Museum of Vancouver to transform streets with giant building blocks

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      Don’t be surprised to see people assembling imaginative structures using hundreds of giant, Lego-like blocks in downtown Vancouver. Upcycled Urbanism, a Museum of Vancouver-led project, will take over the stretch of Granville Street between Robson and West Georgia on Saturday (July 13) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

      “Basically we are disguising a conversation about public-space design as a gigantic, fun, participatory spectacle,” MOV spokesperson Charles Montgomery told the Straight. “So the idea is that we’re inviting everybody to come use giant, super-light blocks of recycled polystyrene to build their dream city, essentially.”

      During the free, all-ages event, which is part of the city’s VIVA Vancouver program, the street will be closed to vehicle traffic. Three design teams will take turns transforming the streetscape with concepts aimed at encouraging social interaction. People are invited to take part by showing up for build-team orientations at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., or 5 p.m.