Cult-Fave Milk Bar Just Opened in Nordstrom
Breaking: There’s a New Comfort Food Lunch Pop-up Opening in Gastown
Apparently, Lots of Vancouverites Are Buying Chocolate-Covered Strawberries for Themselves
The Perfect Autumn Cocktail Recipe: Donostia Askatuta
Everything You Need to Know About the BCL’s 2022 Whisky Release
A New Pop-Up Wine Bar Is Coming to Strathcona in November
5 Shows to Catch at the 2023 PuSh Festival
What It’s Like to Be a Figure Skater for Disney on Ice
Ten Black Friday Deals to Check Out Now
The Ultimate Winter Staycation Guide 2023: 6 Great Places to Explore in B.C.
B.C. Winter Staycation Guide 2023: 48 Hours in Tofino
B.C. Winter Staycation Guide 2023: Everything You Need to Know About Whistler’s Creekside
We Tried It: Indochino’s New Custom Women’s Suits
11 Holiday Gift Ideas from Local, Indigenous-Owned Brands
Nugu Brings design-led, sustainable dinnerware to North America
This spring, city council voted to permanently close off Robson Street between Hornby and Howe, transforming the centre of downtown Vancouver into a pedestrian-only plaza and making Arthur Erickson’s original vision for the square a reality. With the concept design still in the works, we spoke with former city planner Brent Toderian and Fred Kent, founder and president of Project for Public Spaces, about how Vancouver should reimagine the plaza. Kent says Vancouver could learn a lot from Perth, Australia, in particular, which redesigned its own sleepy square, the Perth Cultural Centre, in 2009: “It went from a pretty amazing empty space to the biggest destination in Western Australia.”
Los Angeles’s Pershing Square
People PowerBeautiful art and architecture don’t matter if there aren’t any people to enjoy it, and Kent says that Los Angeles’s Pershing Square—known for its colourful art fixtures—is an example of that. “It’s all of these shapes and forms, but there’s no real reason to be there other than to sort of look at them,” he says. As a result, the city is currently in the process of looking for a new design.
The Perth Cultural Centre
The Perfect DateThe Perth Cultural Centre is home to a number of attractions, including the city’s pre-eminent theatre, museum and art gallery, but the addition of restaurants and seating areas makes it a multi-use destination. In order to achieve that same status, Toderian says, Robson Square would benefit from small retailers, restaurants and more food trucks.
Street LifeNever underestimate the power of people watching. “You can have an interesting use, like a gallery, along the edge of a public space, but if you can’t see into it, then that’s only of use to the people who are coming to the space to go to the gallery,” Toderian says. “What you want are transparent edges that have something interesting to look into. It’s street theatre.”
The Cool KidsWhen in doubt, make sure that a public space appeals to kids. “What attracts children attracts everyone,” Toderian says. That means elements like water, interactive art and programming are big draws. The Perth Cultural Centre, for example, has an outdoor play space with instruments, interconnected talking tubes and walking stilts where visitors can experiment and test their balance.