re:CONNECT Ideas Competition Award Announcement and Panel Discussion

November 29, 2011 at 9:59 am 1 comment

Free Public Forum
re:CONNECT Vancouver’s Viaducts and Eastern Core
Ideas Competition Award Announcement and Panel Discussion, December 1

On September 22, the City of Vancouver invited the public and local and international design community to submit ideas for the future of the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts and the larger Eastern Core. The response was excellent, with over 100 submissions from 13 countries (US, Mexico, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Poland, Turkey, Slovenia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and Canada) with 75% coming from Metro Vancouver. Submissions range from the beautification of the viaducts, to their re-use as open space or other uses, or their partial or complete removal and replacement. The visions range from the practical and pragmatic, to the futuristic and whimsical.

The jury, comprised of renowned urbanists Allan Jacobs and Joe Hruda, architect Patricia Patkau, sustainability expert Robert Bennett (Portland Sustainability Institute) and urban economics expert Dr. Tom Hutton, have selected the winning submissions which will be announced as part of a public dialog on December 1st.

The public will also have an opportunity to view the submissions on-line and vote for their favourites from November 21-27, 2011. The People’s Choice Awards will also be presented on December 1st.

A panel discussion with the local jury members augmented by Helle Soholt (Gehl Architects, Copenhagen), Ken Greenberg (Greenberg Consultants Inc, Toronto), and Brent Toderian, City of Vancouver Director of Planning will follow the award announcements. The discussion will be moderated by Gordon Price.

Panel Members:
Ken Greenberg , Greenberg Consultants Inc
Joe Hruda , Civitas Urban Design and Planning
Dr. Tom Hutton , UBC School of Community and Regional Planning
Patricia Patkau , Patkau Architects
Helle Soholt , Gehl Architects
Brent Toderian, Director of Planning City of Vancouver

Thursday, December 1, 7-9 pm
Room 3200 – Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema
Woodwards Building
149 West Hastings
Admission is free, but seating is limited. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.



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