Grandview-Woodland Area Council (GWAC)
The Arts Factory
Chris Doray Studio
(People's Choice Award)
Stephanie Robb Architect
False Creek Watershed Society
Medina / Gilbert
The Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative
Christopher A. Erdman
Elizabeth Shotton Architect
Pierre-Alain Du, Alexis Beaussart, Thomas Crozet
D'Arcy Jones Design Inc.
Omer Arbel Office
Simpson / Villegas
Coppin / Vallie
GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE COMPETITION
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Price by stage
A prize of $ 1,500 will be awarded to the winner of the contest.
The City of Vancouver
The utility and necessity of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts has been an issue of polarized debate since they were reconstructed in their present form in the late 1960s. As the first piece of a larger freeway system that was planned but never realized, they stand as a symbol of an era of city-building that thankfully never more-fully materialized.
With forty years lapsed since the ribbon cutting, the utility and merit of these structures continue to be debated topics in our city. Through this discussion one thing has become increasingly clear as Vancouver's central peninsula continues to build out: whether they stay or go, a far better future for the structures or the lands beneath them can be imagined.
The future of the viaducts should be contemplated in the context of the broader Eastern Core of our city, which includes the strategically important industrial lands of the False Creek Flats. How we connect the downtown and Eastern Core is crucial to how our city functions and its economic future. While arriving at a plan for the future of the viaducts, we need to understand and develop a broader strategy for moving forward in this area of our city. These two scales provide the context for the focus of this ideas competition.
"The Wildcard" - this category will consider ideas that push the envelope of creativity in a specific and detailed way. Applicants are encouraged to focus on one element or idea which could revolutionize the way people think about this area of the city. This may be a unique, unexplored use of these lands, or a new spin on the vision or details of the area.
Connecting the Core ("THE BIG SCALE")
This component of the competition seeks high-level ideas for the future of Vancouver's Eastern Core (including the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts at a broad scale and the False Creek Flats). Design solutions should seek creative, BIG PICTURE opportunities that envision a sustainable and innovative future for this area as a major component of our City's Green Economy. Submissions will be evaluated on their creativity as well as their ability to move the City towards its goals as outlined in the Competition Principles and the City's key objectives for the Eastern Core below.
The City's key objectives for the Eastern Core are to:
-Advance a green jobs & economy focus in the Flats, exploring a broader range of development potential in the west and south;
-Retain and reinvigorate the light industrial and transportation focus of the Flats;
-Maintain or improve existing rail functionality and goods movement capacity;
-Improve street network and public realm (including pedestrian and cycling) connections through and between the Flats and neighbouring communities;
-Respond to the challenges of climate change adaptation (sea level rise/increased rainfall and storm events) and mitigation in this area.
(Competition brief excerpt)
Jury Rob Bennett, Directeur Joseph (Joe) Hruda, Architecte Tom Hutton, Professeur.e Allan Jacobs, Architecte et urbaniste
Patricia Patkau, Architecte
September 22, 2011 : Competition launched
October 13, 2011 : Acceptance of questions deadline
October 20, 2011 : Answers to questions posted on website
November 2, 2011 : Registration deadline
November 4, 2011 : Submission deadline
November 9, 2011 : Jury deliberation (for both streams)
November 21-27, 2011 : Online Voting for People's Choice Award (combined streams, non-cash prize)
December 1, 2011 : Celebration event with guest speakers and presentation of winning entries
(2011) RE: CONNECT – An Open Ideas Competition – Expired competitions. Repéré à
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