UBC Graduate Research

Intensifying Publicness Within The Void Potvin, Joshua James


Vancouver’s downtown is faced with a disappearing public realm. The rezoning of privately-owned public spaces for commercial, high-end retail and luxury housing, has further fragmented the urban public ground plane with sameness after sameness. As capital demands perpetuate, and land for permanent public intervention is diminished, the city of Vancouver is unable to adapt to the changing social and public demands within the downtown. This project proposes a kit of parts for the city to adopt within privately owned public spaces, to create a connected public urban network and support vibrant and dynamic public life within the downtown of Vancouver.

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