Vancouver Architecture for Humanity Society (AFH Vancouver) plans to present to both the public and built environment professionals a vision of ‘what-can-be’ and more importantly ‘how-to-imagine’ when engaging with Vancouver’s urban fabric.

AFH Vancouver is planning a 2-week exhibit/forum for April 2009. We are approaching the issue from the following directions: Theoretical understanding, historical references/precedents, policy/logistics, design, social and environmental sustainability. We are privileged to have gained interests and support from the following individuals:

Katherine Isaac: Planner, City of Vancouver Community Service Planning Group, Laneway housing Implementation committee.
// Bill Pechet: Lecturer in Practice, UBC School of Architecture – Runs the studio: Redefining zoning and Architecture in Vancouver’s West End in response to the Eco-Density Charter.
// David Wiebe: Director of Communications, AIBC.
// Dr. Patrick Chan: Educator, ECU & SFU – AFH Vancouver Laneway Housing Project Leader; organized conferences locally and internationally.
// Varouj Gumuchian: Outreach Specialist, Engineer – Organized POTO Design Competition, AIBC, July 2007.
// Joaquin Karakas: Urban designer – Conducted, produced extensive research on laneway housing for CMHC.
// Mona Lemoine: Director (BC), Cascadia Region Green Building Council.

// If you are interested or have experience on this subject, we would love to hear from you!

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