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Witold Rybcynski to Give Inaugural Warren Gill Memorial Lecture on October 17th.



Dr. Warren Gill was a close family friend and mentor of PlaceSpeak founder and CEO Colleen Hardwick, as well as a good friend of many members of the PlaceSpeak family.


The first annual Warren Gill Memorial Lecture presented by Simon Fraser University’s City Program.

Warren Gill was passionately engaged in the cities and neighbourhoods in which he lived and worked. As a member of the senior administration at SFU, he was instrumental in the development of its downtown campus. As an urban geography professor, he inspired many students. A lecture series in his honour will to continue his questioning, raise new ideas and invoke new ways of thinking about life in the urban context.

Warren Gill performing with classic rock and R&B band, Wager

The inaugural lecture in the series will be given on Monday October 17, 2011 at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts with architect and author, Witold Rybcynski.



Makeshift Metropolis — The insights of Witold Rybcynski

North American cities are not shaped only by architects, planners, legislators or mayors, but by the people who live and work and play in them. Ideas have a role to play, too—and noted author and critic Witold Rybczynski explores the influence that planning theories have had on urbanism in the twentieth century.

He examines old ideas and new, and shows how the 21st-century city is being shaped by mixed-use developments, downtown living, heterogeneity, density and liveliness.


Date: October 17, 2011 – 7 pm

Location: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema in the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (at Woodward’s) 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver (entrance off Cordova Street)

RSVP: Admission is free, but reservations are required.

Sponsored by: McCarthy Tetrault, Parklane Homes, UniverCity, and Simon Fraser University.


Details provided via Gordon Price at Price Tags.


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1 Comment

  1. Colleen Hardwick October 4, 2011

    I love that photo of Warren playing bass. Classic!


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