June 4, 2009
by Canadian Architect
The Vancouver Public Space Network announced the final winners of the “Where’s The Square?” design competition on May 27th at Heritage Hall in Vancouver. The project team of Mark Ashby, Kevin Kong, Isabel Kunigk and Daniel Roehr accepted the honour at the public announcement.
The winning proposal was selected unanimously by jury members urban planner Lance Berelowitz, landscape architect Jane Durante, architect Bill Pechet, photographer Derek Von Essen, Michael Vonn of the BC Civil Liberties Association, and Yosef Wosk, Director of Interdisciplinary Programs in Continuing Studies at Simon Fraser University.
The proposal entitled “The Band” linked the Central Library, the CBC Building, BC Place Stadium and the proposed new Vancouver Art Gallery to the False Creek Seawall with a linear park. It stood out for its reconciliation of the “centre/edge” dichotomy that permeated the discourse on public space in Vancouver and for its clear communication of the design intent. Lance Berelowitz, spokesperson for the jury, described the project as a “both/and” proposal, linking the centre of the city to the edge, and noted its bold intersection with BC Place, creating a public concourse penetrating the stadium.
In addition to the jury award, two “People’s Choice” prizes were awarded by public vote to projects shortlisted by an advisory panel. People’s Choice awards were presented to Hapa Collaborative’s reconceptualization of Centennial Square, located north of the current Vancouver Art Gallery, and to Michael Alexander’s proposal for a glazed plaza and galleria at the Waterfront Station transit hub.
The announcement of winners marks the culmination of a series of panel discussions and lectures developed by the Vancouver Public Space Network to foster dialogue on public space issues in Vancouver.
The “Where’s The Square?” design competition was open to professional and non-professional designers, and attracted over 50 submission from Vancouver and abroad.
For more information, please visit http://vancouverpublicspace.ca/index.php?page=120