University of Oregon Graduate Forum
Portland Urban Architecture Program
Director, Simon Fraser University Urban Center and
Former City Council Member, City of Vancouver, British Columbia
“Vancouver and the Post-Motordom City”
Lecture. Thursday April 22, 7:00 PM.
Room 142, University of Oregon Portland Center. 70 NW Couch Street
Follow-up Seminar. Friday April 23, 9:00 AM.
Room 451 (4R on elevator), University of Oregon Portland Center, 70 NW Couch Street
Both events are open to the public and free of charge.
Gordon Price was elected to six consecutive terms on the Vancouver City Council during the city’s recent transformative years. As a key member of the Council, he is widely credited as a guiding force that re-shaped the city center and inner-neighborhoods, building the high density, transit and pedestrian-oriented city that exists today. Price served on the Greater Vancouver Regional District (Metro) Commission and on the Commission of Translink, the region’s transportation agency. He is a Board member of the International Center for Sustainable Cities.
As a frequent speaker at urban conferences and events throughout the world, Price will describe the urban design and planning choices a city must make to build a more environmentally-sustainable future. Transportation choices and reduction of automobile dependence figure prominently into his vision, concepts that have been highly successful in Vancouver’s central city regeneration. While increasing its city center population tenfold during the past fifteen years, Vancouver has actually reduced traffic volume by offering high-quality transportation and personal movement options.
As the Vancouver Sun declared when Price stepped down from the City Council,
“Councillor Bikeways” has done more than any other elected official to shape the city and the way we use it. Active in every stage of the decade-long downtown residential housing boom that transformed this city’s core from raw idea to livable community, Price may well be remembered by historians as the man who made high-density living Vancouver’s collective urban dream.”