Welcome to the online exhibit of the finalists of
the 21 Places for the 21st Century ideas competition, sponsored
by the Vancouver City Planning Commission. In it, you’ll
find the ideas of 21 groups and individuals who live, work, or
study in the City of Vancouver and who (according to our judges)
submitted creative, whimsical, funny, innovative, engaging, fanciful,
wonderful, zany, sustainable, provocative, and delightful ideas
to improve and enhance public spaces in Vancouver.
Entry #2 - Harmony Grove
(south end of Burrard Bridge)
the Quicktime Movie
Entrants' Description: To create a sculptural sound
garden in Harmony Grove (southeast of the Burrard Bridge), to
celebrate the cultural and ecological (elemental) diversity that
exists in our city.
Contributors: Sarah Knoebber - artist/therapist,
Sean Mills - former recreation and site planner/artist, Laura
Jean Kelly and Cameron Murray Topographics, landscape architecture
firm, Robert Middleton-Hope - percussionist and builder of acoustical
Entry #21 -
(south False Creek)
Entrants' Description: Our idea is to enhance the
appearance of the waterfall area in Charleson Park by repairing
the drainage problem and by adding a theatre platform to make
it a welcoming, family landmark for everyone of all ages.
Contributors: Who are we? We are a class of 33 seventh
grade students at False Creek Elementary School who are determined
to win the Ideas Competition. There's nothing specifically special
about us. We are simply a group of individually unique kids that
have a dream. We each possess our own special talents that range
from sports all the way to reading Braille and using sign language.
Some of us may choose to become world famous and some of us may
choose to live a quiet life. But that's our future and right now
it's the present. And in this present, we are simply a group of
kids on our way to adulthood who wish to make the waterfall beautiful.
Judith MacPherson (teacher) Sady Abdiannia, Anna Benke, Dennis
Capocci, Winkie Chan, Keisha Charnley, Ian Cox, Taylor Dixon,
Matthew Eaton, Erik Frostrup, Kelsey Gage, Luka Giljanovic, Olivia
Harrison, Tia James, Nadja Jankovic, Deacon Jones, Katlin Kelly,
Jordan Kerr, Sally Kim, Timothy Kong, Sine Kundargi-Girard, Thomas
Laird, Jeff Lee, Sophie Lowe, Niloufar Malek-Zadeh, Connor McNamee,
Claudia McNeilly, Noorshan Nanji, James Park, Nazar Poverlo, Gardenia
Rosenau, Bryn Tucker, Dylan Young, Sharlene Zevallos.
Entry #22 - Southeast
Entrants' Description: We have created a plan for
a multi-use recreational and educational space that celebrates
sustainability, health, and fun.
Contributors: The Fireweed Collective is a group
of people who share a belief that individual lives, guided by
awareness and principle, can make substantial changes to the pattern
of energy consumption and environmental responsibility. The many
positive and proactive people and organizations we have encountered
in our various communities, university, travel, work, and life
experience inspire us. We are Fireweed because we are a force
that spreads widely and blooms powerfully, thriving in the wake
of unsustainable practices. Michael Ackhurst, Joseph Renwick Randon,
Sarah Carr-Locke, Angela Cecil, Sarah Redrum, Aaron Fleury, Jennifer
M. Lupichuk, Rustam Punja B.Sc., J. Burmaster, Keona Wiley
Entry #23 - Various Locations
Entrants' Description: An idea to inject art into the transportation system of the city of Vancouver.
Contributors: Andrew Hale is currently a student in Community and Economic Development at Simon Fraser University. He is committed to environmental and social issues and has worked with groups such as the Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group, the Environmental Youth Alliance, the Yarrow Ecovillage Society and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. His career goal is to work in the environmental field on issues of sustainable development. Andrew•s interests include environmental law and policy, urban planning and green building strategies.
Entry #26 - Main Street SkyTrain Station
Entrants' Description: The idea is to raise awareness about the uniqueness of water in a city where this resource seems to be abundant and to inform Vancouver•s residents and visitors about ways of saving it.
