Fonds UBCA-ARC-1301 - Walter Hardwick fonds

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Walter Hardwick fonds

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  • Photographic material
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3.7 m of textual records
7 photographs : b&w
7 video tapes

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Walter Gordon Hardwick was born in 1932, and beginning in 1950, attended UBC, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Minnesota. He first joined UBC's Department of Geography in 1960. Until his retirement in 1997, he taught courses in urban studies, urban geography, and political geography. He also headed the "Vancouver Urban Futures" survey project from 1971 to 1974. A second related project was called "Choosing Our Future" in the late 1980s; these projects served as a basis for urban planning in the Greater Vancouver Regional District and inspired the district's "Livable Region" strategy.

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The fonds primarily consists of textual records, including correspondence, reports, minutes, and published materials which together document Walter Hardwick's political and academic careers. They are arranged in series and sub-series based largely on his areas of activity and interest. The series are Urban Planning, Urban Planning Publications, Vancouver City Council, Open Learning Agency / Knowledge Network, Ministry of Education, Vancouver Urban Futures Project, Sumas Waste Processing Plant Environmental Review, Personal Papers, Essays, Reports and Reprints, and Subject Files. Photographs of architects' models for False Creek and Granville Island are also included. The fonds also includes videotapes consisting mainly of interview footage.

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Acquired in two accessions. The first, consisting of the bulk of the fonds, was acquired directly from Dr. Walter Hardwick in 1998; the second, consisting of some additional reports and essays, came from the UBC Department of Geography in 2001.


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