Aug '08 - May '09
It's not everyday that the City of Vancouver looks for outside ideas when deciding how to shape its future... generally being pretty smug with their "most livable city" ratings, the relative speed with which Vancouver-style Urbanism has become a global phenomenon, and largely unconcerned with the contradictions that exist on the ground.
This open call for ideas seems pretty interesting, if fast approaching: to imagine built solutions for the city's downtown core, residential areas, etc. that respond to some recent policy initiatives such as the EcoDensity Charter, the Climate Action Plan, the 2030 Challenge, and the G8 Action Plan.
Registration is March 13 and Deadline is April 6, prizes are a few thousand dollars and inclusion in some exhibitions.
"Over the past 20 years, the approach to community planning, zoning, density, transportation and housing in Vancouver has yielded substantial improvements. Continued improvement, however, requires ongoing innovation and creativity. Good intentions need to be reflected in tangible urban design.
FormShift Vancouver challenges you to give shape to these goals through ideas and design solutions that will help shape the future of the city. Be it by expanding upon Vancouver's traditional design solutions or offering an entirely new perspective, this is your chance to build a hypothetical form of the future, one that is in keeping with the vibrant, ecologically-friendly and sustainable city to which we aspire."