Design & Development
January 28, 2020

Who’s Not Here? Reflecting on a Dialogue about Public Spaces

Who’s not here?

This was one of the main questions posed on November 21, 2019 to a room filled with attendees of “Smart City Talks: Putting People First: a dialogue on Vancouver’s public spaces” hosted by Urbanarium and UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

This key question was asked first by Jay Pitter, author and placemaker whose practice mitigates growing divides in urban centres, and similarly posed by additional speakers, John Bela from Gehl Studio, and Kelty McKinnon representing PFS Studio.

As my first time attending an Urbanarium-hosted event, I enjoyed the evening’s dialogue and it likely won’t be my last. The discussion was thought provoking and interesting – but above all, it was bold and honest. No bushes were beat around on this evening as panelists shared what was on their mind loud and clear. Whether they agreed with each other or not.

The discussion was guided by three defined topics:

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Hello everyone!

My name is Laura Beattie and I am happy to say that I will be contributing to Price Tags from now on.

I currently work as the Project Manager at Mobi by Shaw Go, Vancouver’s public bike share system, where I have been helping to get more people riding bikes since our program launch in 2016. I am also on the Board of Directors for Modo, the carshare co-op, to further help people live their best multimodal life.

I moved to Vancouver four years ago and have fallen in love with this city. The mountains and ocean brought me out here, while the extensive menu of transportation options, access to outdoor activities, and a new community of friends have kept me here. I can confidently say that moving here was one of the best decisions I’ve made. My other home is Hamilton, Ontario which I also love, but more for family connections and beautiful fall leaves.

I love to nerd out on sustainable transportation (as you can probably already tell) but am also very interested in green business practices, urban planning, equity, and how one’s sense of community can be grown and nurtured through public spaces and city design.

In my spare time you can find me rock climbing, propagating house plants, or admiring the PNW moss. I look forward to sharing thoughts and information with you as well as invoking some good discussion. If you have any particular story ideas, add a comment here to let me know. Cheers!

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