Upcoming Events

March 30, 2013 – Coal Hard Questions – featuring Kevin Washbrook of Voters Taking Action on Climate Change

7pm at the Cafe For Contemporary Art (141 E Esplanade, North Vancouver)



November 29 – Project Waterfront: The Waterfront Transformed – North Van Design Jam Awards Showcase

7pm at the Cafe For Contemporary Art (141 E Esplanade, North Vancouver)

Featuring Key note speaker Gordon Price – Director of SFUs ‘The City Program’
Join us for the much anticipated conclusion to the North Van Design Jam, as we unveil the entries and winners of our acclaimed design competition, and award prizes.  Listen to key note speaker Gordon Price.  Drink beer provided by the North Shore’s only brewing company, Bridge Brewing Company.

Be a part of the community conversation!
See you there!

For more information on the design competition, visit the Design Jam website here: www.nvuf.org/designjam/

Project Waterfront: North Van Design Jam – An Open Charrette & Design Competition

The City of North Vancouver has its own process for the development of the Central Waterfront.  We’re not trying to compete with that, but we want to get the creative juices flowing!  We want the community to get excited about Lot 5, and to have a say in the creation of our neighbourhood.

The ‘What’: The public is invited to get informed/inspired and design Lot 5. From private individuals to student design teams to professional design firms, everyone from near and far is invited to participate in this non-binding design and community building process.  There’ll be prizes, not to mention fame and prestige!

The details: Got an idea about what you want to see  on the Shipbuilders site at the foot of Lonsdale?  Do you have a talent for design and want to show off your skills?  Are you tired of the same old developers pushing their profit driven plans for the creation of our communities?  Have you travelled somewhere that has some amazing uses of their waterfront that you want to replicate on the North Shore?  Get drawing, get writing, get photo-shopping.  We’ll leave the format of the submission up to you – however your creativity manifests itself is just fine with us.
Need some help?  Looking for details (forthcoming)?  Looking for clarification?  Email us: info@northvan-urbanforum.org

Happy designing!


May 16

Community Conversations Series: Kris Bulcroft of Capilano University

North Van Urban Forum is pleased to invite the public and Council to join us for the fifth edition of our community conversations series. We welcome Capilano University President Kris Bulcroft who will present the University’s vision of their future in the Lower Lonsdale waterfront.

The talk begins May 16th at 7pm and runs until 9pm at cafe for contemporary art.  Admission is free and the format is casual.

May 7

Council Delegation: Low Level Road / Port Metro Vancouver Expansion Project Business Case
Approximately 8.15PM at Council Chambers, City Hall, 141 W.14th Street, North Vancouver, BC

On June 11, 2012 North Vancouver City Council will decide whether to proceed with the Low Level Road Project.

Please join North Vancouver Urban Forum in bringing greater transparency and discussion to the project with a delegation at City Hall on May 7th, 2012. See our letter below:

NVUF Low Level Road Letter to Council 2012.04.03

May 9

Screening of the Magoffin Reels and Public Discussion
7PM at the Café for Contemporary Art at 140 Esplanade East, North Vancouver

Putting the Low Level Road into Perspective: Industry, Labour, and What the Early 20th Century Colonial Reconstruction of the North Vancouver Waterfront Looked Like.

Brochure for “The Magoffin Reels”


Council Workshop: Central Waterfront
6PM at Council Chambers, City Hall, 141 W.14th Street, North Vancouver, BC

Find about the City’s integrated approach to the area stretching from the Pier development to Lonsdale Quay!

See page 5 of the Council Agenda meeting for links to more information:



Commons Aspirations1: Imagining Lot 5 – A Community Brainstorm (March 10 – April 1) will see the walls of the Cafe for Contemporary Art’s gallery painted black and turned over to the able and willing minds of the neighborhood. Chalk will be provided, all are welcome to participate, and hopefully, a unified community voice will begin to crystallise. There will be space for responding publicly to the questions such as: Big or small, do you have a plan for Lot 5? What is it?; what kind of space do you imagine for Lot 5?; what sort of building materials or architectural features should be considered for Lot 5? What sorts of uses or tenants do you imagine would be ideal for the site?  Unleash your creativity… think big, think boldly, share your ideas with the community!


On Now:

Lower Lonsdale: Pasts & Presents
Date: January 26 ~ March 4, 2012
Venue: Café for Contemporary Art
Project Partners/Sponsors: North Vancouver Museum & Archives

Description:  In collaboration with the North Vancouver Museum and Archives the Lower Lonsdale Waterfront Commons Initiative will be hosting an exhibition and speaker’s series about Lower Lonsdale past and present.  History will be represented through a combination of voices.  The NVMA will be contributing a thoughtfully selected series of photos illustrating Lower Lonsdale’s history and the Squamish First Nation is being invited to share their history of the area as well.  Further, personal stories such as that of Stella Jo-Dean and her gallery which was once present at 7 Lonsdale will be presented on independent panels, and a space will be provided for the public to share their own recent and long past stories as well.  The present, meanwhile, will find representation in Lovin’ Lolo, an appreciative inquiry photo project by Lower Lonsdale Waterfront Commons Initiative founding member, Cath-Anne Ambrose.

Lovin’ LoLo: An Appreciative Inquiry Photo Project.  Opening night Jan 26 @ The Cafe for Contemporary Art

The Commons: Sharing Public Spaces.  Jan 12-21 @ The Cafe for Contemporary Art