Can small housing do more to solve our housing crisis?
It’s just one question that will be asked at the Small Housing BC Summit, a full-day conference taking place this Saturday at Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre.
And it’s also a springboard to what could be the more important question: Can we change the way we build homes such that small housing — which SHBC defines as 200-1500 square feet — be the driver of this conversation, rather than just a passenger?
In the current Vancouver context, perhaps there’s no better debate to be having.
In addition to panel discussions and small housing showcases, the Summit will feature two Small Housing Challenge case studies:
- The City of Coquitlam will tackle the review of its Housing Choices program
- Columba, a collective of six designers, financiers and planners, will speak to a design concept it first presented as part of Urbanarium’s Missing Middle competition
The Challenge will be moderated by Scot Hein, with expert panelists including Trevor Boddy, Tom Davidoff, Jacquie Gijssen, Mary Teegee and Liz Falletta. More information on SHBC Summit program and speakers are on their website.
Can’t make it to the Wall Centre on Saturday? SHBC is holding a free public Small Housing Showcase at 800 Robson Street (between Howe and Hornby) this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 10AM-3PM daily.