Contributors: My name is Clemens Schneider and I
was born on the 8th of June in 1978 in Seeheim-Jugenheim, Germany.
As a student of geography at Cologne University I got a scholarship
in September 2004 which enabled me to come to Vancouver and to
continue my studies at the geography department at Simon Fraser
University. My focus is on land resource management as well as
on environmental policy and conservation strategies. Of special
interest to me are the different approaches to these fields in
Canada and Germany.
Entry #33 - Various Locations Downtown
Entrants' Description: “Heritage Underfoot”
- The celebration of Vancouver’s areaways and prism lights,
through conservation, public art and interpretation, would link
today’s public realm to the early 20th century, reminding
us of the historic character of our oldest commercial streets
and demonstrating how the city functioned before our reliance
Contributors: Tanis Knowles has resided in Vancouver
since 2001 and is a planning consultant at EKISTICS Town Planning
Inc. The challenging process of balancing interests in changing
urban environments is what inspired Tanis to a career in planning.
She is interested in heritage and believes that sustaining linkages
to the past can result in more meaningful and authentic place-making.
Tanis is an active provisional member of the Planning Institute
of British Columbia (PIBC) and sits on the City of Vancouver's
Chinatown Historic Area Planning Committee. She enjoys spending
time with family and friends, and loves exploring cities of all
shapes and sizes, especially Vancouver!
Entry #34 - Downtown
Entrants' Description: Vancouver is not one city
Contributors: SFU's Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue
is a novel and intensive learning experience that uses dialogue
to focus student education on public issues. The program unites
teaching and research, celebrates discovery and dialogue and provides
an environment where risks can be taken and bold initiatives embraced.
The program addresses what we believe is the principal challenge
for contemporary education: to inspire students with a sense of
civic responsibility, encourage their passion to improve Canadian
society, and develop innovative intellectual tools for effective
problem solving. Danielle Baxter, Joy Bernardo, Racheal Morgan,
Entry #36 - Sears
Entrants' Description: Video Screen • Mirror of the Community
Contributors: Wayne Turner works as a landscape architecture intern at Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg Landscape Architecture and Planning in Vancouver, B.C. He has a passion for design and community development — particularly events programming and how we can better program outdoor spaces in order to support ritual and celebration, thus helping to increase the richness and cohesiveness of our community at large.
Entry #39 - Miller Street (near Kingsway)
Entrants' Description: Eight Stepping Stones Toward a Sustainable Global Community
Contributors: We (Alice Miro, Siu-Kae Yeong, Marc
Trudeau, and Graeme Brown) are a group of four inspired Vancouver
residents, and UBC graduates, with backgrounds in Ecology, Economics,
Environmental Sciences, Architecture, and Engineering-Physics.
Our aspiration is to lead a revolution of thought and action towards
a more balanced, secure world. Our hobbies include fine arts,
ecological design, baking bread, eating fair-trade chocolate,
biking, dancing, and positively changing the world.
Entry #40 - West 45th Avenue between Cambie and Ontario
Entrants' Description: We propose to transform four blocks of West 45th Avenue (between Cambie and Ontario), in order to make the street environmentally friendly to residents, pedestrians, animals, and even for motorists.
Contributors: We are an extended family living in
the 100 block of West 45th Avenue. Alex Jamieson is a landscape
artist and a retired Richmond City Planner. He is the principal
scribe, photographer and illustrator. Brenda Jamieson is an enthusiastic
gardener and a retired programmer analyst. She is the brains behind
the project. Julia Wagner is a Master's Candidate in Agricultural
(soil science) at UBC, and provided technical advice, feedback
and ideas. Darren Wagner is a paramedic and retired river raft
guide. He provided down-to-earth advice, and renovated the bathroom
while all of this was going on. Jesse is part Borzoi and part
something else. He appears in most of the photographs and is the
research subject on which most of this proposal is based. He has
lived with us for about a year.
