Thursday, October 17
City Conversations: Making Orphan Spaces into Community Places
Place: Rm. 1600, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.
Every city has leftover bits of unloved land: weedy, muddy, derelict— orphaned, because nobody is responsible for them. That’s changing in Vancouver, where neighbours, associations, universities and the city itself are turning orphan spaces into attractive, delightful, artistic community places like “Frame Space” in Grandview. Once a dirt triangle between two streets, it now has grass, a simple bench and a picture frame that draws people to the spectacular view of the North Shore mountains.
Want to find and perhaps adopt orphan spaces in your neighbourhood? Come learn from Janet Moore and Duane Elverum, co-directors of CityStudio, a coalition of Vancouver and six colleges, where students design and implement Greenest City projects; and a neighbourhood person who has adopted other orphan spaces. Then it’s your turn to question, comment, opine. Feel free to bring your lunch!