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We are currently seeking candidates for the position of Intermediate Architect in our Seattle office.

We are interested in exceptional candidates with strong analytical and communication skills who are passionate and involved in community building at all scales. This person will work within our multidisciplinary team to coordinate and document multifamily residential and commercial projects.

Experience Requirements

  • Registered architect (or intern on registration path) with 8 to 10 years of experience
  • LEED AP preferred

Key Skills

  • Dedicated team player, excellent communicator, possessing demonstrated skill at the execution of technically complex projects.
  • Thorough familiarity with the technical considerations involved in coordinating and executing Type 5 wood frame multifamily residential and Type 1 concrete high-rise residential and commercial building types.
  • Strong experience in the management of documentation created in Autodesk Revit and AutoCAD. Fluency with production in these programs and other drawing programs such as SketchUp an asset.
  • Skill in the management and coordination of project documentation and preparation of graphic presentation material.
  • Strong experience in the management of collaborative design disciplines, including integrated project delivery experience.
  • Passion for high quality design and sustainable design. Experience with sustainable building rating systems an asset.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Generous benefits, including medical/dental insurance, retirement funds contribution matching, and transit subsidy.

How to Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter, and “Intermediate Architect” in subject-line, to Catherine Calvert, Managing Director, at ccalvert@via-architecture.com.

  • Please include samples of your work, keeping total email size below 2 MB.
  • No phone calls or office visits please.
  • Applicants must meet minimum experience qualifications to be considered for this position.

We are seeking a mid-to-senior-level Urban Infrastructure Architect for our growing Oakland office.

About this position

This is your opportunity to make an impact in our start up Oakland office while benefitting from the intellectual capital, technical resources, and hands-on work-style of an established mid-size firm. We see this position as an opportunity to learn the “VIA way” to manage and design urban infrastructure while advancing your project management and practice leadership skills and responsibilities.

Responsibilities will generally be those of a project architect and might include:

  • Project management;
  • Project communications and consultant coordination;
  • Key role in all phases of design – from conceptual design through construction documentation –  with an emphasis on leading consultant and/or in-house design and documentation teams;
  • Self-directed research and development of building assemblies and details and their coordination with specifications;
  • Implementation of CAD and BIM standards and construction document production using Revit.

Experience Requirements

  • Architect or urban designer with 10 years of professional practice centered in complex multi disciplinary infrastructure projects such as transit or bridge work;
  • Licensed Architect (California License strongly preferred).

Key Skills

Applicants must meet minimum experience and skill qualifications to be considered for this position:

  • Career focus on urban design, architecture, sustainability, transportation planning or economic development
  • Dedicated team player, excellent communicator, with demonstrated detailed execution of complex urban infrastructure projects;
  • Experienced in the development of project scopes, budget management, and business development;
  • Proven team leader: responsible for design team (or sub-group of a larger team) performance, deliverables, and/or consultant coordination;
  • Experienced in the technical coordination of collaborative design disciplines, including integrated project delivery and 3-dimensional resolution of technical issues;
  • Experienced with high scrutiny public projects, outreach, and preparation of graphic presentation material.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Generous benefits are offered to employees, their spouses, domestic partners and families, including: medical/dental insurance, retirement funds contribution matching, and transit subsidy.

How to Apply

VIA is an equal-opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, disability, sex, sexual-orientation or gender-identity.

Please submit cover letter, resume and work samples in PDF format (no more than 3MB please).

Email with “Urban infrastructure Architect” in subject-line.

Send to: Kate Howe, Director at khowe@via-architecture.com. No phone calls or office visits please.


 

We are also seeking a part-time Receptionist/Office Assistant (22.5 hrs/week) in our Vancouver office.

