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    International Waterfronts Panel: Vancouver, Canada + SF Bay Area Waterfront Edges

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm PDT

    AIASF International Practice Committee featured event with support of Urban Design + Infrastructure Committee as part of an AIASF multi-committee program has designed a series of discussions on Waterfront Design.

    Our fourth session in the series will include International Waterfront projects:
    Granville Island Redevelopment, Vancouver, Canada and Lower Lonsdale Waterfront, North Vancouver, Canada as well as San Francisco Bay Area Waterfront Edges

    Thanks to Dri Design‘s generous support, the first 48 registrations for this program were complimentary.


    The events in this series are exclusively available online during Covid-19 pandemic until the reopening of the AIASF facilities. Please register at link below to gain access to the Zoom Panel Discussion.

    DIALOG’s Joost Bakker and Vance Harris will present Granville Island and Lower Lonsdale Waterfront projects in Vancouver, alongside City Design’s Kristen Hall presenting Bay Area Waterfront Edges project in San Francisco. Elizabeth Macdonald of UC Berkeley will be moderating this session as the panel discusses best practices around design and delivery of large-scale leisure waterfront developments followed by Q&A.

    This session offers an exchange of ideas around very complex and multi-phased project typologies. We present this at a time when reduced Port activity, underutilized land and sea-level rise present unique development opportunities and challenges to San Francisco’s waterfronts. San Francisco is one of the world’s most well-known and storied global waterfront cities, but it now faces significant challenges in protecting its historic assets, improving resilience, activating and improving access along its diverse waterfront edge. International cities can offer lessons learned through their successful waterfront planning, design and development. This event aims to showcase some of these projects to the AIA community in San Francisco by featuring multidisciplinary teams from major waterfront developments.

    These presentations from international practices on global waterfront projects will offer valuable lessons for current challenges facing on the City of San Francisco’s waterfront.



    Gold Sponsor

    AIASF and the International Practice Committee would like to thank Dri Design for their Gold-level sponsorship of this program. Thanks to Dri Design‘s generous support, the first 48 registrations for this program were complimentary.


    Learning Objectives

    After attending this program, participants will be able to:

      1. Appreciate the importance of establishing a patient and open approach to consultation and engagement (with multiple, diverse stakeholders) as early in the design process as possible
      2. Understand the complexities of multi-modal urban space and its relationship to the city
      3. Implement a wealth of hard-earned lessons on what worked from a technical standpoint and what didn’t
      4. Understand historical context and past use to creatively negotiate for uniqueness of place


    Featured Projects

    Lower Lonsdale Waterfront, North Vancouver, Canada
    Presenters: Vance Harris and Joost Bakker
    Masterplan/Architecture: DIALOG
    Client: Various

    An exercise in engagement, diplomacy, placemaking, wayfinding, technical facility design, public art integration and urban renewal, DIALOG will look at waterfront projects from past and present. With a solid foundation rooted in the past success of Granville Island, DIALOG continues to challenge the future of design for Vancouver waterfronts. Through the lens of Granville Island and Lower Lonsdale Waterfront developments, DIALOG will explore; access to transit, the importance of public realm, the integration of light industrial and also an active multimodal, multi-jurisdictional waterfronts. DIALOG will look at how the Lower Lonsdale development connects the local residents and patrons of various neighborhoods along a series of transit routes, plazas, and recreational spaces. At the centre of this site is Shipyard Commons—a historic building that is both an origin and a destination. This project is connected to a series of shops continuing to the waterfront, intersecting with a combined pedestrian and bike route known as Spirit Trail, where the spectacular view of Vancouver Harbour is breathtaking.

    Mission Rock, San Francisco
    Presenter: Kristen Hall
    Urban Design: Kristen Hall City Design
    Client: Giants, Tishman Speyer and Port of San Francisco

    As we plan for sea levels rise, we have the opportunity to redefine the way the city meets the water’s edge. The complex conditions of tidal changes, storm surge, and sea level rise create a continuously changing edge condition, and a wonderfully dynamic design challenge. In this presentation, Kristen will share several projects that she has worked on around the Bay, and the various ways each project worked within its constraints to shape a responsive, dynamic, and place-specific Bay Edge. The projects discussed will include Mission Rock, Potrero Power Station, Resilient Marin City, and one other confidential waterfront project in the Bay Area.


