Advocacy, education and outreach in support of Vancouver's public spaces

Golden Tree inauguration with Douglas Coupland. Photo: Christine Rondeau, https://www.flickr.com/photos/crondeau/29911930682 under Creative Commons, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode Public art around us: Douglas Coupland’s Golden Tree as celebration and warning

By Aderyn Davies One of Vancouver’s most recognized cultural names has created a very shiny, bold piece of public art relating to B.C.’s old-growth forests. As a Vancouverite, I instantly recognized Golden Tree by Douglas Coupland as a replica of... Continue reading »

May 10, 2017   |   0 comments
Deeper meanings lie behind apparent goofiness in Yue Minjun's installation A_maze_ing_Laughter by English Bay. Photo: A. Davies Public art around us: Looking past the frozen smiles of Yue Minjun’s A-maze-ing Laughter

By Aderyn Davies With spring here and weather warming up, it’s a great time to get out there and start engaging with the city’s public art. One of Vancouver’s most recognized, indeed iconic pieces, A-maze-ing Laughter by Chinese artist Yue... Continue reading »

April 28, 2017   |   0 comments
With paving of the temporary path complete, the Arbutus Greenway veers toward the community gardens at 6th. Photo: Naomi Reichstein The Arbutus Greenway: What people wanted and what’s up next

by Naomi Wittes Reichstein, VPSN communications coordinator and Arbutus Greenway project lead If you’ve walked the Arbutus Greenway lately, you’ve probably noticed that the temporary pathway is all paved now. Every time I go on it, I’m encouraged to see... Continue reading »

April 25, 2017   |   0 comments
Robson Redux 2015: Porch Parade Porch Parade is the winner of the 2015 Viva Vancouver Robson Redux design competition. The installation was featured as the summertime plaza on 800-block Robson in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Learn more: vancouver.ca/viva Photo: Krista Jahnke Creative Commons license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/legalcode Vancouver announces strategy for the future of downtown public space

By Devon Harlos, master’s candidate, SCARP In an effort to address the absence of a comprehensive approach regarding our public spaces in Vancouver, the City has announced the Downtown Places and Spaces Strategy. This follows on VIVA Vancouver, the program behind... Continue reading »

April 23, 2017   |   0 comments
Blood Alley Square, Vancouver, circa 1975 VPSN member interviewed on Roundhouse Radio about Vancouver heritage, historic demolitions

We were on the radio this week! Have a listen here! Following publication of this article on the major upcoming changes to the framework for the Vancouver Heritage Register, VPSN communications coordinator Naomi Wittes Reichstein appeared for an interview on Roundhouse Radio 98.3 FM,... Continue reading »

April 20, 2017   |   0 comments