About this position

The right individual will have strong communications skills, a high level of initiative, adapt well to change, and work collaboratively as part of several teams including administration, accounting and IT.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Represent office as first point of contact for general inquiries by phone and for visitors to the office
  • Greet visitors and offer refreshments, order & set up requested refreshments/catering for meetings
  • Maintain and tidy meeting rooms and office-wide common areas
  • Organize and facilitate weekly staff meetings
  • Track and organize office supplies
  • Make travel arrangements for staff and clients as needed
  • Coordinate with vendor companies on support calls, ordering and invoicing
  • Assist Controller with light bookkeeping to include bank deposits, filing, reconciliation and reporting
  • Provide support for IT problems requiring physical hands-on support including light troubleshooting of hardware and software, workstations, monitors, printers and set up of AV for meetings
  • Other clerical/support duties as needed

Key Skills

Applicants must meet minimum experience and skill qualifications to be considered for this position:

  • Excellent organizational, multi-tasking, and prioritization skills
  • Team player that is willing to do a variety of tasks as needed
  • Good/Excellent Microsoft Word and Excel skills
  • Reception experience in a professional office environment strongly preferred
  • Experience in IT and/or Accounting support an asset

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package in a professional environment.

How to Apply

Please email PDF resume with cover letter with “Receptionist/Office Assistant” in subject-line to careers@via-architecture.com. No phone calls or office visits please.

Included in this post are the currently open positions in VIA’s Vancouver office. Job descriptions and experience requirements follow. Please refer to the How to Apply section at the bottom of this page for contact information.


 

SENIOR TECHNICAL ARCHITECTS

We are currently seeking candidates for Senior Technical Architects for our Vancouver office.

These people will supplement and work within our multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive technical architectural services for high-rise, wood frame, public transit and other commercial projects. We are interested in exceptional candidates with strong analytical, communication and technical skills who are passionate and involved in community building at all scales.

Experience Requirements

  • Registered architect with 10 – 15 years of architectural experience
  • LEED AP preferred

Key Skills

  • Proficiency in REVIT, AutoCAD & Sketchup.
  • Deep skills in architectural technical detailing, envelope design, and specifications writing.
  • Passion for green building; experience with sustainable building rating systems an asset.
  • Skill in the coordination and production of project documentation packages and preparation of graphic presentation material.
  • Strong experience in the technical coordination of collaborative design disciplines, including integrated project delivery experience and 3-dimensional resolution of technical issues.
  • Ability and experience with organizing, tracking and implementing project data, directives and design, tender and construction document production, consultant coordination
  • Experience with various construction and building types
  • In depth knowledge of the BCBC
  • Ability to delegate supervise and mentor junior staff members

 

TRANSIT / URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE EXPERIENCED ARCHITECTS

VIA Architecture is a strategic architectural and planning firm with offices in Vancouver BC, Seattle WA and San Francisco CA. We are a studio based practice leading a variety of local projects including transit systems design, mixed‐use infill architecture, community and downtown plans and urban sustainability strategies. We are currently seeking candidates for architectural positions with transit/urban infrastructure experience for our Vancouver office. These people will supplement and work within our multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive architectural services for public transit, urban infrastructure and other commercial projects. We are interested in exceptional candidates with strong analytical, communication and technical skills who are passionate and involved in community building at all scales.

Experience Requirements

  • Intern to Registered architect with 10 plus years of Canadian or US architectural experience.
  • LEED AP preferred but not mandatory.

Key Skills

  • Dedicated team player, excellent communicator, possessing demonstrated skill in design and execution of technically complex projects.
  • Interest in professional advancement to more senior levels and responsibilities through familiarity with the technical considerations involved in designing, documenting, coordinating and executing public transit, urban infrastructure and other commercial building types, including a passion for integrated sustainable design solutions.
  • Proficiency in REVIT, AutoCAD & Sketchup highly desired. Fluency with digital model rendering, Adobe and other graphic programs a plus.
  • Skilled in the preparation of graphic presentation materials, technical architectural detailing, and coordination of overall project documentation packages.
  • Experience with all project phases of design, construction documents and field services a plus.
  • Experience with the technical coordination of collaborative design disciplines and 3‐dimensional resolution of technical issues. , Integrated project delivery experience a plus.
  • Ability and experience with organizing, tracking and implementing project data, directives and design, tender and construction document production, consultant coordination and other support roles to the Senior Project Architect.
  • Experience with various construction and building types.
  • In depth knowledge of the BC Building Code.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to delegate supervise and mentor junior staff members.

 

ARCHITECTURAL GRADS / INTERNS

We are currently seeking candidates for architectural Grad/Intern positions for our Vancouver office. These people will supplement and work within our multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive architectural services for various projects. We are interested in exceptional candidates with strong analytical, communication and technical skills who are passionate and involved in community building at all scales.

