The Public Realm – Ideas Competition and Case Study
The goal of the 21 Places for the 21st Century Ideas Competition was to generate a dialogue among Vancouverites about creative ways to make Vancouver’s public realm a more appealing and welcoming place to live.
The competition was designed to invite citizens of all ages and from all walks of life in re-imagining and redesigning aspects and pockets of Vancouver’s public realm. The 65 entries reflected a diverse group of more than 200 people, including: a grade 7 class, architects and landscape architects, high school and university students, families, urban planners, a 10-year-old girl, groups of friends and neighbours , local activists, artists, a skateboard coalition, and business people
A panel of six judges selected 21 entries as the finalists for exhibition at the Interurban Gallery:
21 Places Ideas Competition Details
The competition was supported by online information that was incorporated into the website developed for the Alternative Futures Housing project. The finalists’ submissions are posted on the legacy 21 Places web pages within this legacy website, along with details about the competition, profiles of the judges, and photos of the widely-attended exhibition opening. The Commission also conducted a public realm study concurrently with the competition.