re:THINK HOUSING Ideas To Be Unveiled at July 5th Event

City of Vancouver collaborative initiative reveals entries for its ideas competition at event on July 5th to celebrate the start of public voting.

The City of Vancouver has partnered up with Spacing Magazine, the Vancouver Public Space Network and Gen Why Media to host the re:THINK HOUSING ideas competition. At its core, the competition aims to tackle Vancouver’s lack of affordable housing by tasking people worldwide to submit proposals that will produce solutions to this problem. Applicants submitted proposals for either private or public land in one of two categories, Building Bold or Vibrant Neighbourhoods, and were required to fully describe how affordability will be maintained in the project long-term without government support. Additional criteria for the proposals included justifying how the project would protect and/or enhance green spaces in the city, how it could integrate with surrounding neighbourhoods and how the project would remain financially feasible.

Now that all entries have been submitted, the proposals were judged by a five-person jury from the Mayor’s Task Force on Affordable Housing and are ready to be unveiled.  The re:THINK REVEAL event will take place this upcoming Thursday, July 5th, from 7 to 9:30pm at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown. It is the main kick-off for the public voting component of the re:THINK HOUSING ideas competition. Hosted by CBC Radio One’s Shiral Tobin, the event will feature music from Van Django and some speeches from local writers Tyee Bridge and Luke Brocki, as well as poet laureate Evelyn Lau. Attendees will have the chance to vote for their favourite ideas and learn more about each proposal. There will also be a cash bar available for attendees to enjoy. The event is free to attend, but due to limited seating attendees are required to sign up beforehand on Eventbrite.

The top ideas will be able to be viewed and voted on from July 5th to July 12th at the re:THINK HOUSING website. The winning submissions will be announced at the end of July, with a total of $8,000 in prize money up for grabs. Winners will also have their ideas featured in Spacing Magazine. This competition as a whole is a great idea, with Vancouver recently becoming the most expensive city to live in throughout North America. By leveraging the collective brainpower of people both local and otherwise, the competition is sure to result in some innovative and forward-thinking ideas to tackle the city’s lack of affordable housing, which will hopefully lead to some lasting change.

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