Robson Redux Design Exhibition

Saturday, February 28, 2015 to Sunday, March 15, 2015

VIVA Vancouver is the City of Vancouver's program responsible for the annual Robson Redux Design-Build Competition, which temporarily transforms the iconic 800-block of Robson Street, in the heart of downtown Vancouver, into an inviting and enjoyable pedestrian plaza for the summer season. Over the past four summers, this street has seen delightful and imaginative installations of giant bean bags, waves of yellow shag, and a curvy urban reef.

The competition invites emerging and professional designers, architects and artists to submit their design ideas for the block’s transformation. This year's competition is built on the theme of connection: people's connection to one another and to the urban space.

VIVA Vancouver and the Museum of Vancouver have partnered to present an exhibition of all of the design entries received as part of Robson Redux 2015. Come see more than 80 submissions from local and international teams; some entries came from as far away as Hong Kong, New York, Seoul, and Vienna.

“Imagining the creative potential of public spaces like 800-block Robson Street is a great way to stretch our thinking about how we use space,” says Cheryl Nelms, Director of Project and Quality Management from the City of Vancouver. “The proposals that are submitted to Robson Redux are a great source of inspiration for how else a city can be animated and used to facilitate a healthy, vibrant life for its residents.”

An external jury panel will select the Design-Build Award winner, which will be built and installed on Robson Street by July 1, Canada Day. The City will also present a People’s Choice Award for the most popular design. Visitors to the Museum are invited to cast their ballot for the People’s Choice Award.  

The Robson Redux Design-Build Award and People’s Choice Award will be announced on March 18.


VIVA Vancouver and the Museum of Vancouver thank all staff and supporters associated with making this exhibition possible.

March 05, 2015 / 7:00 PM
Talk & Tour: Robson Redux – Transforming Public Space

Talk & Tour: Robson Redux – Transforming Public Space

Over the last four summers, the 800-block of Robson Street has been home to delightful installations of giant bean bags, waves of yellow shag, multi shaped picnic tables, and a curvy urban reef. But transforming public space is not easy, especially when it comes to road closures. Join Scott Edwards, Manager of Street Activities for the City of Vancouver, in a Talk and Tour of the Robson Redux Design Exhibition that goes behind the scenes and below the surface of this uniquely Vancouver public space design competition. Learn about some of the grounding philosophical principles and civic aspirations of the project as well as the genesis and evolution of the design-build competition.

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Admission: $14 General | $11 Seniors & Students | $8 Youth |  FREE MOV Members. Includes admission to MOV exhibitions.
Get Tickets: http://robsonreduxtour.eventbrite.ca

The Robson Redux Design Exhibition is presented by VIVA Vancouver in partnership with the Museum of Vancouver. This Talk & Tour is made possible through the support of the City of Vancouver and the British Columbia Arts Council. We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.

March 06, 2015 / 7:00 PM
Robson Redux Design Exhibition – People's Choice Award Launch Party

 Robson Redux Design Exhibition Digital Flyer

Robson Redux Design Exhibition – People's Choice Award Launch Party

VIVA Vancouver is exhibiting all of the Robson Redux 2015 design submissions at the Museum of Vancouver. Join us for a special evening at the MOV as we officially launch the vote for the Robson Redux People’s Choice Award. Be one of the first to cast your ballot on Friday, March 6th. Can’t wait to see you there!

Date: Friday, March 6, 2015
Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street

Admission: Free, please RSVP below or at https://robsonreduxatmov.eventbrite.ca

Cash bar and DJ.


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June 28, 2015 / 3:00 PM
Designers Talk: Porch Parade and Robson Redux (2015)
Porch Parade
Image: Design With / City of Vancouver
Designers Talk: Porch Parade and Robson Redux (2015)
Join us for an afternoon design talk, followed by a meet and greet with Chicago-based architects Stewart Hicks and Allison Newmeyer – the winners of VIVA Vancouver’s Robson Redux Design-Build Competition for 2015.
Date: Sunday, June 28, 2015
Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm, talk begins at 3:15pm
Admission: Adult $14 | Seniors & Students $11 | Youth $8 | MOV Members Free | Includes admission to all MOV exhibitions, including the astonishing Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show
Hicks and Newmeyer will provide insight into their winning design “Porch Parade”, which will be an ad hoc arrangement of front porches in vibrant colours. The design features a collection of porches that appear abstract at first, but when full of visitors, becomes a lively and familiar atmosphere for downtown Vancouver. As of July 1, everyone in Vancouver can enjoy the simple delight of people watching and connecting from a porch down on 800 Robson Street. Porch Parade was selected as the winning design from a pool of over 80 local and international entries, some from as far away as Hong Kong, New York, Seoul, and Vienna.
Design With Company is a Chicago-based consortium founded by Stewart Hicks and Allison Newmeyer in 2010. They teach at the University of Illinois at Chicago and practice what they call “Slipstream Architecture,” which reveals latent conditions of reality through design narratives and fictions.
The goal of VIVA Vancouver's Robson Redux competition is to temporarily transform the iconic 800-block of Robson Street, in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Canada, into an inviting and enjoyable pedestrian plaza for the summer season.
Talk to be followed by light refreshments and mingling.
Event brought to you in partnership with VIVA Vancouver

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