    About the Moderator

    Elizabeth Macdonald, PhD
    Architect, Principal of Jacobs Macdonald, Professor of Landscape Architecture and City and Regional Planning at the University of California.

    Professor Macdonald is a registered architect and principal of Jacobs Macdonald: Cityworks, an urban design practice formed in collaboration with her partner Allan Jacobs. She works nationally and internationally on urban design and planning projects. Notable projects include the design of Octavia Boulevard to replace San Francisco’s earthquake damaged Central Freeway, the redesign of Pacific Boulevard in Vancouver’s recently built high-density False Creek North neighborhood, and streetscape design for the Plan Abu Dhabi 2030, San Francisco’s Better Streets Plan, and San Francisco’s Market/Octavia Neighborhood Plan. She is the recipient of numerous design awards, including from the American Planning Association, the Federal Highway Administration, the California Transportation Foundation, the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Commission, San Francisco Beautiful, the Congress for the New Urbanism, and the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Institute of Architects. Ms. Macdonald studies public space design, with a focus on challenging long-standing and entrenched street design standards and norms that prioritize motorized vehicle movement over other uses, the evaluation of implemented urban design plans and projects, and designing for livability and environmental responsibility. Her recent book, entitled Urban Waterfront Promenades (Routledge, 2017), presents 38 promenade case studies, analyzing their physical form, social use, the circumstances under which they were built, the public policies that brought them into being, and the threats from sea level rise and the responses that have been made.


    About the Presenters

    Joost Bakker
    Principal, DIALOG

    A fourth-generation architect, Joost is focused on innovative urban design, mixed-use, institutional, and cultural projects both at home in Canada and abroad. His passion for enhancing the public realm has led to his involvement in projects in Canada, China, the United States, and Denmark. Joost contributes significantly to the public life of his community. He is currently on the Board of the Western Front and is past president of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation and the Contemporary Art Gallery. He was also a member of the City of Vancouver Public Art Committee and a past member of a civic political party. Throughout his career, Joost has maintained a parallel art practice. He’s been involved in set design, monument design (most notably the Royal Canadian Navy Monument), and numerous drawing exhibitions. Joost is a source of guidance and inspiration for his fellow DIALOGers and is especially engaged in the growth of up-and-coming design professionals. Joost also energizes the studio by leading many complex competition entries. He fosters collaboration between all our studios and helps facilitate knowledge transfers between designers and across disciplines. Joost has set the precedent for deep listening before designing in the culture of our entire team.

    Kristen Hall
    Urban Design Principal, Kristen Hall City Design

    Kristen Hall, AICP is an urban designer and city planner who specializes in complex urban infill projects in politically challenging landscapes. Her work centers on creating equitable, sustainable, and resilient communities. She has played a prominent role in the transformation of San Francisco’s Central Waterfront, leading the urban design for a number of large, post-industrial projects, including Mission Rock with the San Francisco Giants, and the redevelopment of the Potrero Power Station. Through her experience both in the US and internationally, she has worked across many different scales and contexts to design master plans, write guidelines, direct public outreach, lead entitlement processes, and create implementation strategies. She works with cities, private developers, institutions, and public-private partnerships – and this diversity of client experience enables her to effectively lead projects which require all parties to work together. Kristen’s core area of expertise is delivering projects that require innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and stakeholder engagement. She also teaches urban design at UC Berkeley and San Jose State University.

    Vance Harris
    Principal, DIALOG

    Vance brings his passion for design, technical coordination, and leadership to the DIALOG team. He uses his wide range of skills for a diverse set of project types, including transit infrastructure, complex mixed-use residential, civic, hospitality, and public art. Vance has led design and coordination efforts on game-changing light rail projects in several large Canadian cities. In each case, his work begins with analyzing community land-use patterns and finishes with thoughtfully detailing the passenger realm. Vance has coordinated many major public art installations, including the Royal Canadian Navy Monument in the nation’s capital. He is currently interested in exploring the use of mass timber technology in private developments. As a modest and diplomatic leader, Vance uses constructive criticism, effective mediation, and firm design direction to benefit his team and client groups.


    Coming up next in this series:

    • Online Panel: Waterfront Project Presentation, September 2020
    • Online Panel: Waterfront Project Presentation, October 2020
    • AIASF Waterfronts Symposium, Date TBD
      • Led by the AIASF International Practice Committee and supported by the Urban Design + Infrastructure Committee and their guests, addressing local application of the preceding events


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