Design, placemaking and street festivals will mark the month of September. From London’s first Design Biennale to a YIMBY Festival in Toronto, here are just a few events taking place this month:
London Design Biennale
September 7 – 27, 2016
September 12 – 17, 2016
September 18, 2016
September 24, 2016
Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you a Mexican neighbourhood that finds itself inside a giant mural, transforming Vancouver’s “dead” zones and how women are reclaiming their right to public space in Delhi.
The Chinatown night market mixes time-honoured traditions with Vancouver’s ever-changing face. It attracts locals, visitors, friends and families to celebrate each weekend in a uniquely historic part of the city. Continue reading
Located deep in the Vancouver’s Pacific park are the remains of seven ‘Sentinels’. Hand picked by creative studio Dear Human, these grand Douglas firs were cut down over a century ago. The project offers an alternative perception to everyday landscapes by revealing the hidden potential of overlooked places. What remains are eerie empty eye sockets that have been given a second life with some fine crafted porcelain peepers. Continue reading
By Angela Henderson
In Vancouver, Canada, spring takes a few notable forms: cherry blossoms, umbrellas, and community gardens. Situated on Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver’s coastal temperate rainforest climate is a fertile environment for gardens and gardeners alike. Despite the scarcity of urban land, Vancouver has over 75 community gardens located in school yards, city parks, boulevards, disused railways and even at City Hall. Communal gardens in Vancouver are host to a range of urban initiatives and serve a wide cross-section of the community. Digging in the dirt is something we all share in common. Continue reading
By Lauren McGuire-Wood
For some, the term ‘lunch meat’ doesn’t conjure up the greatest images. Perhaps memories of trading away sandwiches on the playground are paired with it. In Vancouver, another use for the term has been found. With the simple switch of a vowel, the Vancouver Public Space Network (VPSN), Viva Vancouver, and architectural firm Space 2 Place introduced an event called Lunch Meet to the historic Gastown neighbourhood. Continue reading
By Lauren McGuire-Wood
It’s cathartic, creating something. Putting pen to paper and expressing whatever is on one’s mind. In the case of Vancouver Draw Down, this expression came from putting marker to paper.
Earlier this month, organizers of the annual Draw Down event invited Vancouverites of all ages and all manners of artistic backgrounds to 18 different venues around the city to draw something. Anything they wanted. Many among us may believe that we are incapable of producing anything artistic; Draw Down aims to break down the barriers that keep us thinking we cannot. Participants are encouraged not only to draw, doodle, and shade, but to challenge their preconceived notions of what is considered art and who is an artist. It also serves as a reminder of the purpose of good public spaces: community connection, dialogue, and, sometimes, innovation.