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  • BT | A | Works » 2011 Vancouver Trick or Treating Hotspots: An @BTArchitects Experiment in Crowd Mapping
    to be an epicenter of Halloween spirit These observations being said there are a few challenges and limitations towards the representativeness of crowdsourced crowdmapped data Clearly many more data points need to be gathered before this map could ever be suggested to be statistically representative One needs motivated crowds to report a post sugar haze may not be one of them Within this data the issue of respondent bias occurs where the data may reflect who the respondent is as much as the desired phenomenon that is being measure The maps created through crowdmapping are only as good as the crowd who are doing the mapping These maps may reflect more those who have access or desire to use social media than the actual measured phenomenon itself as the method defines the responses As an example does Strathcona have the most trick or treaters Or does Strathcona have the most BTA social media subscribers who live in the neighborhood and are generous enough to share information about the trick or treaters While using new technologies like social media and online mapping resources this experiment also reflects age old and ongoing challenges and limitation in data gathering and interpretation From an urban metrics level high density tower districts do not seem to be not very friendly towards trick or treaters At the same time the neighborhoods that are often identified as the most affluent in the city did not necessarily see many Trick or Treaters Neighborhoods that saw the most Trick or Treaters tended to be in the older inner ring street care suburbs of Vancouver who often share a pedestrian friendly scale and block structure compared to other parts of the region Both in the number of responses and location of responses from Strathcona as well as number of trick

    Original URL path: http://www.btaworks.com/2011/11/03/2011-vancouver-trick-or-treating-hotspots-an-btarchitects-experiment-in-crowd-mapping/ (2016-04-28)
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  • BT | A | Works » Turning Schools into ‘Neighbourhood Learning Hubs’
    Architects and Andy Yan from BTAworks 0 COMMENTS Comments are closed RSS Subscribe ARTICLE CATEGORIES ALL 72 Data Desk 47 Research Papers 33 Observations 37 A Look Back 8 Media 25 Public Programming 7 Search Bing Thom Architects BTArchitects Join the conversation Data Desk March 21 2013 BTAworks Foreign Investment in Vancouver Real Estate Slide Presentation at SFU Woodwards The Presentation Slidedeck A special thanks to Am Johal Community Engag

    Original URL path: http://www.btaworks.com/2010/11/01/turning-schools-into-neighbourhood-learning-hubs/ (2016-04-28)
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  • BT | A | Works » Observations
    square feet for single family lots with 50 foot frontages and approximate 500 square feet for the vast majority of lots with 33 foot frontages While the City s proposal will provide a new source of rental housing for a targeted population of seniors singles and couples the City s substantial condominium industry already produces a ready stream of this type of housing units Based upon our recent condominium ownership study the market has been very effective at producing a large number of small rental apartments Essentially investors have been buying small condos in droves and renting them out We do not actually need more of this type of housing what we do need are rental units with two or more bedrooms that can be occupied by young families so they can take advantage of infrastructure that already exists in our single family neighborhoods The City needs to find a way that they can encourage the market to produce this kind of housing and laneway housing could hold the key In other words rather than have a maximum size of 500 sf feet for a laneway house on a 33 foot lot the City should be using all its resources and creativity both inside and outside the Hall to figure out how to put livable and affordable secondary family units on a 33 foot lot The fact that the City is now allowing laneway houses to be built on a test case basis is a very positive step but unless more leeway can be given as to the size form and parking requirements for this housing the experiment will be of limited value We need to broaden the discussion by allowing larger units that could be inhabited by young families with one or two children This is an opportunity that should be studied beyond planning regulations and building design It should also involve investigating and testing different building delivery methods complementary financing and ownership models and potential incentives to encourage its construction With an aging population and declining birth rates laneway housing could be part of the bulwark to Vancouver s ability to retain these critical young workers While our solid stock of smaller units works well at initially attracting these workers unfortunately the lack of available family housing is forcing these workers to leave and find work elsewhere once they decide to start a family The real tragedy about this is that this occurs often at the point in their careers where they are the most valuable to our economy so their loss often to locations outside the city or even the province is detrimental to our future productivity and competitiveness Michael Heeney is a partner and the executive director for Bing Thom Architects Observations July 6 2009 The City as Ecosystem The City as Ecosystem Recently we ve been looking much more closely at the work of those we like to call the system thinkers the William McDonoughs Michael Braungarts and Janine Benyus s of the world Their

    Original URL path: http://www.btaworks.com/category/observations/page/4/ (2016-04-28)
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  • BT | A | Works » The 0.3 Percent – Properties under $500,000 in the City of Vancouver’s Single Family Home Districts and Other Details
    Other details in this map include Overall Patterns 42 percent of overall properties in the study population were over 1 million however as earlier identified this pattern is highly geographically uneven with Main Street and specifically Ontario Street being the principal dividing line with value shifts depending where a property falls either west or east of Ontario Street In one sample block with similar housing stock on either side properties west of Ontario were worth between 100 000 to 300 000 more than their counterparts east of it East of Main Patterns 7 percent of our study parcels east of Main were equal or more than 1 million in the 2011 BC Assessment or conversely 93 percent of our study parcels were under 1 million West of Main Patterns 89 percent of our study parcels west of Main were equal or more than 1 million in the 2011 BC Assessment or conversely 11 percent of parcels were under 1 million This Study in the News An interesting web dialogue has occured with the publication of this map and two subsequent analysis are of particular note one written by Pete McMartin in the Vancouver Sun and another by Gordon Price on his blog Price Tags Thank you Pete and Gordon for sharing your insights on these patterns 3 COMMENTS Comments are closed Wendy 12 16 11 at 1 11am I live in the Commercial Drive area have for 11 years and a big trend in this area is the replacement of a small house on a 33 X 122 lot or 25 X 90 lot with a duplex The zoning allows for this here Once each new duplex is complete the value of the lot improvements is about 1 4 to 1 6 Million based on sale prices But each family

