Larry Beasley

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Larry Beasley, CM (born 12 May 1948) was recently Co-Director of Planning for the City Of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. He is largely credited with the transformation of its downtown core along New Urbanism lines, known as Vancouverism or "The Vancouver Model".

In 2004, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition for having "played a leading role in transforming" Vancouver's "downtown core into a vibrant, livable urban community".[1] Since retiring from public service, Beasley has been engaged in community initiatives, including the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, an organization created by former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson following her term of office.

In September 2009 Larry Beasley was invited to Rotterdam as a guest urban critic by the Van der Leeuwkring, a group of Rotterdam-based project developers aiming to make public life benefit from their private investments. Beasley is currently doing advising work for the Abu Dhabi government.[2]

With Jonathan Barnett he co-authored the book Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs published in 2015 by Island Press.[3]


  1. ^ Order of Canada citation
  2. ^ George-Cosh, David (April 13, 2008). "The man who built Vancouver has a grand plan for Abu Dhabi". The Province. Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  3. ^ "Ecodesign for Cities and Suburb". Island Press. Island Press. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 

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