Jane’s Walk 2014

Jane’s Walk is an annual series of free neighbourhood walking tours that helps put people in touch with their environment and each other by bridging social and geographic gaps and creating a space for cities to discover themselves. It honours the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs who championed the interests of local residents and pedestrians over a car-centered approach to planning. Since its inception in 2007, Jane’s Walk has happened in cities across North America, and is growing internationally. Preparations are now underway for this year’s Vancouverevent, coordinated by Architecture for Humanity Vancouver. Local residents are encouraged to  get in touch and involved: lead a walk, become a volunteer or just cheer others on. Walks are led by anyone who has an interest in the neighbourhoods in which they live, work or hang out. Not only about architecture and heritage, these free tours offer a more personal take on local culture, social history and the planning issues faced by residents. For more information visit Jane’s Walk.

Current Exhibition: Celebrating Diversity

May 1 – June 12, 2014

The exhibit features the work of graduating students from British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Architectural Science program. This year’s studio projects focus on British Columbia’s Strathcona neighbourhood. In the studio, students were challenged to develop a master plan, and then to select specific sites and programs for the area. The resulting exhibition showcases the students’ projects from the pre-design through to technical detailing phases. In developing their concepts, students consulted with local residents, businesses, not-for-profit organizations and design professionals to refine their ideas. You can download the BCIT Exhibition poster for more information.

2014 Call for Council Election Scrutineers

The 2014 AIBC Annual Meeting commences at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 3. One of the highlights of the annual meeting is the election of members to the governing council for the AIBC.  Ballot counting will take place during the annual meeting, commencing shortly after the meeting is called to order. The ballot counting is done by scrutineers in accordance with AIBC Bylaw 24 as well as the Council Election Balloting Procedures established by AIBC Council. To that end, the institute invites expressions of interest from persons wishing to be appointed as scrutineers. In order to be considered, you must submit a letter of intent via e-mail to the Office of the Executive Director (mernest@aibc.ca) no earlier than 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 7, 2014 and no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, with receipt confirmed by the date/time stamp of the AIBC e-mail server. Selected scrutineers will be appointed officially by the AIBC Council President shortly after the annual meeting is called to order. More information about the 2014 Annual Meeting and Council Elections.