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DIALOG Presents at RAIC 2024 Conference on Architecture in Vancouver

April 11, 2024

DIALOG’s Joost Bakker, partner and architect; Cristina Horta, urban designer; Juan Carlos Portuese, associate and architect; Amit Price Patel, partner, architect, and urban designer; and Paul Giles, associate and project manager, will present a session on multi-generational housing and host guided tours at the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) Vancouver Conference on Architecture from May 16 to 18, 2024.

Continuing Education Sessions: Living Better Together: Approaches to Multi-Generational Housing with Amit Price Patel, Cristina Horta, and Juan Carlos Portuese 

May 16, 2024
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Driven by demographic changes, immigration patterns, housing affordability, the climate emergency, and the need for livable places where people can age and grow in place, the desire for sustainable multi-generational housing is greater than ever. The concept of multi-generational housing, where individuals from different generations live under one roof, is gaining significant attention in Canada and around the world.

This session presents a comprehensive exploration of various approaches to multi-generational housing, focusing on how they contribute to fostering stronger intergenerational relationships, promote sustainable living, and enhance overall well-being. It will also feature both a high-density multi-generational mass timber modular housing prototype in Toronto, and a proposed high-rise social housing project in Vancouver inspired by Indigenous values and culture.

This live session is eligible for 1 AIBC CORE LU.

Click HERE to register for the event. 

Architectural Tour: Shipyards + Polygon Gallery with Joost Bakker and John Patkau (Patkau Architects)

May 17, 2024
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Patkau Architects’ The Polygon Gallery is the rebirth of the Presentation House Gallery, which has been a passionately independent photography and media institution in North Vancouver for more than forty years. More site-maker than site response, the building stands at the front of urban waterfront renewal where infrastructure is reimagined and culture outgrows an industrial past.

DIALOG’s The Shipyards is a world-class mixed-use development on the North Vancouver waterfront. It boasts an unparalleled public realm that completes a series of interconnected plazas, transit routes, and recreational spaces. The site is named after the Wallace Shipyards, which date back to the First World War. A reimagined machine shop, known as “Shipyard Commons”, is the centrepiece of the design. This covered outdoor gathering space is a premier local and regional attraction that celebrates the character of the site and its spectacular location.

Note: This event is sold out.

Architectural Tour: Urban Parks with Joost Bakker, Paul Giles, Grace Aaraj (JM Architecture), and James Kao (DA Architects + Planners)

May 18, 2024
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

A tour of two stops will give participants an understanding of the interface of urban parks within the city.

The first tour starts with Rainbow Park sθәqәlxenәm ts’exwts’áxwi7 with DIALOG’s Joost Bakker and Paul Giles and Grace Aaraj, project manager, JM Architecture. DIALOG worked closely with the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation over several years to design this unique and highly innovative park, setting a new direction for park design in the city. It emerged out of a fulsome dialogue between stakeholder groups, municipal government, and the designers that involved numerous engagements and needs assessment exercises. The product is a dynamic concept that serves downtown residents and visitors. This new park brings green space to the city centre as well as provides a place for people to gather, engage in social activities, enjoy an on-site café, and take in their surroundings from the pedestrian bridge.

The second stop is the Vancouver Public Library. The Central Library opened officially on May 26, 1995, following a 1992 winning submission of Moshe Safdie & Associates and local partners Downs/Archambault. James Kao, partner, DA Architects + Planners, and Grace Aaraj will guide the tour through the building atrium, one of the typical library levels ending the tour on the rooftop of the library, offering views of the city skyline from a unique vantage point. In 2018, the Library Square Expansion (LEED Canada Gold) expanded the central public library into two floors that were previously used for office space. Level 8 accommodates a sky-lit double-height space with a grand stair and seating feature, which can be used for lectures, receptions, and other gatherings. On Level 9, nearly one-third of the existing building was deconstructed to make way for a public garden terrace with panoramic views of the city skyline. The entire floor was designed in such a way as to create free-flow circulation and visual transparency between the interior and exterior.

Note: This event is sold out.

About the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Conference on Architecture

This year’s RAIC Conference on Architecture is taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia, from May 14 to 18, 2024. Featuring high-quality learning opportunities that include interactive content, innovative ideas, and engaging discussions, participants at all career levels will take away insights, inspiration, and ideas for practical application. The RAIC 2024 Conference on Architecture features eight (8) streams including: Climate Justice and Resilience, Sustainability, Adaptation and Mitigation; Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice; Health, Safety, and Accessibility; History, Heritage and Culture; Housing, Planning and Urbanism; Indigenous-Led Architecture; Innovation in Materials, Technology and Construction; and The Practice and Business of Architecture.