Spreading the Gospel of Vancouverism
"Mr. Beasley is identified with so-called Vancouverism, a planning movement that is "characterized by tall, but widely separated, slender towers interspersed with low-rise buildings, public spaces, small parks and pedestrian-friendly streetscapes and facades to minimize the impact of a high-density population," according to The New York Times.
Since stepping down as the city's chief planner, Mr. Beasley, 60, has taken Vancouverism abroad, to cities as distant and different as Dallas, Rotterdam and Abu Dhabi. He is putting even more emphasis on sustainable planning. Not as a catchy marketing device, but as a real, practical, technology-based solution to urban woes such as traffic congestion, pollution, and general hideousness.
He has his work cut out for him: Among his many assignments is the improvement of Ottawa."