Join us on Wednesday October 26th for the Public Salon Think Tank Series 

6 speakers will present their ideas on how to address challenging problems. These include the price of housing, mental illness and addiction, reconciliation versus decolonization and great reasons to be proud of British Columbia.

These are ideas that are being considered for the Global Civic Think Tank reports and recommendations.

Let’s make our communities better together!


Doors open at 6:30 pm for Presentations
Musical Performance from 7:00 – 7:30 pm
Presentations from 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Lobby is open for discussion from 9:00 – 10:00 pm
Dinner with the speakers and other guests begins at 6:00 pm


On September 20, 2021 in Vancouver BC Canada, Alain Bertaud participated on the Big Screen at the Vancouver Playhouse with 6 respected local urbanists. This was organized in anticipation of his upcoming visit in 2022 and to help develop ideas to recommend to the city, regional and provincial governments.

Alain Bertaud is the former Chief Urban Planner of the World Bank and author of the internationally acclaimed “Order Without Design”. He began his career working on the le Corbusier designing of Chandigarh, capital of Punjab. He has worked for 50 cities around the world and has been a resident urban planner for 7. He has deep experience and knowledge of how cities work and is currently a Fellow at the Marron Institute of New York City.

The 6 Vancouver Urbanists are data visualizationist Jens von Bergmann, UBC SCARP Planning Professor Julia Harten, Squamish First Nation Leader Chris Lewis, SFU Beedie School Professor Andrey Pavlov, researcher and historian Wendy Waters and Urban Planner Michael Mortensen. MC is Sam Sullivan former Vancouver Mayor and Minister for Municipalities of the British Columbia Government.

Alain Bertaud Urban Planner and Author of “Order Without Design”
Jens von Bergmann Data Visualizationist
Wendy Waters Real Estate Researcher
Chris Lewis Syeta’xtn Squamish First Nation Leader
Andrey Pavlov SFU Professor of Finance
Julia Harten Professor at UBC SCARP
Michael Mortensen Urban Planner

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Public Salon

Our first themed Public Salon is about the challenge of bringing together urban planning with urban economics.

The Public Salon on September 20th will be themed around the ideas of internationally acclaimed planner Alain Bertaud. Six respected local urbanists will engage will Alain and his ideas in the lead up to Alain’s visit to Vancouver next year. 

Alain is the former chief Urban Planner with the World Bank and author of internationally acclaimed “Order Without Design”. He began his career working for le Corbusier designing Chandigarh Capital of Punjab. Alain Bertaudwill share his insights into making a great city with special attention to the Vancouver context.

You will see the data visualization of Jens von Bergmann, Indigenous insights from Squamish Nations Leader Chris Lewis, insights from UBC SCARP Planning Professor Julia Harten, economics from SFU’s Andrey Pavlov, Wendy Water’s Real Estate perspective and thoughts from City Planner Michael Mortensen. 

The ideas of Alain Bertaud could lead Vancouver to be a more affordable, prosperous and vibrant city that evolves organically in response to human needs. 

There will be 5 online workshops during the summer leading up to the Alain Bertaud evening in September. The workshops will be lead by Vancouver Urbanists who will share their thoughts on Alain Bertaud’s book, 
Order Without Design: How Markets Shape Cities.

Members of the Architectural Institute of BC and the Planning Institute of BC are eligible for 1.5 Professional Development Credits for attending. 

BCSLA CE Credits are available for members of the British Columbia Society for Landscape Architects for attending.

Discussion on Alain Bertaud’s Order Without Design

Urban Lunch Meetings With Vancouver Urbanists

We had 5 online Urban Lunches during the summer leading up to the Alain Bertaud evening on September 20th.
Each workshops was lead by a Vancouver Urbanists who shared their thoughts on Alain Bertaud’s book, Order Without Design How Markets Shape Cities.

September 9th – Wendy Waters, Michael Mortensen & Andrey Pavlov

The fifth Urban Lunch includes speakers Wendy Waters, Real Estate researcher, Michael Mortensen, Urban Planner and Andrey Pavlov, Professor at SFU.

Wendy, Michael and Andrey will speak about how the ideas of Alain Bertaud have affected their research and practice.

Don’t miss this hour that will make you think different about our city.

