Turncoats Panel #8: Welcome to the Design Desert

Who doesn’t want to throw up when reading useless labels like “most liveable city”, “greenest city”, or “hotspot for sustainable design”?

Nothing can cover up the harsh reality: If not for its famed geography and picturesque surroundings, Vancouver would be a third or fourth tier city.

Where are the buildings and public spaces that are artful, intelligent and innovative? Where are the ideas? Design isn’t valued here. We’re thirsty for an oasis in this design desert!
Turncoats: Welcome to the Design Desert, is a debate featuring:

Sophie Maguire, a choreographer and landscape designer working at the intersection of drawing, history, and performance. She currently works as a project designer at PFS Studio.

Derek Lee, a principal at PWL Partnership. His locally recognized accomplishments include his lead design direction on the community planning and implementation of Southeast False Creek, Dockside Green and New Westminster Pier Park.

Anne Pearson, a recovered- architect, design-advocate and owner of the furniture+design shop Vancouver Special on Main Street.

Travis Hanks, a co-founder and Principal Architect at Haeccity Studio Architecture, and is an Adjunct Professor at UBC SALA.

Doors open with cash bar at 6:00. Event will begin at 6:30.

Wednesday, May 9
6  to 9 pm

Dudoc Vancouver – 1489 Frances Street, Vancouver (View Map)