Where's the Square? Visionaries Wanted.
Have you ever dreamed of what Vancouver might look like if it had the type of celebrated public square or plaza that characterizes other cities around the world? Think of the festivals, markets and concerts, as well as the opportunities to meet friends, have a coffee and people watch! There’s no shortage of reasons why good public squares are the most popular and memorable places to congregate.
So what about our city? Here’s where you come in.
The Vancouver Public Space Network is currently running a Design Ideas Competition. The “Where’s the Square?” contest is open to anyone who feels like they have a plan for a grand gathering place inside the city boundaries.
We’re looking for ideas from city-lovers, planners, artists, philosophers, architects, urbanists, students of any discipline and visionaries from all walks of life. The competition has some fairly straightforward parameters covering the size, accessibility, programming and utility of the square… but after that, it’s all up to you. Most importantly, we don’t have a set location in mind. Instead, we’re looking for entrants to come up with a plan for where the square could be situated.
The “Where’s the Square?” Competition runs until March 20, 2009 and is open to individuals or teams. There will be two prizes, based on a juried review of the entries as well as a “people’s choice award.” A variety of other supporting events will also be taking place throughout February, March and April.
Interested in participating? The Competition Brief and other related materials can be accessed at the VPSN’s “Where’s The Square?” webpages: www.WheresTheSquare.ca.
One more thing: we’re asking participants to send us an Entrant Form to let us know that they want to submit a plan. We’re looking to get these by the end of the month. According to one of our participants, the record for completing and submitting an Entrant Form is under 60 seconds. If you feel so inspired (and we hope you do!), you can try and beat this time by following the link below.
“Where’s the Square?” Competition Brief:
“Where’s the Square” Competition Entrant Form:
For more information:
Vancouver Public Space Network
Box 2754, Station Terminal
349 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 3X2