Think Vancouver

The relationship between urban design and urban community and urban issues
Maraya Project
Think Vancouver was an idea to evolve a communication centre from the Downtown Vancouver Association to keep our community better informed about issues, initiatives, and ideas being explored in the city and provide opportunities for people to contribute their point of view. Shortly after the domain name was registered the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation began a series of programs called Think Vancouver which drew community attention to topics of interest to our community.

Ray LeBlond, the President of the Downtown Vancouver Association coined the name ThinkVancouver which was introduced in a short film describing the Downtown Vancouver Association. went online on July 26, 2005 with the following introduction:

“Think Vancouver is a place where our community can become informed, make connections, have conversations, contribute information and ideas, and explore opportunities that contribute to our community.

Think Vancouver gathers information about what we know and what we are doing, gives contributors to our community the opportunity to tell their story, and engages our community in exploring ideas on what we could do or do differently to create a community that works.”

Describing the Downtown Vancouver Association – Film
Downtown Vancouver Association


Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods
Concerns About the Transit Plebiscite

What we could do

We could evolve Think Vancouver into a learning centre for urban design exploring our interests in Vancouver in designing a city which contributes to creating a community we would like to be known for and opportunities, possibilities, and ideas about what we could do and how we could do things to improve the quality of living in our city.

In ThinkVancouver we could organize what we know about urban design, what we are doing, and what is working and contributing to our common interests as a community. Our interest is to become more involved as a community in exploring what we could do to create the city we like to be and like to be known for.

With more points of view, more possibilities are imagined, – and more realized.

Ten things we could be known for

A Centre for the Arts
A City with Leadership
A City that Cares
A Safe City
A Healthy City
A City with Character
A Culturally Diverse City
A City that Works
A Sustainable City
A Centre for Learning


On re:Connect ideas
Brent Toderian – Director of City Planning, City of Vancouver


Urban Land Institute – British Columbia
The Urban Land Institute is an independent nonprofit education and research organization that is supported by its members. ULI’s mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute today has more than 40,000 members from 92 countries representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines. Trusted for its objectivity, ULI neither lobbies nor acts as an advocate for any single industry.
The City in 2050 – Creating Blueprints for Change
Doug Saunders and the city of the future


Chicago Architecture Foundation


Transparency in city government
Supreme Court CANY vs CoV. On trial: The integrity of Vancouver City Hall (secret land swap at 508 Helmcken & 1099 Richards)