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This is the remarkable story, told by a key insider, about Vancouver's dramatic transformation from a typical mid-sized North American city into an inspiring world-class metropolis celebrated for its liveability, sustainability, and vibrancy.

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Vancouverism by Larry Beasley

Until the 1980s, Vancouver was a typical mid-sized North American city. But after the city hosted Expo 86, something extraordinary happened. This otherwise unremarkable urban centre was transformed into an inspiring world-class city celebrated for its livability, sustainability, and competitiveness. This book tells the story of the urban planning phenomenon called "Vancouverism" and the philosophy and practice behind it. Writing from an insider's perspective, Larry Beasley, a former chief planner of Vancouver, traces the principles that inspired Vancouverism and the policy framework developed to implement it. A prologue, written by Frances Bula, outlines the political and urban history of Vancouver up until the 1980s. The text is also beautifully illustrated by the author with 200 colour photographs depicting not only the city's vibrancy but also the principles of Vancouverism in action.

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Beasley's book is a captain's log that will sit nicely alongside other books on city building in Vancouver.

-- C. Cheung * The Tyee *

...this will be the definitive insider's account of the creation of Vancouver's famous skyline, its downtown neighbourhoods and its mix of natural beauty and urbanism.

-- Michael Kluckner * BC Bookworld *

In Beasley's hands, Vancouverism's seemingly disparate parts emerge as a cohesive whole.

-- Spencer Morrison * The Literary Review of Canada * insider's view of how, especially during Beasley's decades inside city hall, the Terminal City came to be an internationally renowned exemplar of livable, family-friendly urban neighbourhoods.

-- Alex Bozikovic * Globe and Mail *
Overall, this book is a fantastic look at the history of how a city came to be. -- Jenna Collingnon * Western Exteriors Magazine *

About Larry Beasley

Larry Beasley is the Distinguished Practice Professor of Planning at the University of British Columbia and the founding principal of Beasley and Associates, an international planning and urban design consultancy. He sits on the boards of TransLink (British Columbia's integrated transportation agency), the National Capital Commission in Ottawa, and the Canadian Urban Institute. He is a registered professional planner in Canada and the retired co-chief planner for the City of Vancouver.

After more than thirty years of civic service, fifteen as co-chief planner, where he led Vancouver's modern transformation into a world model for sustainable and livable cities, Larry Beasley now teaches and advises on urbanism around the world. Key appointments have included: special advisor on city planning to the Government of Abu Dhabi, UAE, where he founded the Urban Planning Council, one of the most progressive planning agencies in the Middle East; senior advisor on urban design in Dallas, Texas, where he founded their Urban Design Studio; member of the International Economic Development Advisory Board of Rotterdam, The Netherlands; chair of the NCC's Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Realty; urban advisor to Nordic Innovations in Scandinavia; planning advisor in Vancouver, BC, as well as Toronto and Brampton, Ontario; and, vice-president of Aquilini Developments, a major Canadian development company. Beasley has also had key involvement in new capital cities around the world, including Abu Dhabi (leading design of the new capital), Moscow (leading design of expansion of the city with a new capital district for the Duma and national government), and Canberra (advising on diversification of the inner city).

Larry Beasley is a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners and an honorary member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. He has been awarded: Advocate for Architecture by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada; the Kevin Lynch Prize from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and the Applied Sciences Dean's Medal of Distinction at the University of British Columbia. He is also a fellow of the Dallas Institute.

Larry Beasley is a Member of the Order of Canada and has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He is the author, with Jonathan Barnett, of Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs (2015).

Frances Bula is an award-winning journalist who has written about Vancouver city politics and urban issues for a quarter century, covering the "City Hall Beat" on everything from development to drug policy. Her work appears predominantly in the Globe and Mail, as well as in Vancouver magazine and BCBusiness.

Table of Contents


The Beginnings | Frances Bula

Part 1: What Is Vancouverism?

1 Setting the Stage

2 A Unique Context for Urban Innovation

3 Counter-Intuitive Perspectives for Shaping a City

Part 2: The Key Urban Principles of Vancouverism

4 Neighbourhoods

5 Transportation Choices

6 Diversity

7 Urban Design

8 Environmental Responsibility

9 Public and Private Collaboration

Part 3: The Future of Vancouverism

10 New Iterations and Lessons Learned


A Special Urban Experience

Notes; Index

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Vancouverism by Larry Beasley
Larry Beasley
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