The social and health benefits of vibrant public spaces are broadly accepted across Vancouver through its Healthy City Strategy (2014).
With the support of a 2017 VIVA Refresh grant from the City of Vancouver, we conducted study and simulation of new public space in Chinatown to show its added role in elevating cultural and community values and their public expression. In the Chinatown Neighbourhood Plan (2012), special events and daily activities in public places are recognized to be an essential part of urban life and contribute towards the community’s identity and sense of pride.
reimagining public space in vancouver's chinatown
Our exercise in public space-making was conducted at the cultural and geographic heart of the community at Keefer and Columbia, which in recent years, has become a highly political site.
Two pop-up street closures invited people to enjoy and help reimagine this area through a community-led design process conducted by young graduates of the UBC School of Community & Regional Planning. LEARN MORE through the project report. With methodology and data via Appendix.
urban design booklet
See the resulting design concept for Keefer and Columbia, based on Experiences of Chinatown that people shared with us and which are unique to the neighbourhood!
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