Talking to your friends about the housing problems we are all facing can be cathartic. It's something we do all the time. We've decided to take some of those conversations to actual decision-makers.
We think that building more housing is part of the solution to the housing crisis in our City. This is based on the common-sense idea that, if there is more housing for people, more people will have more housing.
Meanwhile, apartments are illegal on 76% of Vancouver's residential land, severely restricting where relatively affordable, multi-family units can be built. We do not believe that supply is the whole answer, or the only answer. But we do believe that zoning for expensive, low-density housing is part of the problem.
Jens von Bergmann
Jens von Bergmann taught for several years at the University of Calgary, University of Notre Dame and Michigan State University before founding MountainMath to work on his passion of data analysis and visualization. He is the author of many public tools for data visualization, and is frequently cited in the media on housing issues.
Adrian is a technology entrepreneur and single dad to five kids. He’s a founding member of Abundant Housing Vancouver because he believes creating and protecting all types of housing supply for the use of residents is our city’s chief concern. Adrian’s focus is on increasing housing security for those who cannot afford to or do not wish to own. For an increasingly large segment of Vancouver’s population (including his family), purpose built rentals, co-ops, and community land trusts are the only option for secured housing.
Brendan works with non-profits and campaigns in his working day but in his spare time wants to see a Vancouver that is more affordable for more people and fewer cars. He lives in Hastings Sunrise with his partner, Rebecca.
Thomas is passionate about his hometown Vancouver and is helping to form Abundant Housing Vancouver because he believes that significantly increasing its housing supply is critical in making the city a world-class leader. Thomas works for a “Big 4” business consulting firm downtown and holds a BA and an MA in political science. He lives in the Commercial Drive neighbourhood with his wife, Thom, and family.
Albert is a non-market housing developer from his hometown of Vancouver. He works for Terra Housing as a development manager responsible for managing the development of social purpose real estate projects. Albert holds a BA in Urban Geography and Economics, and a Dipl. in Urban Land Economics. He lives in East Vancouver with his wife and trio of pets.
Danny is a lawyer from East Van who likes walkable neighbourhoods and wants to live in a welcoming, inclusive city. He also wants to live in Vancouver. He believes it should be possible to do both.
Rachel is an aspiring architect who is completing her master’s degree at UBC. She lives in an intentional community, a recent cohousing project in East Vancouver, where she knows all 75 of her neighbours. Her research focuses on exploring new affordable housing models, and how design can be a tool to establish a stronger sense of community in Vancouver neighbourhoods.
Reilly thinks that more people should be able to live in lovely temperate cities with good transit. He lives in Mount Pleasant and spends his weekdays doing "computer stuff."
Rhi Myfanwy Kirkland
Rhi is an aspiring landscape architect and urban designer. She has an MSc in Urban Strategies and Design from the University of Edinburgh and will be starting UBC's Master of Landscape Architecture program in the fall. She is interested in biophilia, health and well-being and sustainability.
Stuart believes cities are for people and can be safe, quiet, healthy, and affordable by all. He's fascinated by how his modest 3 storey Fairview rental walkup got built 100 years ago, and how we can ensure abundant housing is available for the next 100 years.