Local design studio shares concept design which reconnects Vancouverites with water
A regenerative urban design proportion that focuses on a ‘green community’ and at the same time maintaining and improving all the existing railway functionality and light industrial focus in the eastern core of City of Vancouver. This elevated urban intervention aims to diminish the psychological divide between the west and the east side of the city. It will provide much needed recreational facilities in this part of the city, creating eight kilometers of shoreline amenities and a sandy beach in a 90 ha park. This ecological plan converts ocean and grey waters using a 12 ha reed-bed natural reserve for purification.
Being simultaneously dependent and endangered by it, water becomes a central amenity and a fascinating design tool in this proposal. With rising water levels and the increasingly heavy inland rains, urban living faces new challenges. It becomes essential to integrate water dynamically into our living space. Another bold aspect to this new 'Urban-Pluralism' is mapping the intangible boundaries of this disordered section of the city by introducing three new landscapes.
The first consists of 40Ha Aquatic Landscape / Water Town, Aqua Towers, Reed-Bed Natural Reserve and Marina. The second comprises a 90ha Park Landscape - Park Residences + Beach, while the third incorporates a 30ha Urban Landscape, the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver Art Gallery and Residences.
Each of these new landscapes will create their own new rhythms, dynamics and characteristics to each other. The designers’ purpose has been to envision an urban way of living that frees individuals within a community from restricting conventions of thought and action, in order to realize more fully the answer to the basic question, ‘How do we live?’ Hence, by adopting a “Free-Zone Space” – an urban planning approach can be implemented that aims to enhance sensory experiences. Lives become more vivid and lucid, always in a state of flux.