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Past Present Future Vilac, Trevor


Past Present Future Vancouver is a coastal city, yet lacks engagement with the water. The city is branded as an active lifestyle hub, where connection to nature is key. Yet, the city itself is separated from the water by the fi xed track that is the Vancouver Seawall. People simply pass by the water instead of engaging with it. The water is on exhibition, banished to the periphery instead of being touched. Further, the coast of Vancouver stands to be dramatically redefi ned within the next 100 years. Protecting the city from the eff ects of sea level rise necessitates the redefi nition of the coast. The key in protecting ourselves from the destructive eff ects of water is to engage with water. The impending problems facing our coast brings along with it opportunities.

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