Experience Requirements

  • Junior Intern with 2 to 5 years of Canadian architectural experience
  • LEED AP preferred but not mandatory

Key Skills

  • Dedicated team player, excellent communicator, a self-starter possessing analytic and problem solving capabilities
  • Some experience with all project phases of design, construction documents and field services
  • Some understanding of the technical considerations involved in design, documenting, coordinating and executing a variety of building types
  • Proficiency in REVIT, AutoCAD & Sketchup highly desired. Fluency with digital model rendering, Adobe and other graphic programs a plus
  • Be skilled in the preparation of graphic presentation material
  • Some familiarity of BCBC and local Bylaws
  • Interest in professional advancement to more intermediate levels and responsibilities

 

How to Apply

Please email resume in PDF with cover letter/email, and “YourName_PositionApplyingFor” in subject‐line, attention Charlene Kovacs, ckovacs@via‐architecture.com.

  • Please include samples of your work, keeping total email size below 2 MB
  • No phone calls or office visits please
  • Applicants must meet minimum experience qualifications to be considered for these positions
  • Only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted
  • Only those eligible to work in Canada need apply

 

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include medical/dental insurance and retirement funds contribution matching.

 

VIA Architecture Inc. is currently seeking a qualified candidate to join our team in the position of Controller in our Seattle office.

The Controller is accountable for the financial and risk-management operations of the company, with specific fiduciary duties and reporting to the company ownership. This includes development of a financial and operational strategy, the metrics tied to that strategy, and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results.  These are all developed within the overall vision and business approach of the company ownership, with the responsibility of the Controller to ensure ethical regulatory compliance.

The ideal candidate will have at least ten year’s senior financial management experience with a professional services firm, an accounting degree (preferably a CPA license), as well as, excellent communication, judgment, and interpersonal skills.

Current knowledge of GAAP, FAR and WSDOT Audit Guidelines is highly desirable. Strong excel skills and financial software experience is desired, preferably utilizing Deltek Vision Software.

Principal responsibilities, and thereby accountability, lie in three general areas:

OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

  • Participate in key decisions as a member of the Operations Management team and manage risk by being an integral part of organizational processes
  • Provide timely, relevant information to owners / directors and clarify how the financial results relate to operational performance
  • Prepare and report on all strategic and tactical matters as they relate to budget management, cost benefit analysis and forecasting needs
  • Develop financial and tax strategies
  • Assist in performing all tasks necessary to achieve VIA’s mission and help the managing directors with succession and growth plans
  • Raise awareness and knowledge of financial management matters
  • Provide financial liaison with VIA’s Canadian affiliate

 

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

  • Manage capital requests and budgeting processes, ensuring adequate controls are in place and that substantiating documentation is approved and that all purchases will pass independent and government audits
  • Assist in the design, implementation and timely calculations of bonuses and salaries for staff, and processing payroll, taxes and benefits
  • Oversee A/P, A/R and Payroll functions
  • Maintain the inventory of fixed assets, including purchases, depreciation and amortization, assuring all are in accordance with GAAP and federal tax regulations
  • Prepare and assess financial statements and budgets
  • Maintain appropriate insurance coverage, including professional liability insurance
  • Monitor cash balances and cash forecasts
  • Arrange for debt and equity financing

 

REGULATORY FILINGS

  • Ensure that the company complies with all legal and regulatory requirements
  • Ensure that record keeping meets the requirements of auditors and government agencies
  • Prepare the year-end tax and financial statement compilation package for the external public accounting firm
  • Manage employee benefit plans, including all healthcare plans and the 401K plan
  • Maintain banking relationships

 

How to Apply:
Please email resume to bgeiss@via-architecture.com in PDF format with cover letter/email, and “Controller” in subject-line.

No phone calls or office visits please. Applicants must meet minimum experience requirements to be considered for this position.

 

We offer a comprehensive salary package with benefits commensurate with experience/skill level.

