Posted by: jillianglover | March 8, 2013

Upcycled Urbanism: third event on March 17th!

YOU’RE INVITED!

Please join us on March 17th for Block Talk, the VPSN’s collaboration with UBC SALA and MOV, along with the rest of the Upcycled Urbanism series:

Block Talk – March 17th
2:00pm – 4:00pm
@MOV (1100 Chestnut St.)

When out in public, whether we stand or sit at a picnic table, park bench or on a staircase or as we walk from A to B, public space affects how we talk, engage and communication with each other. Join with the Vancouver Public Space Network, SALA and the Museum of Vancouver to explore how the infrastructure of public space shapes how we connect with friends and strangers. This is a great opportunity to collaborate with us and your fellow residents to design structures to make our public spaces more communal, connected and interesting. Then, in July, help us test them out and find ways to reimagine public space using recycled materials.

Sign Up Here

Upcycled Urbanism is a participatory design project that empowers you to reimagine Vancouver’s public spaces. Design and build prototypes in a team environment using modular blocks of polystyrene containing material salvaged from the construction of the Port Mann Bridge. In July, teams will come together to build these creations in a large-scale outdoor event!

Upcycled Urbanism is a partnership between MOV, the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) at the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver Public Space Network (VPSN), Maker Faire Vancouver, and Spacing Magazine.

With generous support from Mansonville Plastics and the Vancouver Foundation.

Please register at:

http://march10upcycledurbanism.eventbrite.com/

What is Upcycled Urbanism?


Have you ever wished you could redesign and rebuild part of Vancouver’s public realm?

Architecture and design is an inescapable part of the Vancouver experience, yet there are few chances for people to influence these designs outside of academic settings, City Hall, or architectural offices. Sometimes it can feel like the city and its spaces are created by unseen hands in some faraway design star chamber. And let’s face it: the designs we live with on Vancouver’s streets are not always as creative and risky as they could be.

What if we could invite everyone to re-imagine aspects of urban design and then actually empower them to build prototypes of their ideas? This is the question that gave birth to Upcycled Urbanism: a design+build project for everyone.

Upcycled Urbanism is a participatory project that invites students, artists, designers, makers, and anyone with a even a smidgen of creativity to reimagine and rebuild parts of Vancouver’s public realm.

Working together, teams of participants will design and build prototypes using modular blocks of expanded polystyrene containing material salvaged from the construction of the Port Mann Bridge.

First, students from the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture created building block prototypes. Then, at a series of workshops in March 2013, teams will brainstorm, sketch, and model how to use these blocks for new public design ideas with the help of design experts from our partner organizations. Everyone is welcome. Finally, teams will come together again to actually build their creations at an outdoor design/build spectacle in July. The wider community will be invited to help, critique, encourage the builders, and occupy their creations. Think of it as a combination workshop/street celebration/public art unveiling!

Materials will then be re-recycled for industrial use.

Upcycled Urbanism is a partnership between Museum of Vancouver, the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) at the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver Public Space Network, Maker Faire Vancouver, and Spacing Magazine, with generous additional support from SALA, Mansonville Plastics and the Vancouver Foundation.

Activities:

March workshops @Museum of Vancouver:

Sunday, Mar 10:  Building Public Hallucinations: a design journey with SALA and Spacing Vancouver

Sunday, Mar 17:  Block Talk: creating spaces that bring people together, with SALA and Vancouver Public Space Network

Sunday, Mar 24:  Shock and Surprise: public design juxtapositions, with SALA and Maker Faire Vancouver

Workshop Time: 2:00pm–4:00pm

July Design build event: watch this space for date/location!
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/521628314555950/?ref=ts&fref=ts
Twitter: #upcycled urbanism
@museumofvan

Rethinking Vancouver's street blocks. Image courtesy of Kellan Higgins.

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