UrbanForum Statement 15 – Trevor Boddy

The Vancouver Urban Forum took place on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre. It featured presentations from 23 leading urban thinkers addressing the topic of “achieving urban densification”. It was attended by 300 delegates from as far away as Australia and Albania as well as many cities from across Canada. Canada has experienced three waves of urban reform since it was founded. The Vancouver Urban Forum considered ideas that could be part of a coming fourth wave of urban reform. Throughout the Forum a Sprawl Meter ran continually as a reminder of the 8 ft.² per second that is converted from green space to urban area in the Vancouver region every working day. By the end of the Forum over 200,000 ft.² of wilderness and farm area had been lost to sprawl. The Vancouver Urban Forum was produced by the Center for Fourth Wave Urban Reform and the Global Civic Policy Society. It was conceived of and organized by former Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan.