The Vancouver Art Gallery was buzzing last evening with design and architecture enthusiasts that had the opportunity to view local and international talent for the Robson Redux Design Competition 2014.
Fred Lee, Vancouver’s Man-About-Town on CBC Radio One, kicked off the evening with an introduction to the event. The Robson Redux competition featured over 80 designers and 100 submissions for this year’s temporary summertime transformation of the 800 block of Robson into a fun summer plaza for pedestrians. International submissions came from as far away as Ukraine and Japan.
The City of Vancouver’s VIVA Vancouver program intends to transform downtown with an innovative and environmentally friendly design that will turn road spaces into people friendly public places. The winning team will be announced on April 15, and the first place designer will receive $40,000 to cover the costs of materials, fabrication, construction, installation, and de-installation for their projects.
Online voting opens today and individuals can participate and cast their vote on the Viva Vancouver Design Competition website.
Over the last few years, VIVA Vancouver teamed up with various local partners working on repurposing and transforming road spaces into a temporary or semi-permanent public space for residents to enjoy. This program is intended to create a vibrant and vivacious space where passersby can enjoy each other’s company by creating social connections.
In the past, we have seen some interesting concepts and designs that have been featured, showcasing local and international talent, like 2013’s winner – Corduroy Road.
Vancity Buzz’s Top 17 designs include:
1. Patchwork Parade
3. Urban Reef
5. Street Keys
6. Flying Kites
7. Zen Modular
8. Port City
9. Social Conduit
10. Sweet Spot
12. Eco Cantilevers
15. Log Jam
16. Tempo Vancouver
17. Urban Reef