Amtrak Station at Freighthouse Square

TACOMA AMTRAK STATION AT FREIGHTHOUSE SQUARE

Since 2013 VIA has been hard at work on the Tacoma Amtrak Cascades Station at Freighthouse Square, the relocation of the Tacoma Amtrak station into the historic Freighthouse Square building in the emerging Tacoma Dome District.

Freighthouse Square was built in 1909 as a railroad terminus, later transformed, as it stands today, into an urban shopping center and the core of Tacoma’s active transportation hub. The cultural significance to the Tacoma community made this project a sensitive one, inspiring our team to design the new station to reference the historic and traditional shape of the current historic building while meeting current standards for seismic, thermal, and life safety performance. The new station will be the centerpiece of a multimodal hub that includes Sounder, Tacoma Link, ST Express bus, and Amtrak facilities.

On May 11, WSDOT announced that, after an intense and community-focused road to completion, construction on the station will begin this month with planned completion in 2017.

 

Link Light Rail Angle Lake Station

Angle Lake Station Under Construction

SOUND TRANSIT LINK LIGHT RAIL ANGLE LAKE  STATION

Sound Transit’s Angle Lake Link Light Rail Station is the interim terminus of the Seatac Airport to South 200th Link Light Rail line that will, upon station completion, run from Angle Lake through Seatac airport to downtown Seattle, ending at the recently-opened University of Washington station.

The station is an elevated center platform designed with sustainability in mind, featuring a rooftop photovoltaic array to generate close to 3% of station’s annual power needs and a rainwater harvesting system.

Construction on the station began in May of 2013. Train testing has begun and the station is slated to be operational in September of 2016.

Congratulations to VIA’s Sean Ruthen on being named one of the 2016 Fellows by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). Each year, the College of Fellows of the RAIC bestows Fellowship to architects from across Canada in recognition of outstanding achievement.

You may congratulate Sean as he is inducted at the College of the Fellows Convocation this June during the Festival of Architecture in Nanaimo, BC.

A full list of this year’s fellows and more information can be found at RAIC.org.

VIA’s Sean Ruthen has continued to be an architecture advocate  since graduating from the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia in 2001. Consistent with this passion, Sean has the good fortune of having his writing on the subject regularly published in several urban design and architecture publications, including Canadian Architect, Nuvo Magazine,  and Spacing, with over 50 book reviews and feature articles contributed to the latter.

The excerpt below is part of a featured book review from Spacing Magazine, which can be read in full at this link.

Sarajevo reconstruction design, 1994, image courtesy lebbeuswoods.wordpress.com

Book Review: Slow Manifesto | Lebbeus Woods Blog

In Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, a fictitious narrative told by Marco Polo, the explorer recounts his visits to fantastical cities that defy description, despite his best efforts to try and summon them in our mind’s eye. The architecture of these cities could be one way to describe the work of the late Lebbeus Woods, especially so for his writing on architecture. What most may not realize, is that, for the last five years of his life, he posted regularly to his own WordPress blog space at www.lebbeuswoods.net. The site remains active to this day, with all the original posts.

Slow Manifesto | Lebbeus Woods Blog, new book featuring a selected number of posts from his blog published by Princeton Architectural Press and edited by Clare Jacobson, provides a fitting last testament for this great mind that we lost in 2012. While the editor admits to not having followed the blog while Woods was alive, despite having edited several of his books, the 300 plus entries he made between 2007 and 2012 provide more than enough material. As such, 150 selected by Jacobson, also a friend of the late architect and artist, provide his musings on an astonishing range of topics—from the state of architectural criticism to his thoughts on the activities of his contemporary starchitects.

Mr. Woods is, of course, more known for what he never built, and for what he said about it afterwards. His reconstruction sketches of Sarajevo, done while he was covering the conflict there in 1993, are perhaps his most compelling work, and are in the book represented in a blog post called ‘The Reality of Theory.’ As he himself says in the post, “My answer was that architecture, as a social and primarily constructive act, could heal the wounds by creating entirely new types of space in the city.” That he is fighting the good fight for architecture is the recurring theme in the book, whether he is commenting on the housing crash in 2008 in ‘Bad Faith,’ or recalling his then new vision for the World Trade Centre site in the ‘Locus of Memory.

Continue reading at Spacing Magazine.

 

For more information on Slow Manifesto | Lebbeus Woods Blog visit the Princeton Architectural Press website.

