PlacemakingCity for ChildrenEuropean Retrofit StrategiesWalk Bike Places
Vancouver Pop-Up-PoetsShaping the CourtyardKnowledge ExchangeSustainable Area DevelopmentVancouver vs StockholmCommunity EngagementMicro and Legacy BusinessDutch Business Club
Building a City for Children

Is it safe for children to walk or ride the streets of Vancouver? Are there enough fun ways for children to play outside? What makes a neighbourhood child-friendly? Collaborating with Modacity, Dudoc Vancouver and This City Life, we presented the Dutch approach to child-friendly neighbourhoods and making outdoor play on streets, schoolyards and playgrounds safe and fun again.

City for Children
City for Children
Vancouver Pop-Up-Poets

Vancouver Pop-Up-Poets is an initiative by Meharoona Ghani of M. Ghani Consulting to engage with people through art and to give them a sense of belonging. Local poets write a poem for passers-by on the spot and share it aloud. Live painters, musicians and videographers dedicated their passion to this successful project. Wilco van Bemmel was responsible for the video production of the event.

Vancouver Pop-Up-Poets
Placemaking in Chinatown

To revitalize the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Courtyard and promote it as a vibrant space for the neighbourhood, businesses, and visitors alike, we initiated a recurring placemaking event that showcases the courtyard’s unique position and potential. With the process to apply for UNESCO World Heritage status underway, the reactivation of this central public space in Chinatown is more important than ever.

Shaping the Courtyard
Shaping the Courtyard
Sustainable Area Development

We hosted this symposium together with Simon Fraser University, FSA and Parallel 52°, focussing on the challenges and international best practices of assessing the sustainability performance of area developments. During a 2-day workshop, a group of 15 students assessed the sustainability of the UniverCity project in Metro Vancouver and compared it to developments in various European cities.

Sustainability Symposium
Sustainability Symposium
Revitalizing Existing Buildings

In developed economies, at least half of the buildings that will be in use in 2050 have already been built today. This means that the sustainability of our cities depends largely on how we use and reuse existing buildings. Engaging in knowledge exchanges with Canadian cities and stakeholders, we explore strategies to revitalize existing buildings and draw lessons from successful retrofit projects in Europe.

Canadian Green Building Conference
Canadian Green Building Conference
Walk Bike Places

We strongly believe that young and emerging entrepreneurs, innovators and creators play a crucial role in addressing the future challenges of our cities. We were invited to the Walk Bike Places conference in New Orleans to share our experiences with bottom-up and culture-based economic development to build local capacity, strengthen identity and support communities to become more resilient.

Walk Bike Places
Walk Bike Places
Vancouver vs Stockholm

With Vancouver’s soaring real estate prices, two waterfront cities - Vancouver and Stockholm - were compared on their approaches to housing. Michael Geller, president of Geller Group, spoke on solutions to create more affordability in Vancouver. Wilco van Bemmel spoke on housing affordability in Northern Europe and European innovations to provide affordable living to residents.

Vancouver vs Stockholm
Vancouver vs Stockholm
Micro and Legacy Business

Small, independent and culture-based business is key to the fabric and experience of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Concerned with the growing challenges of such businesses, we organized workshops and dialogues with community groups, city staff and entrepreneurs to understand how micro and legacy business contributes to affordability and cultural identity, and to find ways to support them.

Micro and Legacy Business
Micro and Legacy Business
Dutch Business Community

As a long-time member of the Dutch Business Club in Vancouver, we co-presented an inspiring mini conference for the Dutch and local business community. The event’s format is inspired by the world-renowned TED Talks. Our talented speakers have a strong Dutch connection and are working on the cutting edge of their respective fields: technology, architecture, food/charity, arts and sustainability.

Dutch Business Community
Dutch BVusiness Community