New Public Space Projects in Vancouver this Summer
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Vancouver Public Space Network receives Viva Vancouver funding, applauds City of Vancouver’s decision to open Robson Square to the public this summer
Vancouver, BC – The Vancouver Public Space Network (VPSN) has received funding and operational support from the City of Vancouver though its Viva Vancouver program for a series of public space activations that will take place in the summertime, including Laser Graffiti and a Lunch Meet.
Lunch Meet brings a long-table dining experience to the urban outdoors. Instead of cars, a large table will be placed on a downtown street and participants will come together to share in a communal outdoor meal.
“The event will take place a few times throughout the summer and will serve to celebrate the city’s culinary character and the pleasure of outdoor eating,” said Adam Vasilevich of the VPSN.
Laser Graffiti uses a projector and laser to allow people to ‘draw’ on walls. It provides the public with a fun way to animate public space at night. The laser drawing is non-permanent. The system is mobile and we use a pedal-powered bike cart to move it around from location to location.
“Last year we showcased the system in Mt. Pleasant and Downtown Vancouver. This year we’ll be taking the system to other neighbourhoods. The locations are still to be determined, but look for the system to be set up around town,” said VPSN project coordinator Josh Paterson
The VPSN will also be helping to present Outdoor Karaoke in selected downtown areas. The Outdoor Karaoke project was initially conceived and launched by Urban Republic– a local design team. The program will allows members of the public to sing from a multi-language song-book in several popular gathering areas.
In addition to Viva Vancouver, the VPSN is excited to hear the City of Vancouver’s announcement that it plans to transform the 800 Block of Robson Street into a summertime plaza. The City, through the Viva Vancouver program, will create a pedestrian space complete with a “Pop Rocks” seating installation (designed by Matthew Soules Architecture and AFJD Studios) and space for public events such as the Jazz Festival.
Last year, the VPSN developed a petition which garnered significant public interest and almost 2000 signatures in favour of permanently closing the 800-block of Robson Street - located between Hornby and Howe. Adjacent to Robson Square, and nestled between the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Law Courts, the block is one of the most frequented pedestrian routes in the city.
The VPSN is a grassroots collective that engages in advocacy, outreach and education on public space issues in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. This includes challenging the increase of advertising ‘creep’ in public places, promoting creative, community-friendly urban design, monitoring private security activities in the downtown core, fostering public dialogue and democratic debate, and devising creative ways to re-green the neglected corners, alleys and forgotten spaces of the city. We also like to devise ways to have fun in public space.
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For more information, contact:
Josh Paterson: Josh@vancouverpublicspace.ca
Adam Vasilevich: firstname.lastname@example.org