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

Would you complain if your view of the mountains was blocked by an advertisement? Big Ideas for the City: Billboard Strategies

Billboards in public spaces are ugly and offensive. They block views of the mountains, distract drivers and allow private individuals to profit from publicly funded spaces. Furthermore, over 50% of outdoor advertising billboards in Vancouver do not meet present bylaw... Continue reading »

August 20, 2019   |   0 comments
Urban Reef - Seating in Robson Square Big Ideas: Open Robson Square to pedestrians year-round

One of the defining events to signal the start of the summer season in Vancouver has been the opening of streets as part of seasonal pedestrianization programs. Starting with Summer Spaces in 2009, and continuing each successive summer through the... Continue reading »

July 1, 2014   |   0 comments
Image Credit: Wikipedia Big Ideas for the City: Re-Imagination of Granville Island

In 1979, Vancouver welcomed a redeveloped Granville Island to the shores of False Creek. Transformed from an old industrial site, Granville Island was designed with the vision of being an urban park that promised to be something different. Its vision... Continue reading »

June 5, 2014   |   0 comments
Barclay Cycle Hire in London. 
Image by Jason Paris Big Ideas for the City: Public Bike Share

There are now over 500 public bike share programs throughout the world offering very short term bike rental from a network of affordable self service stations typically located in urban centres. Many people have heard of the larger programs like... Continue reading »

May 18, 2014   |   0 comments
Sydney Lane Bird Cages.
Image Credit. ASPECT Studio Big Ideas for the City: A Laneway Strategy

Vancouver’s laneways are an ubiquitous component of our public space network. Criss-crossing the urban landscape they comprise a significant portion of our city’s public realm. For decades the laneways have been regarded as a secondary means of vehicular circulation, while... Continue reading »

April 12, 2014   |   0 comments