The Museum of Vancouver, in partnership with the Vancouver Urbanarium Society, presents a timely exploration of the future of Vancouver with Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver.
Scheduled to open at the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) on January 21 and run until mid-May, exhibit visitors will have an opportunity to immerse themselves in twenty visions for tomorrow’s Vancouver, focusing on four topical issues: housing affordability, residential density, ease of transportation, and quality of public space.
“Vancouver is a city in flux, undergoing massive growth and redevelopment,” says Gregory Dreicer, MOV director of curatorial and engagement. “With as many as three homes demolished each day, often to make room for denser living, we are experiencing a watershed moment in the history of the region.”
With today’s conversation typically about Vancouver’s sky-high housing prices, the exhibit is looking to shift the conversation away from real estate, and to the state of the city.
“Your Future Home launches from a presentation centre into an urban grid, in which some of Vancouver’s most creative minds grapple with the city’s thorniest issues,” continues Dreicer. “We want to bring more people into debates about what their city might become.”
Created by more than twenty of Vancouver’s leading architects, urban planners, and visionaries the exhibit will create multimedia scenarios that ask visitors to stop and rethink what they want in their hometown. These scenarios will include a model for a 2,500-foot vertical city that will challenge notions of scale; a strategy for a post-disaster transportation network that caters to bicycles; and a proposal for a network of floating barge parks.
Your Future Home will also offer a series of case studies that will highlight the role that individuals and communities play in building Vancouver. Stories will speak to the Arbutus Lands redevelopment, upcoming decisions that may transform places like Granville Island, and changes to how we heat buildings downtown.
Those visiting the exhibit will be encouraged to discuss the exhibition’s future scenarios, give feedback, and propose their own ideas. In addition, Vancouverites will be invited to participate in a number of complementary activities, plus a series of debates that will focus on public transportation, taxation of vacant properties, affordable housing solutions, and more.
Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver takes place at the Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver) from January 21 – May 15. Visit http://museumofvancouver.org for more information.