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City launches public design competition for rain-friendly spaces

"Rain-friendly public spaces play a vital role in enhancing Vancouver's resiliency and livability."

Margaret Wittgens, Director of Public Space and Street Use

March 1 2019 –

The City of Vancouver, in partnership with the Vancouver Public Space Network, is inviting residents to submit their creative designs for public space during the rainy season.

"Rain-friendly public spaces play a vital role in enhancing Vancouver's resiliency and livability," said Margaret Wittgens, Director of Public Space and Street Use. "We can't wait to see the exciting, inventive designs that people come up with to support an active, inclusive and socially connected city year-round."

Key areas

Designs will be focused on one of three key areas:

  • Rain-friendly public spaces such as parks, plazas, or laneways
  • Ready-to-build designs for a rain-friendly structure or installation
  • Rain-friendly events, activities, or celebrations that can help promote fun and positivity Vancouver's wetter months

Winning designs

Prizes will be awarded in each stream. Submissions will be accepted from February 27 to April 15, 2019.

Winning designers will be chosen by both jury selection as well as a people's choice voting process. There will also be a series of supplemental events taking place during the competition period, including speaking events and public space activations.

Read full competition details and to submit your proposal