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A Convenience Truth: A 2050 Plan for a Sustainable Vancouver

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A Tyee series authored by UBC professor of Landscape Architecture Patrick Condon drawing from the book A Convenience Truth: A 2050 Plan for a Sustainable Vancouver. The research and future-focused design was done by 17 students in the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning. The entire team includes instructors Patrick Condon, Scot Hein and James Tuer, and students Niall MacRae, Peqi Wang, Rebecca Coulter, Jingling Sun, Patrick Chan, James Goodwyn, Lisa Lang, Margaret Soulstein, Jia Cheng, Cindy Hung, Neda Roohina, Paula Livingstone, Mary Wong, Nicci Theroux, Sara Orchard, Tate White and Sam Mohamad-Khany.

In This Series



Making Vancouver Work for Everyone

How 17 landscape architecture and planning students at UBC envision a sustainable city by 2050. First in a series.

By Patrick M. Condon, 15 Feb 2012


Streetcar evolution

Vancouver in 2050: Transit City

Team of UBC landscape architecture and planning students envision getting around easily, sustainably. Second in a series.

By Patrick M. Condon, 22 Feb 2012


Passive line toolkit

A City that Runs on Itself

Cut greenhouse gas emissions dramatically? UBC students envision building this into Vancouver's future.

By Patrick M. Condon, 1 Mar 2012


Mid-density housing project

Vancouver's Demographic Time Bomb

UBC landscape architecture and planning students ponder how to keep the kids, house the old, and share the equity pie.

By Patrick M. Condon, 8 Mar 2012



Rules for Protecting our Common Place

What makes residents feel attached to Vancouver? UBC students find 'arterials' key to city's heart.

By Patrick M. Condon, 14 Mar 2012


Vancouver map

The Convenience City Ultimatum

UBC students map their final four big ideas for a sustainable Vancouver by 2050. A series conclusion.

By Patrick M. Condon, 20 Mar 2012

Real Cities Give Their People Places to Pee

Public washrooms should be plentiful and accessible, says one scholar. And cities that do flush, flourish.

By Christopher Cheung