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Jim Deva Plaza Speaker’s Corner – Opening Thursday July 28th

Tomorrow night, downtown Vancouver’s newest plaza opens to the public with live performances, entertainment, and a ribbon cutting with the Mayor.

Hapa designed and coordinated the fabrication of a commemorative speakers’ corner ‘soapbox’ feature for Jim Deva Plaza (plaza design by PFS Studio).
The public art/commemorative sculpture pays tribute to the plaza’s namesake Jim Deva, who was a beloved community member and champion of free speech rights and equality in the LGBTQ2+ Community in Vancouver. Inspired by the formal geometries of megaphones, grammaphones, and flowers alike, the piece is painted in pink and turquoise – the two colours from the original rainbow flag design that did not make it into mass production.

The plaza also celebrates Jim Deva’s role as advocate for parks and open space in Vancouver, making the street closure by the famous rainbow crosswalks a fitting dedication.

Join us tomorrow night at Jim Deva Plaza from 4-8:30pm for a lively night of celebration to kick off Vancouver Pride Week!

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Ponderosa Commons Tour

Hapa was one of the tour leaders for the Society for College and University Planning’s Annual Conference, held in Vancouver this week. The tour sessions featured our work at Ponderosa Commons, the first of several mixed-use student housing hubs at the University of British Columbia. Approximately 75 conference attendees toured the complex, including the Fine Arts and Education faculties, student housing and collegium spaces, and ending with our al fresco presentation in the recently completed outdoor classroom.

Congratulations to UBC and our collaborators at HCMA, KPMB, Ledcor and Urban One: we received lots of really positive comments from the conference tour!

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Terra Nova in Extraordinary Playscapes Exhibition by Design Museum Boston

Terra Nova Play Experience is one of many Extraordinary Playscapes from around the world currently part of an exhibition at the Design Museum Boston.

The exhibition is open in Boston until September 5th, 2016, after which it will visit the west coast in Portland, Oregon.

For the exhibition, Hapa created Playbook: Designing Terra Nova Play Experience – a book documenting the design process of the playground from public consultation, to models and renderings, and finally, construction.

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