 

VIA’s Vacouver office is currently seeking candidates for architectural positions with transit/urban infrastructure experience. Those hired will supplement and work within our multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive architectural services for public transit, urban infrastructure, and other commercial projects. We are interested in exceptional candidates with strong analytical, communication and technical skills who are passionate and involved in community-building at all scales.

Experience Requirements

  • Intern to Registered architect with 10 plus years of Canadian or US architectural experience.
  • LEED AP preferred but not mandatory.

Key Skills 

  • Dedicated team player, excellent communicator, possessing demonstrated skill in design and execution of technically complex projects.
  • Interest in professional advancement to more senior levels and responsibilities through familiarity with the technical considerations involved in designing, documenting, coordinating and executing public transit, urban infrastructure and other commercial building types, including a passion for integrated sustainable design solutions.
  • Proficiency in REVIT, AutoCAD & Sketchup highly desired. Fluency with digital model rendering, Adobe, and other graphic programs a plus.
  • Be skilled in the preparation of graphic presentation materials, technical architectural detailing, and coordination of overall project documentation packages.
  • Experience with all project phases of design, construction documents and field services a plus.
  • Experience with the technical coordination of collaborative design disciplines and 3‐dimensional resolution of technical issues. Integrated project delivery experience a plus.
  • Ability and experience with organizing, tracking, and implementing project data, directives and design, tender and construction document production, consultant coordination, and other support roles to the Senior Project Architect.
  • Experience with various construction and building types.
  • In-depth knowledge of the BC Building Code.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to delegate, supervise, and mentor junior staff members.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Generous benefits, including medical/dental insurance and retirement funds contribution matching.

How to Apply

Please email resume in PDF with cover letter/email, and “YourName_Intermediate Transit Architect/ Urban Infrastructure” in subject‐line, attention Charlene Kovacs, ckovacs@via‐architecture.com.

  • Please include samples of your work, keeping total email size below 2MB.
  • No phone calls or office visits please.
  • Applicants must meet minimum experience qualifications to be considered for these positions.
  • Only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.
By Brendan Hurley, Urban Designer, and Neal Abbott, Intern Planner, out of VIA Architecture’s Vancouver office

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There is no question that Vancouver is a densifying city. Despite all the excitement and acrimony that comes with that prospective change, the majority of its land is still locked into single-family housing zoning districts.

On Wednesday, January 20th, the Urbanarium presented a panel of players of the region’s development past and future to debate one of the most powerful and unasked questions surrounding Vancouver’s future density: should we open all neighbourhoods to densification?

In the midst of that debate, we wanted to visualize and analyze some of the impacts that single-family housing districts have on Vancouver’s form and structure.

The question of whether we can do better by this land, its owners, and the people who want to have the opportunity to live in these neighbourhoods is a serious one. The visual impact of the single-family zoning parcels shown in the map above, created by the VIA team, displays, rather quickly, how much of the City is still officially zoned as single-family.

The map of the City of Vancouver (shown above and repeated below) breaks down the most common RS1 One Family Dwelling District in orange and all other RS Single-Family Zones in green. This analysis also takes into account that many of these neighbourhoods are transit-oriented, despite their official low-density designation.

RS-1 One Family Dwelling District

Single-family housing became near ubiquitous in the interwar period. The City’s farm land was divided out along the grid of streetcars and developed further and further southward with new tracts of housing. The surveys that defined properties for this grid were similarly focused on a streetcar suburbia.

Outside of the early City’s Victorian core and some of the post-war ranch properties in the south of the City, most of this grid was divvied up into regular chain (66ft or ~20m) lots and blocks. Depending on configuration, that meant that the most common type of lot in the City was a half chain (33ft or ~10m) wide.

Lanes divided almost every block; most were and were 20ft (or 6m) and most blocks were four chain deep. That meant that the most common development lot in the City had a shared scale of approximately 33ft x 122ft (~10m x ~37m). There are variations, but this lot type is almost ubiquitous.

