The City along with the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association took an alley in Vancouver, south of Granville between Granville and Seymour, and splashed some bright paint on the walls. They also added some basketball hoops and in time will be adding more furniture to the space.
The idea is to try and create an urban park where people can gather and play. Plus it just adds a little weirdness to the city.
Global News had this quote: “At about six o’clock they’re (alley ways) empty. We thought it was a way to activate the fallow time and also for people during the day around here who work in the business to come here and have a little fun at lunchtime,” said HCMA Architecture designer Steve Dipasquale.
Yes all cities should be designed from the lense of a child! At the very core we all want the same thing but often times adults get lost in the complexities of large scale projects and developments. We tend to easily forget that simplicity can solve many issues and that play is a real need.One of my biggest concerns with placemaking is inclusion and how to make all design appealing and safe for all end users. Creating spaces for communities has to have the long term residents at the heart of the design and implementation; this is why I loved this space so much during our pop crawl. I was able to see people from ALL ages playing, engaging and making use of all that this public space had to offer! #popcrawl #placemakingweek