August 26th – Bruce Haden & Oliver Hartleben

Bruce Haden, co-author of Urban Magnets and the co founder of Human Studio. Oliver Hartleben is the former planning head of Guatemala City and current head of IBI’s West Coast Placemaking Team.

Don’t miss this hour that will make you think different about our city.

August 12th – Chris Lewis & David Negrin

Chris Lewis has been at the forefront of the resurgence of indigenous developments that are transforming our region. 

Chris Lewis seeks to ensure that indigenous values remain primary through consultations with elders and other members of the community and that these insights are shared with aboriginal people internationally.

David was head of Concord Pacific as it transformed North False Creek from a rail yard into an internationally celebrated liveable community. David will share his insights on how indigenous values and experiences can teach us all about creating a better, more resilient city.

July 22nd – Julia Harten & Erick Villagomez

Julia and Erick will build on the interesting discussion initiated in the first Urban Lunch with Jens von Bergmann and Nathanael Lauster. Influenced by the work from Alain Bertaud’s Order without Design, They will be sharing insights from their research, they will attempt to weave a more complex narrative around affordability and densification: touching upon their relationship to urban pattern, building type, and social equity.

The session is sure to provoke many interesting questions.

Don’t miss this hour that will make you think different about our city.

July 8th – Jens von Bergmann & Nathanael Lauster

Jens von Bergmann is passionate about data analysis and visualization. He was inspired by Alain Bertaud’s book Order Without Design to calculate the density gradient of Metro Vancouver. He has discovered it is not behaving like other cities. 

Nathanael Lauster is a socialogist, demographer and the author of “Death and Life Of The Single Family House”.

Jens and Nathanael will introduce new research they are doing on new insights into zoning thanks to data analysis. 


The Public Salon has provided a platform for more than 280 presenters and has produced 34 events at the Vancouver Playhouse to an audience of over 18,000 people, “Introducing Vancouver to Itself“.

The Public salons take place at the Vancouver Playhouse at 600 Hamilton St. at Dunsmuir St.

Sam Sullivan and Lynn Zanatta, organizers of the Public Salons

Videos from Past Public Salons

Names are ordered alphabetically by first name. Please click on a presenter to view their presentation.