Entry #41 - Venables Street from Strathcona Park to Commercial Drive
Entrants' Description: Our Strathcona-Grandview
"Gateway" Project proposes a sustainable bridge for
people between Strathcona Park and Commercial Drive, using multicultural
landmarks, design guidelines, and a reclamation of street space
on Prior-Venables for pedestrians, bikes and greenery.
Contributors: The contestants are five individuals
(Jill Smith, Emily Chu, Kent Munro, Peter Trainor, and Dexster
Smith) residing in Grandview-Woodland. Like many of our neighbours,
we are pedestrians and bicyclists. We are fans of the Strathcona
and Cottonwood Community Gardens, and we would like to be able
to walk or bike along Venables Street to get there. We dream of
a better bridge between our neighbourhood and Strathcona for people
who walk, bike, rollerblade, and skateboard. As a multicultural
team we are interested in commemorating the diverse cultural heritage
of our two neighbourhoods.
Entry #44 - Below
the Cambie Bridge (north end)
Entrants' Description: Welcome to the Vancouver
Hawker Food Market - an open-air food centre featuring cuisine
inspired by the hawker food of South East Asia.
Contributors: Mitchell Edgar is a resident of Vancouver's
False Creek neighbourhood who moved to Vancouver in 2000. He is
active in his community and is on the Board of the First Vancouver
TheatreSpace Society, producer of the Vancouver International
Fringe Festival. He has a degree in Urban and Regional Planning
and has a strong interest in urban design and in projects that
make Vancouver an even more diverse and exciting city that celebrates
its place in the world. His interest in civic affairs and love
of Asian food has led to this project concept of a hawker style
Entry #49 - 12th and Larch
Entrants' Description: My park, situated at 12th
and Larch, is a place for all ages.
Contributors: Hello, my name is Shubby (Martz-Oberlander)
and I'm ten years old. I like to swim, bike, skate and do gymnastics.
I live near U.B.C. and I've home schooled all my life. I wanted
to enter this contest because I love architecture and building
models. I am entering a park because parks are great places to
play or just talk with your friends.
Entry #51 - 43rd and Wales (Killarney)
Entrants' Description: On an underused public boulevard in South Vancouver (an area with a long history of farming), adjacent to a plant nursery on the former pastureland of Vancouver's only remaining neighbourhood dairy, a project is proposed for a collection of functional birdhouses to be constructed, accurately depicting architectural details of past and present neighbourhood buildings, and arranged on the greenspace in relation to their geographic sites in the neighbourhood, to create a living map of discovery that is accessible to all.
Contributors: We are a small group of neighbourhood
residents (Janet Morley, Ken Ross, Christine David, Celly Manirakoze)
interested in local history who meet on an informal basis to learn
how to conduct research and compile archival material about the
Killarney area. We actively collect copies of historical and contemporary
photographs of the neighbourhood, and stories of the people -
past and present - who have made the Killarney area their home.
Our group is interested in all the elements that make up a neighbourhood:
residences, businesses, places of worship, schools, parks, farmland,
gardens and trees, We hope to raise awareness of our community's
heritage by celebrating these collected pieces of history through
a variety of expressions, such as public art, walking tours, oral
history projects, and neighbourhood mapping.
Entry #52 - On
the Water Around Vancouver
Entrants' Description: CULTURE ARK; a “necklace”
of public realm barges floating off the edge of the Vancouver
Contributors: Scott Romses (Principal, Romses Architects)
and project team: Yong Sun, Herman Kao, Helen Pang
Entry #57 - Expo Boulevard
Entrants' Description: A suspended river of logs
floating above and around Expo Boulevard, under BC Place concourse.
Contributors:CENTROPLEXUS "idea generation"
is performed by Monty Walden and Betty Chong. Both grew up in
the Vancouver area and studied at UBC, Monty in Engineering/Arts/Architecture
and Betty in Commerce/Business. Monty has since worked in restaurant
design/building, film production and has started and owned businesses
in entertainment rigging, and custom lake-rescued wood furnishings.
