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Life Between Umbrellas – Design Ideas Competition – Launch Event

February 27, 2019
7 PM – 9 PM

Join us for the launch of Life Between Umbrellas – a design ideas competition that is looking for new and creative ways to improve public space and public life during Vancouver’s wet weather months. If you have an idea for how our public spaces can be made more rain-friendly, then this is the event for you!

The launch event will provide an overview of the competition, featuring speakers and activities that will help to showcase some of the design challenges and opportunities that come with life in a rainy city. We’ll be posting more details on the full launch event over the next few weeks, so be sure to check out our main webpage for up to date info on the program.

Details of the Competition – A Quick Overview

The Life Between Umbrellas design ideas competition will be open to a broad audience, including designers, students, and the general public. The competition will have three streams, allowing entrants to submit ideas on (1) rain-friendly spaces, (2) design features, and (3) events or activiations. A number of prizes will be awarded in each stream, and winners will be chosen by both a jury selection process and a people’s choice voting process.

For more information on the competition, check out


Tickets for the launch event are free, but seating is limited. If you book a ticket and are unable to attend, please cancel your ticket so that we can ensure a space for someone else!

To reserve your ticket, please visit our Eventbrite page.


The event is being held in the uptairs meeting room at Creekside. Elevator access is available.


Life Between Umbrellas is jointly produced by the Vancouver Public Space Network (VPSN) and the City of Vancouver’s Viva Vancouver program.

The VPSN is a volunteer-powered non-profit organization working to champion the importance of public space to the overall liveability of the city. Formed in 2006, the Network’s activities include placemaking and creative community events, advocacy, research, and engagement.

Viva Vancouver is the City of Vancouver’s tactical urbanism and public space innovation program, supporting the creation and testing of new public spaces, new public space ideas, and new ways of doing things.

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