Robson Street pedestrian plaza seeks designers
The City of Vancouver is, once again, planning on shutting down a portion of downtown Vancouver to allow for pedestrian-only traffic this summer.
VIVA Vancouver—a group responsible for modifying city streets into public spaces used for art, music, markets, and community-building—will transform the 800 block of Robson Street between the Vancouver Art Gallery and Provincial Law Courts into a pedestrian plaza from July to September.
In a competition called Robson Redux, VIVA is inviting professional designers and architects to submit designs for the space related to the theme of “connection”.
The winner will be selected by a jury that includes Matthew Blackett, founder and publisher of Spacing magazine; Amber Frid-Jimenez, principal of AFJD and associate professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design; Nick Milkovich, principal of Nick Milkovich Architects; Margot Long, principal of PWL; and Ken Lyotier, founder of United We Can.
The winner will receive a small honorarium and up to $37,500 to cover costs of building their design.
Past winners include Hapa Collaborative, which created 2013’s Corduroy Road; Matthew Soules, Amber Frid-Jimenez, and Joe Dahmen, who designed 2012’s beanbag-filled Pop Rocks; and Loose Affiliates, who won the first competition with their orange-wave design Picnurbia.
Applicants must register to enter by March 3, and the competition closes March 21.