Betty worked at the Plaza of Nation and BC Hydro before heading
to Ryerson to study New Media. Having both just returned to Vancouver
from Toronto, they are discovering unrealized possibilities for
creating a more cultural and memorable city.
Entry #59 - Various Locations (Cars)
Entrants' Description: This project envisions a
fleet of cars with each one transformed into a garden; seats,
trunks and engine become a place for flowers, herbs and vegetables
to blossom and grow in parking spots on the streets of Vancouver.
Contributors: The Vancouver Design Nerds is a small,
eclectic group of artists and design professionals who share a
common passion for design and the design process. We focus primarily
on fun, short-term design projects pertaining to sustainability
and community enhancement. We operate in an open, collaborative
process, which draws on the strengths of our diverse backgrounds.
These backgrounds include fine arts, architecture, green building
consulting, graphic design, industrial design, mechanical engineering,
and not-for-profit management. Amy Walker, Alex Grunenfelder,
Bill Andrews, Carla Weinberg, Eesmyal Santos-Brault, Richard Andrews
Entry #61 - Broadway Station (and elsewhere)
Entrants' Description: Our proposals share a common
theme: that the process of urbanization requires recognizing the
potential of wasteful, residual spaces - scattered throughout
the city – to create better, healthier neighbourhoods within
the City of Vancouver.
Contributors: Team PATCHWORK - Erick Villagomez
is the Environmental Designer and Founder of Metis Design-Build,
a practice dedicated to issues of economic, environmental, and
social sustainability. He also teaches in the Environmental Design
Program at UBC, and works as a researcher and consultant in conjunction
with the Neighborhoods Lab, a research, teaching and community
service unit dedicated to improving the quality of neighborhood-scale
planning and design. Caroline Toth completed her Bachelor of Fine
Arts at York University in 2000. She spent two years in London,
England, where she worked in the print and advertising industry.
Relocating to Vancouver in 2002, she is now working towards her
Bachelor of Communication Design at Emily Carr Institute. Caroline
recently founded BlueboxStudio, a graphic design practice based
on the innovative reinterpretation of past and present design
Entry #63 - Gore and Union
Entrants' Description: A series of berm insets and
15 foot high mosaic covered poles, as pedestals on which to place
heads, all carved in concrete and/or cast by people in the Strathcona
area and passers-through, to be placed at Gore and Union.
Contributors: Glen Anderson - I am a local artist
living in Strathcona for the past eight and a half years. My artwork
consists of creating mosaics and sculpture for public spaces,
often with the participation of many people. I have had a keen
interest in creative uses of the urban landscape for a long time,
believing that art in and by neighbourhoods is essential to a
Entry #73 - St. George Street
Entrants' Description: A unique opportunity exists
to transform St. George Street (in the Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood)
into St. George Creek by incrementally day-lighting the storm
sewer in partnership with local community groups and the new Great
Northern Way Campus.
Contributors: Bryn Davidson is a recent graduate
of the M.Arch program at UBC. He has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering
from UC Berkeley and studied green building and sustainable development
under Profs. Ray Cole, Patrick Condon and Bill Rees. He was a
grant recipient of the UBC Sustainability Coordinator's Disbursement
Fund and organized and facilitated a public course and lecture
series titled “Sustainable Architecture 101”. His
thesis project was studying sustainable development options for
the Great Northern Way Campus titled ‘Soft Design &
Culture Lab’. He worked for Busby and Associates Architects
in Vancouver (summer 2004) and for AMC Engineers in Anchorage
AK (1998-2001). Bryn was assisted in the development of the boards
by his partner, Kamala Rao, a recent graduate of the UBC School
of Community and Regional Planning. Their urban-ideas consulting
firm is 'rao-D cityworks'.
Entry #74 - South end of Burrard Bridge
Entrants' Description: A community Garden Greenway
and Recreation area for basket ball, skateboard, mountain bike
and BMX courses accessed by the heritage tram extended from Granville
Contributors: David Grigg is a denizen of Kitsilano.