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The types of allowable housing on these subdivided lots changed drastically, and some of the beloved forms we now protect as heritage have been made illegal – many times over – with new restrictions on those codes. The fast-paced and concentrated development pressure spurred on by the streetcars was quickly released in the post-war era with broader car-oriented suburban development across the region. The most common zoning regulation on these lots was based on the singular faith that single-family zoning in lower densities was a deterrent against slums and the negative elements of the then-industrial city.

Connecting Transit

For the last number of decades Vancouver has become a model of master-planned density set along a connective transit system. Redevelopment and reinvigoration of the urban core and the creation of new neighbourhood and town centres along transit corridors has branded Vancouver as a city of density. However, the power and persistence of the single-family zoning districts still has a vast impact to the shape of the City. Outside of specific core and study areas, Vancouver remains largely dominated by this typology.

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Vancouver is a transit-oriented city that has a near-complete grid of frequent transit corridors – most of which were set into place in the streetcar era. It is rare for properties to be more than 800m– about a ten minute walk – from one of these transit routes.

Yet, it is easily observed that, beyond some directly-adjacent commercial districts and a few neighbourhood planning study areas, much of the land base crisscrossed by this transit is still dominated by single-family district regulations. Precincts around stations and transit are powerful places to increase densities and maximize transit use, but what about the rest of the City?

Looking toward a more connected and complete city, it makes sense to begin by analyzing how this relationship between single-family housing and transit were interrelated.

By the Numbers

Rough analysis in GIS calculated about 67,700 single-family zoned dwelling parcels in the City. It will be noted that these numbers are rough but have been “corrected” to remove large parcels – often parks and schools remain RS1 even after their use change – and small parcels that could be vestigial segments of subdivided properties and streets. The RS1 One Family Zoning district presented in shades of orange represents approximately 51,900 parcels. While the remaining 15,800 parcels presented in varying greens represent the other RS2-RS7 Single-Family Districts’ properties.

The map presents the network of frequent transit routes expected in the City over the next few years and highlights the routes presented in both TransLink and City of Vancouver transportation plans. Major rapid transit stations on the existing SkyTrain have been marked and five-minute and ten-minute walking circles have been overlaid onto the map.

It is striking to see how many lots of single-family housing are present within these station areas. Areas outlined in blue are either frequent transit network development areas or planning work currently underway or completed by the City to create new transit-oriented multifamily zoned urban centres.

Single-Family Districts

This analysis looked at the amount of properties within certain walking distances to frequent transit to see how much of the “Single-Family City” is actually located within reach of transit-oriented corridors.

At 800m or a ten-minute walk, we found that 67,600 or 99.8% of the single-family lots were represented. This number suggests that almost all of the single-family housing is within a reasonable distance from corridors to be considered transit-oriented. Often, this limiting distance is the outer edge of a transit area plan. Here, it is represented in the lightest shades of orange and green on the map.
A five-minute walk is considered to be the distance from transit at which people are most likely to consider it a part of their daily routine. With 65,100 parcels within this 400m distance, we can consider 96.1% of the City to be within range to be considered oriented to a frequent transit route.

In order to look at direct integration with transit, we added sites within 200m of a transit corridor. In essence, these are sites that are less than a block or two from a frequent transit corridor. They are presented in the darkest of our colour range and account for 44,800 parcels. We consider these single-family lots to be directly oriented to transit. They represent 66.1% of the total set of RS-zoned lots in the City.

Vancouver is a Connected City

With the vast majority of lots within an attainable transit catchment, the City of Vancouver’s single-family zoned lands can be considered connected. The connective tissue is there to have our city look at a more urbane future. As the debaters on Wednesday presented, how this moves forward will require tact and a skillful balance.

However, the debate of how to treat and what to do with these lands is now at a place of evidence to take place. From it the long overdue debate about what kind of city we want to live in can truly begin again.

 

The following is a poem from VIA Founding Principal Graham McGarva, which is a portion of an abstract for his Pecha Kucha presentation at the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) Vancouver Summit 2015  – Cascadia Chapter.

The Architecture of Love

It is not about architecture and all about architecture
the love of congregation
the lack of fear where structure meets the ground
the reward of the thoughtful detail

about room given to imbue place
with your own imaginings
of window boxes above
of neon signs below
order of social expectations
and clutter of mislaid intentions

 

You can find the full post containing all poems that comprise the abstract at Graham’s City Slices blog by following this link.