Posted by: VPSN | February 18, 2011

A dose of culture: weekend public space events at the Museum and Art Gallery

MOV Moving Through Poster

Fancy a dose of urban culture as part of your weekend adventures?  There’s a number of neat things on offer, including a pair of events at the Museum and Art Gallery that we’re delighted to be part of.

Tomorrow morining the VPSN is part of a series of “mini-walks” that zero in on the theme of ‘moving through the city.’  Part of the “Out of the Box” series developed by the Museum of Vancouver, the walks focus on transit, but will branch out into broader discussions of mobility, transportation planning, and sustainable cities.  There are three short sessions that you can sign up for, each taking place on or near a transit station.

We’re part of the morning kick off (starting at 10:30) and have developed a small programme on the theme of transit possibilities, which we’re co-presenting with Michael Green.  All three sessions are listed here:

Mini-Walk A:
“The Path(s) Not Taken: Viaducts, Expressways, and Almost Vancouvers.”
Guides: Vancouver Public Space Network, Michael Green, mgb architecture
Location: Waterfront/Granville Area (details on registration)

Mini-Walk B:
“Speed and the Shape of the City: Vancouver’s Evolving Transitscapes”
Guides: Andrew Curran/Translink & Graham McGarva, VIA Architecture
Location: Broadway/Commercial Area (details on registration)

Mini-Walk C:
“Evolution in Station-Area Planning the Cambie Corridor”
Guides: Jim Bailey, City of Vancouver & Peeroj Thakre, pH5 architecture & Urban Republic Arts Society
Location: Canada Line/ King Edward/41st Area

There’s also a wrap-up dialogue hosted by our friend Gordon Price, taking place at SFU Woodwards (149 West Hastings) . 

Space is limited for each of these mini-walks — only 25 registrations per session.  Last we heard, the sessions were close to being sold-out, so if you’re interested, click over to the Museum of Vancouver site and register now.

And then for even more fun with “city stuff”, you’ll want to head over to the Vancouver Art Gallery.  Last week, the VAG launched “WE Vancouver: 12 Manifesto’s for the City” – an exhibit that explores city-building and urban life.  The VPSN was honoured to share images and video from some of our projects as part of this.  We were also asked to contribute a condensed version of our Public Space Manifesto which we developed a few years ago.  (Good timing too, as we’ll be retooling it over the next few months in the lead up to the 2011 municipal election).

VAG WE Exhibit

There’s over 40 contributors to this exhibit – Pivot with their Red Tent Campaign, Cause and Effect (organizers of the excellent Pecha Kucha series), James Mackinnon and Alissa Smith (100 Mile Diet) and oodles more.  Take collectively, we think this offers a lively perspective on city life in Vancouver… not to mention a sense of the many opportunities for residents to engage with city-building and urban life.

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