Upcoming Talk

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Shaping Vancouver 2024:

Community-Based Planning Conversation 1

Tuesday, April 16  |  7 pm – 8:45pm  |  Free but donations to help cover costs appreciated

We will hold our first of several talks in 2024 on community engagement and planning to set the stage for a few discussion events we have in the works on the state of engagement, planning and development centred around people and communities locally. This first event will be a conversation with Irwin Oostindie, Director at VOOR Urban Labs. We will have a wide ranging discussion with Irwin on decolonization in urban planning, the importance of community engagement in neighbourhood planning, the relationships between urban planning and heritage, and the criticisms of community planning, community work and community solutions in the Vancouver context. This first discussion will inform the development of the other discussions on community and planning in the rest of this series.


Bio for Irwin Oostindie

Irwin Oostindie is a public scholar on issues of reconciliation and redress and unpacking settler histories in Vancouver. An Associate of SFU’s Institute for the Humanities, he has an MA in Communications, graduate diploma in Urban Studies, and post-graduate certificate in Media Arts. Irwin has served as both Communications and Executive Director for non-profits and public institutions including the Roundhouse, Gallery Gachet, North Vancouver Arts Council, Under the Volcano Festivals, and W2, and has worked for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, City of Vancouver, and Vancouver Park Board. Irwin is Director of Voor Urban Labs, based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, supporting urban research and inclusive city planning across Canada. Born and raised in Vancouver, he is passionate about living cultural heritage, and improving public policy so Vancouver works for everyone.

We thank SFU Vancity Office of Community Engagement for their support in delivering and presenting this event.