Last weekend I had the opportunity to help put some of the finishing touches on a senior design/build project in the downtown east side. The studio was led by Inge Roecker an Assistant Professor at UBC SALA who also runs her own practice: Asir Architekten in Stuttgart and Vancouver.
The project was to build a women’s pharmacy on West Hastings Street that would be a welcoming environment and help to fulfill a number of different needs that are not currently being met within the community. Lu’s Pharmacy for Women has a pharmacy counter at the front that any woman can use to fill her prescription. From what a I understand the dispensing fees will be much lower than those at a regular pharmacy and the prescription sales will help fund the pharmacies other operations. These include a database of doctors in the area with testimonials from female patients, a resource centre and library, meeting areas for workshops and also a doctor’s office.
The students in the studio raised $115, 000 and worked with Vancouver Women’s Health Collective to create a space that is beautiful, safe, and highly functional. I am very appreciative of having the opportunity to help do some work in the space because now that the pharmacy is open for business men will no longer have the opportunity to see the interior of the site. I highly recommend that all women in the area check it out at 29 West Hastings Street.
Here is a TED lecture given by Idette De Boer a UBC SALA thesis student, on the project, its significance in the community, and their design.