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Posted by: Myles Constable on March 17, 2016 at 11:59 am

This workshop series invites participants to explore the wider issues and challenges in Vancouver through a design lens.

Sunday afternoons (2:30-5:00pm) throughout April, the Museum will curate a series of playful explorations and thoughtful workshops in conjunction with the Your Future Home exhibition and its central themes: Affordability, Density, Mobility and Public Space. Each workshop session can be experienced as a standalone event, or participate in all of them for maximum engagement!

 

April 3: Modify Vancouver: An Introduction to Design Fiction

Hosted by the Vancouver Design Nerds, this workship will introduce participants to Design Fiction through the research of guest speaker Ian Wojtowicz. It will spark creativity, collaboration and a methods for generating conceptual ideas as they pertain to local issues around Vancouver’s mobility and public space.

Participants will work in small groups to put theory into action, re-imagining a Vancouver without any limits. Designers use the practice of Design Fiction to propose and provoke discussion about what is and what could be, to produce projects that sit between the plausible and imaginary. This is a unique technique that takes a speculative approach to creative work; think science fiction for the present! Join the Design Nerds and use your creative imagination to design near future realities around such areas as public transportation and public space.

Workshop leaders and registration info.

 

April 10: Dear Vancouver: An Experimental Letter Writing Campaign on Public Space

This workshop invites participants to brainstorm and create a new and experimental campaign for communicating with, through and across the city of Vancouver. Workshop coordinators - Justin Langlois and Alicia Medina Laddaga - will lead participants through creative forms of writing to synthesize letters that will be documented and subsequently distributed though post and/or online.

Letter writing campaigns have long been the first line of action by citizens asking for change in their communities. Whether writing to city hall, letters to the editor, or even posters in public places, the ways in which we address our city and one another goes a long way in shaping how we think about and live within Vancouver. Dear Vancouver workshop will implement collective letter drafting of enthusiastic praise, important demands, and open-ended questions to get to know where we live, and how we live in Vancouver. No experience in letter writing is necessary. Non-English speaking community members are highly encouraged to attend.

Workshop leaders and registration info.

 

April 17: Make It Rain

This workshop, facilitated by members of The Vancouver Public Space Network (VPSN), explores the concept of making public spaces in rainy climates usable and enjoyable all year round. Participants will review and discuss precedent studies, followed by a “live” analysis of remote video feeds from around the city of Vancouver. In an effort to work through solutions for more rain friendly city spaces, participants will be asked, ‘what are the impacts of a predominantly rainy climate on the design of public spaces?’

This workshop will develop materials and documentation that will be used as a basis for advocacy and education directed towards making Vancouver’s public spaces better adapted for the rainy months. After participating in the Make it Rain workshop you will be inspired to connect and celebrate one of Vancouver’s most overlooked assets: the rain.

Workshop leaders and registration info.

 

April 24: Improv-ing the City. Designing Policies through Participative Theatre

Alec Balasescu and Jonathan Bleackley of Civic Renewal Lab host a role-playing and improv workshop that will explore Vancouver’s development, housing, and affordability policies. Guided by the question, "for whom is the city built?" and borrowing from similar policy-based theatre work, participants will be led in acting out the impact of key housing policies and policy questions, with an interest towards helping residents understand the stakes, opinions and goals of the various players involved, and why finding solutions can be difficult.

Actors will be assigned diverse roles such as homeowner, renter, real estate agent, foreign investor, contractor banker. They will be provided with a current or proposed policy and be asked to act out the implications of that policy. The eventual goal of Improv-ing the City is to help participants better understand the complexity of the issues, what is causing the real estate crisis, and identify what policy changes Vancouver could adopt moving forward to address the problem.

This event has been canceled but may be rescheduled in the future.

Posted by: Myles Constable on November 25, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Design Sundays returns to the Museum of Vancouver this November with the series Housing for a Connected City. Part III – Rally for Connection – was held on November 23, 2014 and was facilitated by Jorge Amigo of the #bemyamigo initiative.

Jorge Amigo initiated the session with a presentation on iconic signs and acts of protest from the 20th and 21st Centuries (right up to the concurrent Kinder Morgan protests in Burnaby), and how their images have come to define issues due to their ubiquitous circulation throughout the mass media, exhibitions, and the internet. See example below:

Participants discussed their own histories with protesting, each sharing their successes, failures, motivations and the dangers faced. We then broke off into teams to devise slogans encapsulating desires and attitudes surrounding housing affordability and social connection in Vancouver, spending over an hour and a half of intense planning to flesh them out into engaging visual prototypes.

