UBC Graduate Research

Future False Creek : Reconnecting False Creek’s public space with its water in the face of sea level rise Pattman, Gavin; Ross-Ghali, Katrina


Parks and public space are critical to the health and resilience of individuals and communities. Waterfront public spaces are often of special significance, as they are the primary interface many city dwellers have with water and the coast. However, as coastal cities face the effects of climate change and sea level rise, many parks and public spaces are at risk of being lost or severely altered from increasingly frequent flooding or the shoreline fortification constructed to prevent it. As cities densify to house climate refugees and rising populations, pressures on these shrinking public spaces increase substantially. How can we proactively reimagine waterfront public spaces as a system to embrace the future, while enhancing habitat, adaptability, and access to the water? This project examines the effects of sea level rise on False Creek, an inlet at the increasingly-dense urban heart of Vancouver characterized by its continuous perimeter of public space. The subsequent design proposal seeks to envision an alternate future for False Creek using an equitable and resilient system of public spaces that will embrace Vancouver’s new and ever-changing shoreline.

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