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Robson Plaza To Be Transformed Into ‘Porch Parade’ In July

Robson Plaza Will Be Transformed Into 'Porch Parade' This Summer

Robson Plaza Will Be Transformed Into 'Porch Parade' This Summer

VIVA Vancouver is the City of Vancouver’s public space program that specializes in turning road spaces into people places.

For the past few months, VIVA Vancouver has been collecting unique designs to transform Robson Plaza, an iconic block in downtown Vancouver into a temporary summertime plaza for pedestrians (as it does every year). Among all the great potential designs for this years transformation, the “Porch Parade” has come out on top and has been selected for the official 2015 summertime design.

The design is described as an ad hoc arrangement of front porches in vibrant colours. It features a collection of porches that at first appears abstract, but when full of visitors, will be a lively and familiar atmosphere for downtown Vancouver.

The project is the creation of Chicago-based architectural design company Design With, made up of architects Stewart Hicks and Allison Newmeyer. Hicks and Newmeyer will receive a design honorarium and up to $40,000 will cover costs of materials, fabrication, construction, installation, and de-installation.

Robson Plaza Will Be Transformed Into 'Porch Parade' This Summer

Installation of “Porch Parade” will begin place in May and be installed on July 1 on 800 Robson Street. The summertime hangout will be accessible from July 1 (Canada Day) through Labour Day long weekend.

This is the first time the winner of the competition was from outside Vancouver. The 2015 people’s choice award went to recent University of British Columbia graduates and their project called “#ICU” which offers seats with windows peering at other seats. “Robson Reclaimed” and “Greenest Block” both won honorable mentions.


What do you think of the winning design? Will you be visiting the Robson Plaza this summer? Let us know in the comments below!

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