    Original URL path: http://www.btaworks.com/2011/12/12/the-0-3-percent-%e2%80%93-properties-under-500000-in-vancouver-single-family-home-districts-and-other-details/ (2016-04-28)
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  • BT | A | Works » School Enrollment Growth and Decline in Burnaby, Coquitlam, Richmond, Surrey, and Vancouver
    school enrollment is very uneven as cities like Vancouver and Coquitlam declined by 3 092 5 5 percent and 2 451 students 7 4 percent respectively whereas Surrey grew by 6 452 students 11 percent Surrey has the only public school enrollment to grow as Vancouver Burnaby Richmond and Coquitlam shrunk by four to seven percent Since the 1999 2000 school year the public elementary and secondary school system in Surrey has had the largest enrollment in the Metro Vancouver region Independent school enrollment has grown by 19 percent 5 300 students on average in 10 years Growth in independent school enrollment in Burnaby Richmond Surrey and Vancouver ranges from 0 1 to 36 percent Public school enrollment declines in Burnaby and Vancouver have occurred while the population of school aged children aged 5 18 is at near 10 year highs in these cities Average birth rates in the region are at record lows From a 20 year perspective the school age population in every school district is at an all time high 40 percent of independent schools in Burnaby Coquitlam Richmond Surrey and Vancouver are less than 20 years old The decline in public school enrollment may not necessarily be attributed towards just the student outflow into the independent system and the user fragmentation of primary and secondary education but also the effects of changing demography and housing costs and type to restrain the growth of the total number of families with children and number of children in Metro Vancouver Enrollment patterns illustrate a set of large urban planning consequences challenges and opportunities for cities in the region in term of affordable family oriented housing for low and middle income families family oriented development and the intensification and densification of schools as an educational land reserve Between a growing

    Original URL path: http://www.btaworks.com/2010/11/18/public-and-independent-school-enrollment-growth-and-decline-in-burnaby-coquitlam-richmond-surrey-and-vancouver/ (2016-04-28)
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  • BT | A | Works » Research Papers
    condos are not owner occupied BTAworks a new research and development consulting division of Bing Thom Architects examined data from the City of Vancouver BC Assessment BC Hydro and the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation for 2 400 condos in Downtown Vancouver almost 10 percent of all the condos in the area Working with BC Hydro data we were able to determine that only 5 5 to 8 percent of study condos were unoccupied states Andrew Yan a BTAworks researcher and Urban Planner who led the study While the number of empty condos in Downtown Vancouver is low condos in our study were typically non owner occupied but rented out by their owners In addition to an estimate on empty condos the study found that Condo ownership is a relatively new form of housing for Vancouver Over 88 percent of condo units in Downtown Vancouver have been built since 1990 Less than 40 percent of downtown condos have more than one bedroom The majority of condos are not occupied by the property owner The majority of non owner occupied condos are owned by BC residents with a scattering of foreign owners predominately from the western US states such as California Washington and Arizona Owner occupied units are typically worth 30 000 to 40 000 more than non owner occupied units and the more bedrooms the unit has the more likely it is to be owner occupied A family with one child in the City of Vancouver earning the median income of 75 000 a year would have great difficulty in finding and paying for a condo bigger than one bedroom even if condo prices were to fall 25 percent below 2008 assessment levels The study findings outline some of the elements behind Downtown Vancouver s remarkable housing boom and suggests

    Original URL path: http://www.btaworks.com/category/research-papers/page/4/ (2016-04-28)
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  • BT | A | Works » Why is Vancouver Real Estate So Expensive?
    ARTICLE CATEGORIES ALL 72 Data Desk 47 Research Papers 33 Observations 37 A Look Back 8 Media 25 Public Programming 7 Search Bing Thom Architects BTArchitects Join the conversation Data Desk March 21 2013 BTAworks Foreign Investment in Vancouver Real Estate Slide Presentation at SFU Woodwards The Presentation Slidedeck A special thanks to Am Johal Community Engag More Data Desk July 14 2011 Sea Level Rise will Mark a Sea

    Original URL path: http://www.btaworks.com/2010/08/21/why-is-vancouver-real-estate-so-expensive/ (2016-04-28)
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  • BT | A | Works » Climate Change and the City of Vancouver
    blog for Part One of the publication 0 COMMENTS Comments are closed RSS Subscribe ARTICLE CATEGORIES ALL 72 Data Desk 47 Research Papers 33 Observations 37 A Look Back 8 Media 25 Public Programming 7 Search Bing Thom Architects BTArchitects Join the conversation Data Desk March 21 2013 BTAworks Foreign Investment in Vancouver Real Estate Slide Presentation at SFU Woodwards The Presentation Slidedeck A special thanks to Am Johal Community

    Original URL path: http://www.btaworks.com/2010/03/31/btaworks-in-the-news/ (2016-04-28)
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