In Creating A\u00a0New Happier Vancouver we highlight how The\u00a0Museum of Vancouver and Vancouver Urbanarium will be presenting\u00a0Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver where they explore\u00a0challenges and solutions relating to citizens\u2019 greatest concerns.Event details:Jan. 21-May 15, 2016 at the\u00a0Museum of VancouverMore information can also be seen at\u00a0urbanarium.orgThis exhibition will be a\u00a0provocative and timely exploration of the future of the changing region of Vancouver. Your Future Home: Creating the\u00a0New Vancouver\u00a0will be on\u00a0display at MOV from January 21 through May 15, 2016, will immerse visitors in\u00a0an experience that spotlights 20 visions for tomorrow\u2019s city, while focusing on four topical issues:\u00a0housing affordability, residential density, ease of transportation, and quality of public space.\u00a0Vancouver is a city in flux, undergoing massive growth and redevelopment. With as many as\u00a0three homes demolished each day, often to make room for denser living, we are experiencing a\u00a0watershed moment in the history of the region.\u00a0With everyone already talking about Vancouver\u2019s sky-high housing prices,\u00a0we want to shift the conversation from real estate to the state of the city.\u00a0 Your Future Home\u00a0launches from a \u2018presentation centre\u2019 into an \u2018urban grid,\u2019 in which some of Vancouver\u2019s most\u00a0creative minds grapple with the city\u2019s thorniest issues. We want to bring more people into\u00a0debates about what their city might become. Gregory Dreicer, \u00a0MOV Director of Curatorial\u00a0and Engagement. More than 20 of Vancouver\u2019s leading architects, urban planners, and visionaries will create\u00a0multimedia scenarios that ask visitors to stop and rethink what they want in their hometown.\u00a0These scenarios will include a model for a 2,500-foot vertical city that will have visitors challenging\u00a0customary notions of scale; a strategy for a post-disaster transportation network that caters to\u00a0bicycles; and a proposal for a network of floating barge parks.\u00a0Your Future Home will also contain a fascinating series of case studies that will highlight the role\u00a0that individuals and communities play in building Vancouver. Stories will speak to the Arbutus\u00a0Lands redevelopment, upcoming decisions that may transform places like Granville Island, and\u00a0changes to how we heat buildings downtown.Throughout the duration of the exhibition, Vancouverites will be invited to participate in a\u00a0number of complementary activities, including walking tours, discussions, social events with\u00a0drinks, and workshops developed to spark conversation about the environments in which we live.Here are a couple of perspectives on cities, like Vancouver, and how maybe we need to go beyond design alone and consider other factors like social connections and responsible design.Alexandros Washburn,\u00a0Urban Design for Successful CitiesAs Chief Urban Designer for the City of New York, Alexandros Washburn understands one key thing about designing successful cities: it doesn’t work until it works for the pedestrian.Charles Montgomery, Happy CitiesCharles Montgomery explores what happens when you take an abandon city space in NYC and populate it with urban social experiments. The outcomes are unexpected as city dwellers explore this public space, interact with each other, and change their attitudes towards social connections, values, and each other.Ryan Betts, Dark CitiesLocal Vancouverite, Ryan Betts covered some serious challenges in cities and discusses cities in this talk from the Dark Futures conference in 2014. Here he shows some great archival footage from Vancouver from the mid-50s when the downtown core was being changed drastically. I’d personally love to see him as part of this debate.***Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe.\u00a0Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.