Acknowledging our role as leading thinkers in the field of sustainable design, research and urban planning, the City of Vancouver’s Director of Planning asked us to provide feedback on their proposed EcoDensity Charter and Initial Actions. A critical analysis of the EcoDensity Initiative quickly developed into a more deliberate effort to understand the opportunities inherent in the City’s proposal and to provide meaningful feedback from research and design staff.
Drawing from our community-scale deep green projects such as Dockside Green in Victoria, BC and other research conducted on North American and European cities that foster green buildings and neighbourhoods, we produced a brochure and presentation to provide the planning department with a possible vision and means to creating a more sustainable city.
The results of the exercise have become part of the planning department’s vision for EcoDensity moving forward and have garnered attention from municipalities across the Lower Mainland. Data gathered for the purposes of the presentation and brochure have been valuable in understanding how a city’s land use strategy can foster deep green development, district infrastructure and community amenities.