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BUILDEX: W27 Cities for Families

February 12, 2020, 1:00 pm2:30 pm

W27 Cities for Families — Designing Our High-Rises to be Family-Friendly

Many urban-dwelling families live in spaces that are too small for their needs, and in a city like Vancouver, it’s not surprising that traditional housing options (single detached and even townhouses) are not affordable for most families. This panel discussion will bring together viewpoints from Concert Properties (who run a program called ‘Hey Neighbour’ and is currently updating the next iteration of this program), City of Vancouver Senior Planner for Housing Policies (whose department is developing family-friendly housing policies), and interior designer and accessibility expert (whose work champions social inclusion). Lessons learned from the City of Toronto’s “Growing Up: Planning for Children in New Vertical Communities” will be analyzed, including their series on “Condo Hacks”. This panel will dive into issues facing families with children as well as multi-generational isolation and loneliness.

[ BOMI 1.5 CPD ∙ AIBC 1.5 Core LU ∙ 1.5 General Hours IDCEC Approved | Accreditation pending: BC Housing  ]


  • Brenda Martens Director of Research and Collaboration, Light House


  • Tanelle Bolt Barrier Free Design Consultant, Bolt Ventures | RAD Recreation Adapted Society

  • Edna Cho Senior Planner, City of Vancouver

  • Dave Ramslie Vice President, Sustainability, Concert Properties


February 12, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Vancouver Convention Centre West
1055 Canada Pl
Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3 Canada
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