Tu 29 Sep 09
Vancouver – Rotterdam: A Tale of Two Cities
Larry Beasley, former Co-director of Urban Planning for Vancouver, will be giving a lecture as a visiting critic. His 30 years of experience and commitment serve as the point of departure for a critical analysis of Rotterdam urban development culture.
Larry Beasley will be a guest in Rotterdam for one week, by invitation from the Van der Leeuwkring. He has been asked to discuss the connection between his 30 years of experience in public service in Vancouver and the tasks, plans and projects Rotterdam is working on. The task Vancouver set for itself some 25 years ago is to a great degree similar to the goals Rotterdam is now formulating. The partnership and relationship between public and private parties in the design of a city is an important characteristic of the methods that have been developed in Vancouver. This co-production between public and private parties is also of great importance for Rotterdam, particularly in the long run. Sustainable urban development is on the agenda for both cities. Tackling inner-city congestion, revitalising and the city centre, and the redevelopment of waterfront locations will be particular areas of focus. In Vancouver, this has resulted in a city that has proven it can take on the challenges of suburban life, even for families. At the same time, its success is catching up with itself: is the city still inclusive of its inhabitants? How can the diversity of urban life be fostered?
Speaker: Larry Beasley
Date: Tuesday September 29, 2009
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: NAI Rotterdam, auditorium
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