If you walk under the south side of Cambie Bridge next Friday, you’re in for a big surprise – in the form of Vancouver’s first large-scale public blanket fort.
The fort is one of the attractions being set up by students of SFU’s Semester in Dialogue at CityStudio as part of their Bridge Warming event on November 24.
CityStudio Vancouver is an innovation hub of students from SFU, UBC, BCIT, Langara, Emily Carr and NEC, as well as City of Vancouver staff, and community stakeholders.
Together, they work “to develop projects for a more joyful, liveable and sustainable city.”
“We’re excited to get out of the classroom and into the real world,” says Hans Sy, one of the participating students in a release.
“We’re glad to have this opportunity to create something as part of the community, for the
“That’s the magic of CityStudio,” said Janet Moore, course instructor. “These students bring fresh ideas and optimism to civic engagement.”
The Bridge Warming event will take between 3 pm and 8 pm, and is also being held in collaboration with Viva Vancouver and experimental design studio HFour.
The free event will also feature Patio Jams, an interactive jam session at a pop up performance space, and participatory Chalk Talks on chalk walls.
As well heading into the Connect Fort blanket fort, you’ll also be able to Buddy Up in an outdoor living room and share skills, books and stories.
In the City Gone Wild feature, you can explore a miniature gardenscape city and learn about the importance of native plants.
Meanwhile, at sundown, Hfour will fill the area under Cambie Bridge with projections and lighting, alongside live music to end the night.
The whole event is free, but donations of blankets and warm clothing for the Union Gospel Mission will be accepted.
When: Friday, November 24
Time: 3 pm to 8 pm
Where: Under the south side of Cambie Bridge, between 1st and 2nd, Vancouver
Admission: Free; bring donations of warm clothing or blankets for the Union Gospel Mission.