Being the world’s “most liveable city” means different things to different people in Metro Vancouver.
Curated by UBC graduate students Alexandra Kenyon and Alex Buss, the exhibition Tangential Vancouverism challenges the city to envision new ways to create density and diversity.
EDITORS: Kenyon and Buss are available for interviews. Contact: 778.988.2877 or info@tangentialVancouverism.ca
Event: Tangential Vancouverism exhibition, March 2 – April 29
Date/Time: Artist talk on Saturday, March 24, 2-4 p.m.
Location: 221a Artist Run Centre, 221 Georgia St. East. For a map, visit: http://bit.ly/xd7Myn
One exhibitor, Rural/Urban/Fantasy (RUF) Project, proposes building an urban mountain where the Georgia Viaduct now stands, in effect bringing the Grouse Grind into the heart of the city.
Another contributor, ph5 architecture looks at how buildings can provide exterior docking spaces for mobile businesses as way to boost entrepreneurship through reducing overhead costs.
Kenyon and Buss are both master’s students in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and resident curators at the 221a Artist Run Centre. They have asked writers, designers, architects and landscape architects to share their ideas on new models of urban development.
“We want to engage the public and private sector alike,” says Kenyon. “So far, we’ve seen strategies that include bike lanes, food carts and lane-way housing accompany the increasing density. Are there other innovations that can increase vibrancy and liveability in our ‘City of Glass’?”
Buss adds, “People in Vancouver are incredibly passionate about what happens in their neighbourhoods and streets. This is an opportunity to explore all the different ways we can shape the future urbanism of this city and others.”
The design teams featured in the show are: Hapa Collaborative; ph5 architecture; Public Architecture + Communication Inc.; RUF Project; SPACE2Place Design; with essays from Vancouver architects Hannah Teicher, Ian Ross McDonald and Matthew Soules.
To learn more, visit: http://tangentialVancouverism.ca/