| Aaron Sanderson | Adrian Crook | Adrian Glynn & Fringe Percussion | Al Etmanski  | Alan Twigg  | Alexander Weimann  | Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos  |Alexandra Gill | Anadi Canepa  | Andrea Paquette  |  Andrew J. Petter  |  Arran Stephens  |  Bal Arneson  |  Barbara-Jo McIntosh  |  Ben Sparrow  |  Bettina Matzkuhn  |  Dr. Bill MacEwan  |  Bill Rees  |  Bill Richardson  |  Bob Rennie  |  Borealis Quartet  |  Brett Finlay  |  Brian Canfield  |  Dr. Brian Day  |  Brian Scudamore  |  Bruce Haden  |  Bruno Freschi  | Candy Ho  | Carol Anne Hilton | Caroline MacGillivray  |  Carolyn Chan  |  Carolyn Tuckwell  |  Chan Hon Goh  |  Charles Barber  |  Charles Montgomery  |  Charlie Annenberg-Weingarten  |  Chip Wilson  |  Chris Doray  |  Chris Morrissey  | Chris Brandt | Christopher Gaze  | Chuck Davis  | Clancy DennehyDr. Clara van KarnebeekClaudia Li |  Cory Ashworth  |  Cornelia Hahn Oberlander  |  Craig Tomlinson  |  Crystal Pite  |  Dale McClanaghan  |  Dale McKay  |  Daniel Kalla  |  David Allison  |  David Granirer  |  David Moscrop  |  David Lemon  |  David Robertson  |  Dessert Menu Reading Contest  |  Devon Brooks  |  Diane Finegood  |  DJ Kearney  |  Don Alder  |  Donald MacPherson  |  Emad Armoush  |  Douglas Todd  | Emelia Symington-Fedy | Eran Sudds  | Eric Termuende | Erika Bergman | Erin Treloar  |  Eric Peterson  |  Erick Lichte | Etienne van Eck  |   Farzana Jaffer Jeraz  |  Dr. Gabor Mate  | Gaby Eirew  |  Gary Stephen Ross  |  Genesa Greening  |  Genevieve Ennis Hume  | George BelliveauGina Morris  |  Graeme Berglund  |  Graham Harrop  |  Grant Lawrence  |  Hal Gunn  |  Hannah Epperson  |  Hank Bull  |  Major Harjit Sajjan  |  Heather Watson  |  Henry Tsang  |  Henry Yu  |  Holman Wang  |  Holly Peck  |  Howard Trottier  |  Ilana Labow  |  Jack Austin  |  James Tansey  |  Jane Coop  |  Jas Johal  |  Jason Lindstrom  |  Jay DeMerit  |  Jem Garrard  |  Jen Wladichuk |  Jennifer Gardy  |  Jim Bolger  |  JJ Lee  |  Jocelyn Morlock  |  Joesh Khunkhun  | John Burns  |  John Fluevog  |  John Korsrud  |  John Robinson  |  Dr. John Webb  |  Jonathan Becker  |  Jonathan Tippett  |  Jorge Amigo |  Joseph Dahmen |  Judy Graves  |  Judy Illes  |  Kahlil Ashanti  |  Kate Armstrong  | Katheryn Petersen & Ben Metis  | Kate Hennessy  | Kathy Kinloch  |  Kedrick James  | Keith Ahamad | Ken Lum  | Ken Tsui  |  Kevin Chong  |  Kevin Vallely  |  Tsawwassen Chief Kim Baird  |  Kim Peacock  |  Kishor Wasan  |  Kwiaahwah Jones  |  Lance Barrett Lennard  |  Chief Justice Lance Finch  | Landon Mackenzie  | Lara Boyd  |  Lauren Mote  |  Leigh Boyle  | Leslie Van Duzer | Liam Brunham  | Linda Solomon Wood  | Livona Ellis  |  Lotte Davis  | Ludovica Mazzucato  |  Marie Khouri  |  Marjan Jamsaz  |  Mark Angelo  |  Mark Brand  |  Mark Jaccard  |  Mark Vessey  |  Professor Mark Wexler  |  Mark Winston  | Marke Driesschen  |  Martha Carter  |  Dr. Martin Andresen  |  Matt Harper |  Matthew Soules  |  Maureen McGrath  |  Max Cameron  |  Dr. Max Cynader  |  Mebrat Beyene  |  Meeru Dhalwala  |  Michael Driedger  |  Michael Goldberg  |  Michael Green  |  Dr. Michael Krausz  |  Dr. Michael Tenzer   Michael Tippett  |  Michael Stevenson  |  Michaëlle Jean  |  Michelle Faehrmann  |  Minelle Mahtani  |  Miriam Laroche  |  Mo Dhaliwal  |  Mohamed Assani  |  Nancy McKinstry  |  Ned Bell  |  Nejeed Kassam  |  Dr. Nicole Aubè  |  Nicole Bridger  |  Norman Armour  |  Omer Arbel  |  Pamela Liversidgel  |  Paul Pelletier  |  Patrick Condon  |  Patrick Lucas  |  Paul Conder  |  Paul Dragan  |  Paul Merrick  |  Paul Plimley  |  Peg Fong  |  Penny Gurstein  |  Peter Klein  |  Peter McKnight  |  Peter Ross  |  Pieter Romer  |  Philippe Tortell  |  Peter Tingling  |  Dr. Redouane Al Fakir  |  Richard Hulbert |  Richard Lowy | Rick Antonson | Robert Silverman  |  Robert Sung  |  Dr. Roger Shick  |  Ron Rule  |  Rosemary Conder  |  Rudy Buttignol  |  Ryan Holmes  |  Sal Ferreras  | Salimah Ebrahim  |  Sapna Dayal  |  Sarah Maitland  |  Scott Jones  |  Shachi Kurl  |  Shannen O’Brian  |  Shari Graydon  |  Shengtian Zheng   |  Dr. Shimi Kang  |  Sirish Rao  |  Sonya Kashyap  |  Stanley Coren  |  Steve Curtis  |  Steve Pratt  |  Steve Rio  |  Sukh Brar  |  Tasha Guenther  |  Taylor Owen  |  Terry McBride  |  Judge Thomas Gove  |  Thomas Bevan  |  Tim Laidler  |  Timothy Taylor  |  Trevor Boddy  |  Trevor Stokes | Unjali Malhotra | Dr. V. Setty Pendakur | Wally Opal | Walter Mustapich | Wayne Hartrick | Wendy Pattenden | Yosef Wosk | Zoe Pawlak