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Rethink Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada

Friday 21 Sep 2012

Rediscovering Vancouver

Rethink Vancouver by WAN Editorial in Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver Islands, Images courtesy of Re:think Housing 
Rethink Vancouver by WAN Editorial in Vancouver, Canada Rethink Vancouver by WAN Editorial in Vancouver, Canada Rethink Vancouver by WAN Editorial in Vancouver, Canada Rethink Vancouver by WAN Editorial in Vancouver, Canada Rethink Vancouver by WAN Editorial in Vancouver, Canada Rethink Vancouver by WAN Editorial in Vancouver, Canada
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24/09/12 steven morris cross, vancouver
This is definitely not Vancouver WA, USA. This is Vancouver BC, Canada.
21/09/12 Karen, North Vancouver
I think Vancouver needs a solution for the many morphed families out there. A morphed family is created when a marriage ends and there is a co-operative agreement to co-parent the children. In a city like Vancouver it is difficult to maintain your standard of living when you need to purchase two homes instead of one. At the same time, the kids don't want to deal with the hassle of moving their gear between homes. How about if there was a solution where the kids could stay in their own space (bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, etc) and each parent also had their own space attached to it. When they were with the kids the door to their place would be open and when the kids were with the other parent the door would be closed. Both places would have a private entrance that did not overlap with the other entrance. This would be the best of both worlds, both for the emotional development and stress level of the child, and would also satisfy the financial and emotional needs of the parents out there who want to continue to be involved parents even though the romantic component of the marriage is over. What are your thoughts on that?
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Jessie Andjelic, Albert Dijk and Philip Vandermey's housing competition proposals submitted to Re:think Competition 

At the end of July, the City of Vancouver accepted proposals for the ideas competition Re:think Housing. Re:think was an ideas competition initiated in order to 'generate a broader discussion of possibilities for Vancouver's affordable housing crisis'. 

With this goal in mind, Meta Vancouverism and Vancouver Islands were submitted by Jessie Andjelic, Albert Dijk and Philip Vandermey as grenade projects in response to perceived contradictions within dominant themes of Vancouver urban planning.

Vancouverism - Urbanism by Real Estate Speculation: Canadian master architect Arthur Erickson envisioned large mega structural towers with the intention to build up rather than sprawling out, therefore preserving the city's nature. His ideas have been warped and re-presented as Vancouverism: a flashy combination of slick blue/green/grey towers, low plinths filled with high end walk ups and shops, and protected view corridors to ensure high property values.

Project 01 - Meta Vancouverism

Shimmering glass towers, plentiful green space, an efficient use of land, and expansive views of the natural landscape have pushed the concept of Vancouverism into the international spotlight. In addition to affordability issues, and like many contemporary cities, Vancouver experienced increasing segregation. 

The designers have questioned, what if strategically the benefits of Vancouverism are combined with the open spaces and suburbs people love, and the efficient multi-centric urban model already in place? As a result their proposal, Meta Vancouverism, was created.

The plan describes green spaces for pedestrians and dense multifunctional urban corridors could form along the existing transit network. By stretching and dividing Erickson's sketch, a new topographical urban form is created. A graduated density map emerges, one which eases traffic issues, increases density and enhances the multi-centric urban model.

The designers note that a vertically limited topography creates density where it's needed, maintains views, and eases the transition from urban centres and corridors to low density zones. As the city grows, municipal restrictions can respond, allowing the city to expand vertically rather than horizontally.

The resulting density will serve to bring supply in line with demand, cooling the housing market and bringing prices down. Multifunctional towers can provide for a range of programs, and the base design can be coordinated to reclaim transportation spaces for public transit, pedestrians and cyclists.

Project 02 - Vancouver Islands

Vancouver remains consistently at, or near the top of, liveability ranking lists but the very qualities that draw tourists and new residents have limited Vancouver's capacity for spatial growth. 

As a result, Vancouver's density is high for North America and the region. The results are mostly positive; spatially constrained cities tend to be more dense and accessible by foot. However Vancouver also has the most expensive housing market in North America.

In the design process it was noted that Vancouver's original boroughs began near the water and expanded inland over time. The result is artificial islands which could provide new space for development directly adjacent to the centre, including affordable housing schemes, while also providing new connections between neighbourhoods.

Such schemes have been proposed and realized in cities with spatial growth constraints around the globe. In fact, Vancouver has already reclaimed space for growth from the sea. Granville Island was formed by adding 760,000 cb m of fill dredged from False Creek. 

Sustainable strategies include renewable energy generation and on site waste processing, as well as providing a growth alternative to sprawl, can make Vancouver a world leading innovation city.

Further, the designers have proposed that by relocating port activities from their existing location to optimized shipping islands, 16.7km of coastline around Vancouver Harbour, some of the most expensive real estate in the city, can be reclaimed for housing, clean industries, recreation spaces, educational and cultural institutions.

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