Design Sundays: Housing for a Connected City wraps up this weekend with:

November 30: Part IV, CONNECT: Design Nerd Jam with the Vancouver Design Nerds Tickets

A key part of the Museum of Vancouver's mission is to strengthen Vancouverites’ personal connections and civic engagement. We believe that connection is critical for resilient communities, sustainability, and health. We are pleased to be partnering this month with Laboratory of Housing Alternatives, Generation Squeeze, marianne amodio architecture studio, THNK School of Creative Leadership, #bemyamigo, and the Vancouver Design Nerds to present the latest iteration of our annual four-part Design Sundays series: Housing for a Connected City.

More event photos can be seen here.

Posted by: Myles Constable on November 19, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Design Sundays returns to the Museum of Vancouver this November with the series Housing for a Connected City. Part II was held on November 16, 2014 with REFRAME: Reframing Housing in Vancouver. This interactive workshop was facilitated by THNK School of Creative Leadership.

Participants worked together in teams of three using a reframing technique as a means of overcoming intellectual barriers impeding our ability to think constructively about problems of affordability in Vancouver’s housing market. By systematically identifying core negative beliefs about housing and affordability, further identifying the beliefs supporting those initial key principals, formulating beliefs in direct opposition to the supporting beliefs in the previous step, and then subsequently summarizing these opposing supporting beliefs to form new core beliefs, fresh perspectives became suddenly and unexpectedly apparent. As one participant summarized during the wrap up, by arguing for points of view we normally wouldn’t identify with, it becomes easier to accept solutions we might otherwise too easily write off as unfeasible. The results were eye opening for those involved, and the exercise allowed us to step outside of repetitive configurations and ways of thinking, aiding us as we move forward and strive for change.

Design Sundays: Housing for a Connected City continues...

November 23: Part III, RALLY: Rally for Connection with #bemyamigo Tickets

November 30: Part IV, CONNECT: Design Nerd Jam with the Vancouver Design Nerds Tickets

A key part of the Museum of Vancouver's mission is to strengthen Vancouverites’ personal connections and civic engagement. We believe that connection is critical for resilient communities, sustainability, and health. We are pleased to be partnering this month with Laboratory of Housing Alternatives, Generation Squeeze, marianne amodio architecture studio, THNK School of Creative Leadership, #bemyamigo, and the Vancouver Design Nerds to present the latest iteration of our annual four-part Design Sundays series: Housing for a Connected City.

More event photos can be seen here.

Posted by: Myles Constable on November 12, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Design Sundays returns to the Museum of Vancouver this November with the series Housing for a Connected City. Part I, JUXTAPOSE, was held on the afternoon of Sunday November 9, 2014.

Laboratory of Housing Alternatives board member Alicia Medina introduced the overarching topics of the series, namely housing affordability, loneliness, and social engagement and connectedness – and posed the question to the audience for group discussion: How engaged do I feel in my current living situation?

Paul Kershaw (founder of Generation Squeeze) and architect Marianne Amodio presented on the work they're currently involved with. Kershaw revealed startling statistics that suggest current Federal and Provincial level subsidization policies exclude young Canadians from financial support in areas, such as raising children, that might otherwise indirectly alleviate the pressures of Vancouver housing costs. Amodio detailed recent high density, multi-adult housing projects she's developed that maximize footprints for communal amenities, while keeping private space functional and minimizing underused spaces (foyers, formal dining rooms, etc.) – all without undervaluing the beauty of form. The pair then led an insightful and engaging Q&A session that saw input from a multigenerational audience composed of the likes of students, designers, business owners and even candidates in the current municipal elections. Participation was wide and incredibly considerate of the issues at hand, and had us thinking about investing in what might not normally be considered capital to offset inhospitable economic climates, breaking away from traditional conceptions of home ownership and life achievement; and to closely evaluate the design and context of public space to potentially counteract loneliness and social disengagement.

Design Sundays: Housing for a Connected City continues...

November 16: Part II, REFRAME: Reframing Housing in Vancouver with THNK School of Creative Leadership. Tickets

November 23: Part III, RALLY: Rally for Connection with #bemyamigo Tickets

November 30: Part IV, CONNECT: Design Nerd Jam with the Vancouver Design Nerds Tickets

A key part of the Museum of Vancouver's mission is to strengthen Vancouverites’ personal connections and civic engagement. We believe that connection is critical for resilient communities, sustainability, and health. We are pleased to be partnering this month with Laboratory of Housing Alternatives, Generation Squeeze, marianne amodio architecture studio, THNK School of Creative Leadership, #bemyamigo, and the Vancouver Design Nerds to present the latest iteration of our annual four-part Design Sundays series: Housing for a Connected City.

More event photos can be seen here.

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