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Urbanarium City Debates 2 – Resolution: build fewer towers

February 3, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Experts dispute the future of our region. You decide.

Teams of experts argue competing visions for solving Metro Vancouver’s biggest challenges. Audience members vote before and after each debate, a prize awarded to the team who changes the most minds. A monthly series moderated by David Beers, founding editor of The Tyee. Sponsored byUrbanarium and UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

City Debate #2

Resolution: Build Fewer Towers. Is Vancouver and its region too quick or too slow to build towers? Are they good or bad for livability and green aims? Are towers the future or past their prime?

When: February 3

Location: UBC Robson Square

Tickets: Here Registration begins Thursday, January 21 at 12pm.


David Beers

David Beers founded The Tyee, Canada’s highly awarded independent online source for news and ideas. His solutions-focused journalism has been widely published in Canada and the US. He was an editor at Mother Jones and the Vancouver Sun, and is adjunct professor at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism.


Lance Berelowitz

Lance Berelowitz is a professional planner, urban designer and writer. As principal of URBAN FORUM ASSOCIATES, he provides planning, urban design and communications services across Canada and internationally. His acclaimed book on Vancouver’s emerging urban form, Dream City: Vancouver and the Global Imagination, won the City of Vancouver Book Award.

Oliver Lang

Oliver Lang is a German Canadian architect and entrepreneur, educated at Columbia U, TU Berlin and ETSA Barcelona, licensed in BC, New York and Germany. As principal of LWPAC, a GG medal winning, Vancouver based interdisciplinary architecture firm, he is working on museum, education, urban housing and R&D projects.


Dave Ramslie

A Principal and Head of Planning Research, & Sustainability with the Integral Group LLC, Dave is a urban planner focused on resiliency and sustainable development. His work has won numerous international awards and last year he was recognized by the NRDC as one of nine global leaders fighting climate change in cities.

Christopher Vollan

Chris Vollan is VP Development for Rize, a Vancouver company with a twenty year history developing urban infill projects throughout Metro Vancouver.  Recent projects include: The Independent, The Rolston/Yale, Wave, onQue, Gold House and Containers. Chris lives with his smelly old chocolate lab in a really tall east side tower.


UBC Robson Square Theatre
800 Robson Street
Vancouver, Canada
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