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A pocket neighbourhood designed by Ross Chapin.
A pocket neighbourhood designed by Ross Chapin.

The small-home in a pocket neighbourhood philosophy, a la Ross Chapin, has attracted big interest in the past and continues to do so.

“Livability and sustainability – not to mention affordability – are key words in the Vancouver region right now as cities struggle to balance a need to accommodate an estimated one million more residents over the next 25 years with a desire to preserve green space and limit urban sprawl.”

Read the article in the Vancouver Sun which follows up on last week’s Ross Chapin talk at UBC sponsored by Small Housing B.C and the Vancouver Labratory for Housing Alternatives.

An Evening with Ross Chapin


Pencil this event into your calendar!

Wednesday, January 23, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Fredric Lasserre Building
6333 Memorial Road
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

For 15 years, Ross Chapin, FAIA, an architect, land planner and author from Seattle, WA, has pioneered the advocacy of Pocket Neighbourhoods, small-scale settings with a shared commons that foster a sense of community while preserving personal privacy.

He has designed dozens of neighbourhoods across the US and Canada, and has been a development partner on 6 pocket neighbourhoods, several of which have received national housing awards. His book, Pocket Neighbourhoods, was featured in USA Today and the Wall Street Journal, and was on Planetizen’s 2012 Top 10 list of urban planning books.

Ross Chapin will offer a presentation on this topic for professionals and the general public, sharing stories of communities from around the world, their historic precedents, and the key design principles that give them vitality.

Sponsored by The Laboratory of Housing Alternatives and the Small Housing BC Society. 


For more information on Ross Chapin’s work, visit the pocket neighbourhood web site.