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Terra Nova Play Experience

Mid Main Park

Foot of Lonsdale Public Plaza

Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza Redevelopment

Richmond Railway Corridor

Harbourside Overpass

McBurney Lane

Orchard Commons

Edgemont Village Design Guidelines

Hillcrest Riley Parks

Newton Athletic Park

Market Lane (Figure Ground)

Hapa Collaborative is a landscape architecture and urban design practice established with placemaking, attentiveness and collaboration in mind.

We see each project as an opportunity to partner, dream big and synthesize ideas wrought from many, often opposing, influences.  Our goal is to evoke the poetry of the place and in doing so reveal something delightful but perhaps previously unseen.  Most of all, we consider Hapa to be a contemporary voice for landscape architecture and a small, agile and fresh alternative to traditional firms.

Hapa Collaborative works within the full breadth of scales from master plans to pocket parks, civic spaces to private residences, streetscapes to green roofs.  However we specifically enjoy addressing the leftover spaces between buildings, applying the principles of landscape urbanism to city-building, site design and community consultation. We like to explore new methods and materials, forge new relationships and ultimately create places that people remember.

Hapa means many things: half, mixed, or hybrid; originally a pejorative term for someone of part Asian ethnicity and, by extension, anything shaped by the collision of cultural influences. Hapa can be defined as an intentional disturbance – an explosion – that creates space for something new.  It is an apt description of Vancouver’s cosmopolitan complexity and an emblem of our own profession’s mixed pedigree: landscape and architecture, art and science, nature and culture. Hapa is also a Japanese word for ‘leaf.’

Our studio of ten designers is a daily collaboration between people with different backgrounds and training, and a mix of skills and specialization.  We love the fact that this mix is present in our design process and is often realized in the final design direction in our work.  Read more about each of our Hapsters through the link below.

Team

2015 CSLA Awards Announced…and we won!!!

We are super thrilled to bring home 2 awards from the 2015 CSLA Awards.  Both Terra Nova and McBurney Lane won Regional Citation Awards!

Terra Nova Play Experience, completed with the City of Richmond, and McBurney Lane, with the City of Langley, received Regional Citation awards in the Design category of the annual awards program that recognizes excellence and innovation in landscape architecture.

These projects represent the opposite ends of the design spectrum, one being an adventure playground tucked into an existing regional nature park at the mouth of the Fraser River, and the other a small interstitial plaza in the centre of downtown Langley.  Despite the different contexts, each project was the result of a thorough and engaging public process, a strong collaborative effort between the client, consultant team, and the builders, and talented group of designers of past and present Hapsters including Sarah Siegel, Doug Shearer, Nell Gasiewicz, Shelley Long, Katherine Wimble and Erika Mashig.  We would like to also acknowledge Yvonne Stich and Kevin Connery, park planners at Richmond, and Francis Cheung and Kara Jefford at the City of Langley for their leadership and guidance.

Thank you again to everyone who was involved on both the projects, couldn’t have done it without you!

For more information about the winners click here.

 

Professor James Hitchmough Lecture in Vancouver Feb 19th, 2015…

Hapa is excited to sponsor a great evening of learning on Feb 19th, 2015, 7:30 to 9:30 at Vancouver Special located at 3612 Main Street.

“James Hitchmough’s research has explored how to design, construct and manage nature-like vegetation and, secondly, to identify what are the key elements that allow this vegetation to be seen as a positive by urban people. This research and that of other urban ecological researchers in the world is increasingly showing that the needs of people and the needs of the invertebrates and vertebrates that live in designed vegetation have much more in common than has traditionally been believed; win:win situations are really possible.

 James continues to road test his research through application to practice. In the UK he has recently implemented the first phase of a 15ha project with the Royal Horticultural Society known as the “Big Sky Meadows”, and is in the process of applying his ideas in many other countries.”

For ticket information visit www.vlc-hitchmough.eventbrite.com

Hapa Collaborative
403 – 375 West Fifth Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1J6
+ 1 604 909 4150
info@hapacobo.com

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