The 800-block of Robson Street and Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza consultation
Block 51: A Look Forward
On October 17, 7-10pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery. We'll look at how Block 51 has been used over the last few years and collect ideas for future use. This is the second of two public events to support the 800 Robson and VAG North Plaza consultation.
Date and time
October 17 2012, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street
Every block in downtown Vancouver has an associated number. The block bounded by Robson, Howe, Hornby and Georgia is known as Block 51. Two important consultations are taking place on this block: 800-block Robson Street and the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza.
Join us for the second of two public events to explore the importance of this block over the last couple of years and draw inspiration from other cities. This event will be hosted by Vanessa Richards and will feature short presentations on:
- How this area was the central hub for the 2010 Winter Games celebrations
- What Viva Vancouver has learned as they transformed 800 Robson into a pedestrian space over the last few summers
- How the overwhelming majority of entries to the Vancouver’s Public Space Network’s “Where’s the Square?” design competition selected this area as the heart of Vancouver
- Civic historian John Atkin will tell the history of the VAG North Plaza
- Lon LaClaire, the Manager of Strategic Transportation at the City of Vancouver will talk about how this area was the central hub for the 2010 Winter Games celebrations
- Jenniffer Sheel and Krisztina Kassay from Viva Vancouver will share what they have learned as they transformed 800 Robson into a pedestrian space over the last few summers
- Heather Forbes from the Vancouver Public Space Network will discuss how the overwhelming majority of entries to their “Where’s the Square?” design competition selected Block 51 as the heart of Vancouver
- Pop Rocks designers Matthew Soules, Joe Dahmen, and Amber Frid Jimenez will share their experiences working with 800 Robson and provide some thoughts for the future
- Matthew Blackett from Spacing Magazine will give an overview of innovative public spaces from other cities to be used as inspiration
This event will end with an illustrated brainstorming exercise that will collect ideas on what type of future uses are desired for 800 Robson and the VAG North Plaza. These images will form the basis of a survey that will be deployed after the events. Results will be included in the staff report to Council on 800 Robson and will be given to the designer for the VAG North Plaza.
This event is presented in partnership with Spacing Magazine, the Art Gallery of Vancouver and the Vancouver Public Space Network.
This event is free but as space is limited please RSVP.
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