The City of Vancouver’s Community-Led Placemaking: Cultivating Vibrant Public Spaces

Community painting for decorating the rain friendly pop-up plaza (south Cambie Bridge); Photo Source: Robyn Chan

Stroll through neighbourhoods across the city, from Kitsilano to Hastings Sunrise, and you’ll pass by pop-up plazas, community spaces that the City of Vancouver built during the pandemic for safe and inclusive socializing. These areas are composed of picnic benches and other seating, umbrellas for shade, and plenty of friendly people hanging out and catching up.

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The City of Vancouver’s Community-Led Placemaking: Cultivating Vibrant Public Spaces

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
End June with a bang!  Celebrate this Friday through Sunday (and Canada Day) with everything from circus and markets to salmon festivals and busking.  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Free Outdoor Street Parties in Vancouver this July

Photo credit: majomo-photography | Flickr

Photo credit: majomo-photography | Flickr

Once upon a time, Vancouver was known as a “no fun” city.  This summer, Viva Vancouver is doing its best to put that reputation to rest.

Now in its second year, the city-sponsored program transforms streets into lively outdoor parties, with music, art, dancing and food.  Every weekend through Labour Day, a different free festival will liven up Vancouver, while events throughout the week ensure there’s rarely a dull moment.

Programming this year includes a series of big celebrations along Granville Street, including Latincouver, a Bike Rodeo, Axe Capoeira, TaiwanFest and more.  There will be a brand new farmers market in Yaletown on Thursdays, starting in mid-August.  City beautification programs will see permanent “rainbow crosswalks” installed along Davie Street.  And the unique Pilot Parklet Program will transform random parking lots across Vancouver into outdoor party zones.

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Free Outdoor Street Parties in Vancouver this July

“Pop Rocks” To Cover 800 Block of Robson with Giant Bean Bag Chairs, Aug. 15 – Sept. 3

Bean bag for “Pop Rocks” installation by Matthew Soules Architecture. Photo credit: MSA Projects

Hey dreamers. This one is for you.

What happens when you’ve got 2,000 ft.² recycled fabric from the iconic Canada Place sails + 4,000 ft.³ recycled polystyrene? Nothing unless VIVA Vanvouver, local architect Matthew Soules and AFJD Design Studio team up to create an unforgettable installation. The masterpiece is “Pop Rocks” – a public installation of giant bean bag chairs that will cover the 800 block of Robston Street, August 15, to September 3.

The team worked with a local sail maker who sewed Canada Place’s old tensile fabric roof into gargantuan bags. A Metro Vancouver recycler repurposed blocks of polystyrene into bean bag chair beads. The result is a range of pillows of varying sizes and shapes which will be strewn across an entire city block.

The public is invited to drop by this outdoor rec room and lounge to their heart’s content. If you’re the type of kid who refused to leave Ikea’s ball pit, or ricocheted around the moon bounce until it heaved its last breath, make “Pop Rocks” your end of summer hang out. Continue reading:
“Pop Rocks” To Cover 800 Block of Robson with Giant Bean Bag Chairs, Aug. 15 – Sept. 3