Urbanarium City Debates
May 11UBC Robson Square Theatre 6:30 to 8:00
City Debate #5: Let Experts Plan
Should citizens be more empowered to decide what gets built and where in Vancouver? Or is the process already too prone to public pressures, stifling the creativity, knowhow and vision that professional planners are hired to provide?
UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (Primary Sponsor), HCMA, Integral Group
Pro the proposition
Michael Geller, Architect AIBC, FCIP, RPP, is an architect, planner, real estate consultant and property developer with 45 years’ experience in the public, private, and institutional sectors. He is Adjunct Faculty of SFU’s Centre for Sustainable Community Development, a AIBC Life Member and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners.
Judy Rudin has run a communications consultancy since 1990. Providing risk analysis/mitigation/reputational services to corporate, government, and social organizations in North America, her focus is on strategic planning, issues management, PR and public engagement. A fan of the democratic process, Judy invites you to argue with her on Twitter @judyrudin
Con the proposition
Decades spent as editor and writer with the Georgia Straight, the Vancouver Sun and The Tyee have given Charles Campbell an inkling of how public policy can go horribly wrong. Lately, he worked with the Citizens' Assembly on the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan to salvage a planning process botched by senior city managers.
Michael Kluckner is an artist and author best-known for his 1990 book Vanishing Vancouver and its 2012 sequel. He is a member of the Heritage Commission, president of the Vancouver Historical Society and resident of a million-dollar shack in Grandview. His current enthusiasm is creating graphic novels.
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.