The idea of Awesome takes existing, underutilized downtown laneways and reshapes them into engaging public spaces accessible by everyone.
As a city with a distinctive urban form, Vancouver’s street grid includes over 200+ downtown blocks that are bisected by a lane. Reimagining and reconfiguring these utilitarian corridors as vibrant recreational, commercial and performance spaces could increase the pedestrian area of downtown by as much as 30%. Awesome!
The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, HCMA Architecture + Design and the City of Vancouver are creating a new, robust network of interconnected laneways, each with its own sense of place and evolving identity – starting with the Hastings West lane between Seymour and Granville Streets behind the Birks Building. Read the media release.
Weather willing (!), it will be ready for an official unveiling on Thursday, September 15 from 5-10pm as part as part of a ‘Power of Placemaking’ downtown public spaces crawl for attendees of the Placemaking Week conference and all lovers of laneways. Please join us.
Where’d this idea come from?
Last year, 11,000 Vancouverites weighed in on the Downtown Vancouver BIA’s Re-Imagine process. They helped create a vision for downtown for the next 25 years. Refresh your memory.
One of the ideas that come up again and again – activate, decorate, commercialize, clean up/brighten up our laneways please! So, we are.