Michael Geller’s latest lecture:
Higher density housing and new communities: Lessons from Europe
While high-rise buildings can be an attractive form of development, many new European communities are demonstrating how higher densities can be achieved in attractive low and mid-rise building forms. In this presentation, architect and planner Michael Geller will guide us through Orestad, Copenhagen, Parc Marianne Montpellier, HafenCity Hamburg, and Almere Oosterwold Netherlands, and other communities offering lessons for Vancouver.
Wednesday, February 15
7 pm
Room 1900, SFU Harbour Centre – 515 West Hastings
Ticket sales ended – but usually (not guaranteed) there are seats available at door.

Featured developments include

  • Ijburg, a new community in Amsterdam on 10 man-made islands




Geller’s thesis is that while high-rise buildings can be an attractive form of development, throughout Europe there are numerous examples of attractive low and mid-rise housing forms that we should emulate.


  1. Yes, please! More of all that dense mid-rise goodness. Leave the high rises to City Centres and the DT peninsula.

  2. This won’t be that helpful.
    What we need is a realistic discussion of the tradeoffs between low rise everywhere and a few towers. They have had this in Seattle and they chose taller buildings that enabled more greenspace and less shading of the street.

    1. … you mean the greenspace with no shops, restaurants, or much life in general? Those who took the wrong lessons from Corb did this, and it didn’t work the first time.
      Shading of the street can be addressed other ways than simply – don’t build tall-ish things.

  3. That building in Ijburg has neat brickwork but I would think it would be easy to climb up onto the roof.
    Yeah, mid-rise stuff is nice. Isn’t Paris full of mid-rise buildings and people love the place?

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