I was invited to speak at UN Habitat III in Quito in October 2016 on the history of Habitat ’76. I gave a lecture on the final day of the conference and showed slides. After the lecture I moderated a panel of 4 distinguished attendees of Habitat ’76, or as the UN calls it, Habitat I. It included two former Secretary-Generals of Habitat International Coalition Enrique Ortiz and Ana Sugranyes; Barry Pinsky of Rooftops Canada; and last but very much not least David Satterthwaite of IIED, the programmer of Habitat Forum at Jericho and Barbara Ward’s assistant, then 25. See blog for photos. The UN site only mentions orgs, not invividual names, so the talk appeared thus: https://habitat3.org/urban-library
The room was packed and suffocating – hundreds were turned away. It was a zoo but I was really pleased that there is so much interest in the conference that I knew was legendary.
On February 26, 2016, I spoke on a panel at the UBC SCARP (School of Community and Regional Planning) annual symposium with Ann McAfee, former head of planning for the City of Vancouver.
In honour of Habitat’s 40th Birthday I was on a panel titled:“Highpoint of Global Urbanism? Vancouver and Habitat ‘76”
I delivered a slide talk at the Museum of Vancouver Thursday, November 26 at 7:30 on my upcoming book “Habitat 76” (Black Dog Publishing 2016). It’s an illustrated history of the UN Habitat conference that descended on Vancouver forty years ago. If you missed this talk, there will be others when the book launches in 2016/early 2017, and I’ll also be doing walking tours at Jericho in the summer (watch for the Jane’s Walk).
The kind organizer of this event is the Vancouver Historical Society. Information here:
I attended the UN World Urban Forum 7 – a conference that is a descendent of Habitat 1976 in Vancouver – in Medellin, Colombia, from April 5-12 2014.
I interviewed some who remember Enrique Peñalosa, the Secretary General of Habitat I in Vancouver in 1976 and the celebrated mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, as well as those who are carrying on the work of UN Habitat today. It was great to talk to Enrique’s son Gil Peñalosa in Medellín!
Unveiling of plaque in honour of Alan Clapp & his role in the inception of Granville Island
A plaque was unveiled in honour of Alan Clapp on Thursday, October 24, 1 pm at 1290 Cartwright Street on Granville Island. The Granville Island Business and Community Association honoured Alan for his role in the inception of Granville Island. Details were here.
A Celebration of the Life of Al Clapp
All welcome. Sunday May 5, 11am – 3 pm (speeches likely around noon), Granville Island Hotel. Bring your memories of Al!
Walking Tour May 5, 2013, Sunday at noon. Free.
Thanks to all who came out for the 3rd “Jane’s Walk” at Jericho Beach! Title: “Habitat Forum site of 1976: An Archaeological Tour at Jericho Beach. “Janes Walks” take place every year on the first weekend in May, in cities all over the world. They are held in honour of urbanist Jane Jacobs, whose birthday was May 4.
Lecture on Vancouver’s Habitat Forum and the Habitat Conference on Human Settlements, 1976
Monday, October 15, 7 pm at SFU Woodwards
Djavad Mowafaghian World Centre theatre
Free – please come! More information here: SFU Woodwards
Walking Tour May 6, 2012, Sunday at noon. Free.
Thanks to all who came out for the 2nd “Jane’s Walk” at Jericho Beach! Title: “Habitat Forum site of 1976: An Archaeological Tour at Jericho Beach. “Janes Walks” take place every year on the first weekend in May, in cities all over the world. They are held in honour of urbanist Jane Jacobs, whose birthday was May 4. Bring your mementos if you have any you’d like to show the group!
Walking Tour! April 14, 2012, Saturday at 12:45 pm. By donation.
Walking tour of Habitat site! Part of the Artists Walking Home series. Please join us! Please pre-register so we have an idea of numbers. Click here.
Oct 1, 2011
Seminar at Capilano University on Habitat, art and children.
July 9, 2011
Please come to a Block Party in memory of Hannelore Evans who died early this year. Evelyn Roth, her Habitat Forum banner-making partner, is coming all the way from Australia to attend. Please bring your Habitat mementos and photographs! Kits House, 6-9 pm. Please note that this is taking place almost exactly 35 years after Habitat Forum, which took place May 31-June 11, 1976.
May 7, 2011
Saturday, 11 am – I’ll be conducting a Jane’s Walk (in honour of legendary urbanist Jane Jacobs) of the Habitat Forum site. Stay tuned for more information.
April 19, 2011
6 pm, Vancouver Art Gallery – talk on Habitat 76 in the gallery. We will be joined by Habitat’s organizer, the legendary Al Clapp. Free admission. Habitat Open Forum, an evening discussion about Habitat at the Vancouver Art Gallery, April 19, 6 pm. Please come and bring your questions, memories, Habitat materials, or anything else Habitat. Habitat Open Forum is a public event brought to you as part of the VAG’s WE: Vancouver exhbition.
April 12, 2011
5-8 pm – Jericho Beach plan Open House, at the Sailing Club. I will be attending with a plan to revitalize the Jericho Beach park with some community amenities in the spirit of Habitat 76.
Please visit the Vancouver Art Gallery’s WE: Vancouver exhibition for an archival installation on Habitat Forum. The exhibition runs February 11–May 1, 2011.
If you want to participate in the writing of the names of the Habitat Forum crew on the gallery wall, please email me and I will meet you at the gallery.
And if you are in Vancouver on April 19, 2011:
Please attend Habitat Open Forum, an evening discussion about Habitat at the Vancouver Art Gallery, April 19, 6 pm. Please come and bring your questions, memories, Habitat materials, or anything else Habitat. Habitat Open Forum is a public event brought to you as part of the VAG’s WE: Vancouver exhbition.
Above: Paper Pavilion by Arthur Erickson for Habitat. The pavilion’s decorated papier mache panels were made by schoolchildren in the Greater Vancouver district.
On February 24, 2011 I gave a talk on Habitat Forum at Pecha Kucha Night:
Thanks to the Vancouver Art Gallery and Cause + Affect for allowing me to talk about my Habitat research at Pecha Kucha 15. This was a special edition of Pecha Kucha in conjunction with the Vancouver Art Gallery’s WE: Vancouver exhibition in honour of Vancouver’s 125th birthday.