Housing for All: a series of events on the future of public housing

The Future of Public Housing Project invites you to join us for:


With thanks to our co-sponsors:

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All events are free and open to the public

Opening, Panel and Reception | Wednesday May 20

Doors open at 6:30pm
Talk runs from 7:15pm-9:30pm, with reception to follow
Interurban Art Gallery, 1 East Hastings
Keynote Address and Panel Discussion: “Just Public Housing?”

Click here for speakers’ bios.


    Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning, Columbia University, New York City.


    Professor, Housing and Community Development, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
    CEO, Aboriginal Housing and Management Association
    Regional Advisor for Latin America, Cities Alliance
    Director Homelessness Services and DTES Programs, City of Vancouver at Carnegie Community Centre

Join us for an evening of art and dialogue, including a keynote talk, panel presentation, exhibition viewing and reception. “Just Public Housing?”, the keynote talk, will be delivered by Peter Marcuse, Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning, Columbia University, New York City. A panel of housing researchers and community organizations will respond. This evening is co-sponsored by the Housing Justice Project as part of Housing for All: a Series of Events on the Future of Public Housing. Doors will open at 6:30pm, with opening remarks at 7:15pm. Reception to follow.

Multimedia Art Exhibition | Thursday May 21 to Saturday May 23

Thursday 1:00pm-5:00pm
Friday 12:00pm-5:00pm
Saturday 1:00pm-5:00pm
Interurban Art Gallery, 1 East Hastings

The multimedia exhibition will engage visitors in dialogue about public housing, its uses and citizen involvement, past, present and future.

In collaboration with David Vaisbord, Patti Fraser, and the 19th Birthday Party Project.

More details here.

Academic Workshop | May 21-May 23
UBC Choi Centre

This event is for invited researchers, students and a limited number of community members. If you would like to attend, please contact Prajna Rao at futureofpublichousing@gmail.com.


Futures for Public Housing: A Dialogue with International and Local Housing Stakeholders

Friday May 22nd, 1:00pm-5:00pm.
Dodson Conference Centre
25 East Hastings, Vancouver
Doors open and registration begins at 12:30pm.
Light refreshments will be provided.

We’re facing seemingly intractable housing challenges in the Lower Mainland. At times it seems there is little hope for maintaining, let alone enhancing public housing in our region. But if we drop the dominant narratives of a likely bleak future, what can we imagine in the space of possibilities for public, social and co-op housing? Are some paths into the future more desirable than others, and if so how can we influence decision-makers to steer into these desirable directions?

In this highly interactive facilitated session, we use a collaborative transformative scenario planning approach to respond to the questions above. Join us for an event that convenes leaders in public housing including policy-makers, politicians, the private and non-profit sector, tenants, academics and activists for an afternoon of dialogue and practical discussion. We will have the unique opportunity of being joined by international housing experts who will help us put our regional public housing trends and issues into a global perspective, perhaps giving us new ideas and strategies for moving forward.

Please RSVP by May 17. Click here to RSVP.

For further enquiries, please contact futureofpublichousing@gmail.com.

* We also invite you to visit the multimedia exhibition at the Interurban Gallery, 1 East Hastings, open on Friday May 22nd from noon-5pm.