VIVA Robson

Porch Parade seating installation for VIVA Vancouver's Robson Redux

VIVA Robson is a rare opportunity to lounge, rest, or socialize in the middle of a normally busy street in the heart of downtown Vancouver.

Each summer from Canada Day to Labour Day, the 800-block of Robson Street between Howe and Hornby streets transforms into a pedestrian plaza featuring a unique seating installation that’s open 24 hours a day.

Are you interested in the Robson Redux Design-Build competition? Check back later for information on when the next design-build competition will take place. 

Past installations

2015: Porch Parade

Porch Parade was an ad hoc arrangement of front porches in vibrant colours.

The project was the creation of Chicago-based architectural design company Design With, made up of architects Stewart Hicks and Allison Newmeyer.

The winning submission to the Robson Redux design-build competition was selected among 81 entries from as far away as Spain, Japan, and the United States.

2014: Urban Reef

In summer 2014, Urban Reef took over the 800-block of Robson Street. The shape was a series of wooden sections that morphed into one another and invited curiosity and exploration.

It was designed by Kaz Bemner, Jeremiah Deutscher, Michael Siy and Kenneth Navarra – a team of local architects, designers and carpenters.

2013 and earlier

Past installations include Corduroy Road (2013), Pop Rocks (2012), and Picnurbia (2011).

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