Posted by: VPSN | January 9, 2012

North Vancouver public space? Scribble your good ideas on the wall.

North Van Sailors' Memorial - by Bruce IrschickNorth Vancouver Sailors Memorial – Photo by Bruce Irschick

Here’s a cool chance for public space fans on the North Shore – and perhaps those who visit there – to come up with ideas for North Van’s public realm.

As reported by Sean Kolenko in the North Shore Outlook, the Café for Contemporary Art will be reserving the walls of their gallery space for people’s ideas – written or visual – on the nature of good public space. The initiative is loosely linked with waterfront planning work currently underway in the community, but the intent of the project is to be broader in scope.

According to Kolenko

The idea-sharing process is aimed at creating a dialogue with the community about what works and doesn’t work in common urban areas. Some of the questions café staff have proposed for the series are: What is your ideal public space? What is the best public space you have ever visited?

You can find the the Café for Contemporary Art at 140 E. Esplanade Ave.



  1. Hey thanks for posting this!! North Van, it’s only a seabus away!

    The event is actually organised in by the North Van Urban Forum (, with some deeply involved cafcites (CAFCA staff) and the space is being donated for the event by the café. “The Commons: Sharing Public Space” is a precursor or soft opening event to a series of events aimed at building a conversation around what to do with the development of Lot 5 a 5 acre chunk of publicly/municipally owned, centrally located land at the North Van waterfront that was once slated to be the site of a National Maritime Centre. The failure of that project, and the subsequent failure of a push to place a casino on the site has opened up a really exciting opportunity for the public to engage in a conversation concerning all sorts of issues like: how do we re-develop post-industrial sites? what is the role of the public in the development of publicly owned lands? the role of history? how, with rising consciousness of awkward colonial facts do settler coloniser communities and administrations go about developing publicly owned lands that fall within the bounds of unceded Coast Salish territory? How does a community that still uses, but is kind of sick of the automobile go about creating public space? What do we do with this rare, historically rich piece of South facing waterfront property? and so on…

    On January 19th 7-9pm we are hosting a public discussion. Everyone is welcome! Come on down!! Then on January 26 , we will be opening “Lower Lonsdale Pasts and Presents”, a history exhibition created with the generous collaboration and in large part curation of the North Vancouver Museum and Archives. This also features an appreciative inquiry photo project organised by Cath Anne Ambrose. I understand they are still accepting photos of things people love of Lower Lonsdale

    In March we’ll be having a participatory design brainstorm.

    And in April we end off with a design competition where everyone is welcome to participate.

    Stay tuned at

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