Robson Street to be Transformed into Vancouver’s “Back Porch”

Sourced from City of Vancouver

Sourced from City of Vancouver

There’s nothing like hanging out on your back porch, especially when it’s in the heart of downtown Vancouver.

The 800-block of Robson Street, just behind the Vancouver Art Gallery, will be lined with a series of colourful porches this summer for Viva Vancouver’s annual Robson Redux project. The project, now in its fifth year, closes the one-block stretch of Robson Street to traffic and fills it with lively public art. Architects from around the world are invited to submit designs, and the winner receives $40,000 to implement their vision.

This year’s winner, dubbed Porch Parade, beat out 81 other proposals. Continue reading:
Robson Street to be Transformed into Vancouver’s “Back Porch”

See local and international design ideas to transform Vancouver’s famous Robson Street

Urban Reef

Last year’s winner, “Urban Reef.”

Urban theorists often say that the health of a city can be measured by its public spaces, or lack of them.

In Vancouver, one of the central gathering spots has long been the 800-block of Robson Street. Steps from some of the city’s best shopping, and extending from Robson Square to the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the block is a prime example of the kind of urban space that attracts people from all walks of life. But it could be more fun.

That, at least, is the idea behind the Robson Redux Design-Build Competition. Over the past few summers, the City of Vancouver initiative has resulted in installations of giant bean bags, waves of yellow shag and, last year, a curvy urban reef.

What will it be this summer?

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See local and international design ideas to transform Vancouver’s famous Robson Street

A Day in the Life of an Urban Reef

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Robson Redux is a rare opportunity to lounge, rest, or socialize in the middle of a normally busy downtown street.

Bike, walk or transit and then take a rest in the heart of the city at the Robson Redux summertime plaza, downtown Vancouver at 800-block Robson Street, between Howe and Hornby Streets. Each summer, this block transforms into a pedestrian plaza featuring a unique seating installation that’s open 24 hours a day.

“Urban Reef” Coming to Robson Street in Vancouver

City of Vancouver

City of Vancouver

Are you ready to “swim” your way through Vancouver’s Robson Street?

The 800-block of Robson will be closed to traffic and transformed into an “urban reef” this summer. Designed to encourage people to stop, meet and mingle, the unique installation consists of a series of flowing benches crafted to look much like a landlocked coral reef.

The design beat out 78 other entries from all over the world as part of the Robson Redux contest.  Entrants were tasked with transforming the busy section of Robson Street, situated directly behind the Vancouver Art Gallery, into a pedestrian-friendly space for people to sit and relax during the summer months.

The winning design came, appropriately enough, from a group of Vancouver architects and carpenters.   Continue reading:
“Urban Reef” Coming to Robson Street in Vancouver

Holiday Shopping in Vancouver: Robson

Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

The holidays are upon us and while deals across the border might seem tempting, merchants around the city are stepping up their game to offer discounts, packages, and unique retail experiences for shoppers. To promote local spending, I’ve talked to several local business improvement associations about what makes their neighbourhood shine for shoppers. This week’s feature for last-minute shopping is Robson Street. Continue reading:
Holiday Shopping in Vancouver: Robson