Brian Palmquist

Brian Palmquist is a guest writer for CityHallWatch. He is a Vancouver-based architect, building envelope and building code consultant and LEED Accredited Professional (the first green building system). Currently semi-retired, he is not beholden to any client or City Hall.

He started a series of “City Conversations No One Else is Having” to mix real discussion with research and observations based on a career spanning over four decades and including the planning, design and construction of almost every type and scale of project. Below is a list of previous and upcoming articles. Now he’s expanding his format beyond those conversations.

He is a registered Architect, was the Managing Architect for the Concord Pacific Place development and the first two phases of Coal Harbour, has personally designed more than 1,000 social housing and co-op housing units and consulted on many thousands more. He first proposed the laneway-housing concept, and managed the community-planning design team for the North Shore of False Creek. From 1998 to 2000 he served on the City of Vancouver’s “Community and Industry Advisory Panel for Rezoning, Permitting and Inspection,” a panel of community and industry representatives, convened at City Council’s direction to suggest how to improve City Hall’s development processes. He resigned after 18 months because not a single recommendation of the panel was accepted by City staff. Other representatives also resigned and nothing came of the initiative.

He is the author of the Amazon best seller “An Architect’s Guide to Construction.” More of Brian’s writing in addition to these City Conversations may be seen at https://brianpalmquist.substack.com/

List of articles by Brian Palmquist published on CityHallWatch (newest at the top)

  • A Shadow of Doubt (City Conversations about the Changing Shadows). Click to read. (About a 20-storey-equivalent tower proposed at 1406-1410 East King Edward)

  • #16 – The Vancouver Plan—Listening to Neighbours or Nobodies? Click to read. (Observations on the expert panel Special Meeting of Council 23-Nov-2021 “Vancouver Plan – Emerging Directions and Big Ideas”)
  • #15 – The Broadway Plan—Rays of Hope Among the Shadows. Click to read. (Observations on an online workshop about the future vision for the Broadway corridor.)
  • #14 – The Vancouver Plan—Now You See it!…No, You Won’t! Click to read. (Brian looks at how the neighbourhood workshops are actually being conducted for the citywide plan.)
  • #13 – Planning Hazards in the Age of Zoom. Click to read.
  • #12 – Rental—6 Homes is Easy, 4 is Easier Still. Click to read. (Brian takes a closer look at the numbers and concludes kinder, gentler redevelopment does better than the mega project approach.)
  • #11.2 – Rental—Streamlining or Steamrolling? Part 2. Click to read.
  • #11.1 – Rental—Streamlining or Steamrolling? Part 1. Click to read. (Remarks for Public Hearing for Streamlining Rental Around Local Commercial Areas report.)
  • #10 – Jericho—Where High is Called Low & the Highest Cannot be Measured. Click to read.
  • #9.3 – A Setting Lost to the City. Click to read. (False Creek South)
  • #9.2 – A Setting Lost to the City. Click to read. (False Creek South)
  • #9.1 – A Setting Lost to the City. Click to read. (False Creek South)
  • #8 – City Conversations No More? Click to read.
  • #6.3 – All About Affordability, Part 3. Click to read.
  • #6.2 – All About Affordability, Part 2. Click to read.
  • #6.1 – All About Affordability, Part 1. Click to read.
  • #5.2 – When Will it be too Late for Vancouver? Part 2. Click to read.
  • #5.1 – When Will it be too Late for Vancouver? Part 1. Click to read.
  • #4.2 – False Promises for False Creek. Click to read.
  • #4.1 – False Promises for False Creek. Click to read.
  • #3 epilogue – We now Know who Governs Vancouver—Help Us! Click to read.
  • #3 – Who Governs Vancouver—Council? Staff? Electors? Pick Only One. Click to read.
  • #2 – Building Bankruptcies—How Slow Projects Kill Neighbourhood Shopping. Click to read.
  • #1 – 160 Vancouver Houses…or Just 60? Click to read.

… And more to come!