Hillside Developments: The Social Developer  
The Social Developer  -   September 2006


Waterfall Building 

How Buildings Learn

How Buildings Learn
Stewart Brand





Condominiums: A Social Experiment
Individually owned apartments are the main form of housing in many cities. The concept and the management structures that support it are frighteninly new, with untested implications that make this form of housing nothing less than an enormous social experiment. By Stephen Hynes.

The Mess We Have Made
"The nation's built landscape no longer differentiates between places. The "look of anywhere" prevails. If people don't know and feel where they are, they don't know who they are." By Roberta Gratz and Norman Mintz.

How To Be An Architect
Our future designers are being educated into the science of good design. What they are missing is an understanding of what uderlies this science, or the critical faculties to question its basic assumptions. By Arthur Erickson.

Two Chairs Interview
Arthur Erickson and Stephen Hynes talk about the problems of development in Vancouver and other cities, and how they work together to create architecture that promotes community. 

Available Spaces
See for yourself the kind of community innovative urban housing can create by leasing a space in Vancouver's most desirable live/work buildings.

Regulatory Agencies: The Unknown Problem
"Progress and reaction have both turned out to be swindles. Seemingly, there is nothing left but quietism- robbing reality of its terrors by simply submitting to it." George Orwell

Different levels of government impose a very large cost on development. The substantial array of fees and pronounced requirements is only the beginning. Complex and changing rules, hidden "internal" policies of interpretation and a bureaucracy that is so stunningly complex that it is incapable of meaningful consistency cost far more. This freezes innovation, which carries the unpredictable overhead of departing from tightly pre-defined pathways of approval, and this lack of innovation carries substantial social costs.

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