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Hapa featured as one of 30 “Canadian Architecture Firms Breaking New Ground” by AZURE

Hapa Collaborative has focus on reinvigorating Vancouver’s public spaces and streets with engaging playgrounds and inviting resting spots… The project [Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza], which had a soft opening on June 22, is already adored by locals. Its most defining feature is a tricolour mosaic of asymmetric tiles. In Canadian cities public squares can be few and far between. This plaza’s dramatic upgrade gives a new face to the entire downtown core.

In light of Canada Day celebrations, Azure magazine handpicked firms that “express the power and vision of the nation” — what an honour to be alongside other inspiring Canadian colleagues. Thanks again for the nod, Azure team! Read more over at: http://www.azuremagazine.com/article/canada-150-30-canadian-architecture-firms/

The Future of Landscape Architecture: Celebrating Risk-Taking with Sitelines

Last month, Hapa was invited by Symmetry Lighting to participate in a conversation for this February’s edition of Sitelines, exploring the theme of celebrating risk-taking. We sat down with guest editor Robin Rosebrugh (Symmetry Lighting), landscape designer Vanessa Goldgrub (ETA Landscape Architecture) and Derek Lee (PWL Partnership) to discuss why celebration may not commonly be the initial response to risk, and how pushing boundaries can be healthy. Or perhaps necessary.

As Robin prefaces in the issue, “landscape architects play a role in community cohesion, restoration and resilience, and personal well-being” and we certainly agree these are everyday considerations  in the business and the profession. A glimpse of the conversation from this month’s newsletter can be found online on the Sitelines publication archive here.

The topics that Vanessa, Derek and Joe covered with Robin brings to mind a couple excerpts from the 50th anniversary edition of Sitelines (June 2014):

“We need what I call “VIM”—namely Vision, Imagination, and Motivation in order to accomplish these goals. The challenges of climate change, worldwide hyper-urbanized growth,  resulting  in the loss of open space, especially agricultural lands—essential for our food security, and resource scarcity such as water, are expanding the scale, methods, and demands for our profession. We can no longer solve these problems alone but must collaborate with other professionals. While practicing what I call the three R’s: Research, shouldering Responsibility, and Risk-taking.” – Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, LMBCSLA, FCSLA, FASLA, OC

“A radical rethinking of how our cities have been built is required, and this rethinking will necessitate a reassertion of the public
realm as a multifunctional, adaptable, dynamic, absorptive, responsive, relational, democratic space.” – Kelty McKinnon, MBCSLA

Almost three years later, Cornelia and Kelty’s call for memorable acronyms and multivalent places continue to be part of our advocacy today. Collaboration and an educated society are continuously important, so we can find more solutions together and integrate, rather than work within our own silos.

Thank you all for your company and to Robin and Lilian for hosting us on that Monday evening. Cover image by Vanessa.

Now open: The Foot of Lonsdale’s Megabench

It’s here! The Megabench at the Foot of Lonsdale is complete and now open to the public. Thank you to City of North Vancouver staff and all visitors that braved the rain to visit our opening this morning in the North shore.

Mayor Darrell Mussatto and Councillor Linda Buchanan were there for the occasion, as were our clients from the City, Heather Reinhold and Monty Hurd. Below is Hapa’s own Doug, with the Mayor and Councillor Buchanan trying the bench out.

For more updates, visit the City of North Vancouver’s page here.

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(City of North Vancouver: Monty Hurd, Councillor Linda Buchanan, Mayor Darrell Mussatto, Barbara Pearce, and Heather Reinhold.)

(City of North Vancouver: Monty Hurd, Councillor Linda Buchanan, Mayor Darrell Mussatto, Barbara Pearce, and Heather Reinhold.)

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2016 Vancouver Urban Design Awards – Mid Main Park!

We are excited to announce Mid Main Park took home the award for Urban Elements in the 2016 Vancouver Urban Design awards!

“We recognized the following projects for their outstanding contribution to visionary thinking and design excellence.”

A big thank you to the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Equilibrium Consulting Ltd, Watanabe Engineering Ltd and Aplin & Martin Consultants Ltd in their efforts with Mid Main Park.

Congratulations to all the other winners!  What a great event, held every 2 years by the City of Vancouver, 2nd year running!

 

 

Presentation House Gallery Approved by City of North Vancouver

The new Presentation House Gallery building by Patkau Architects at the Foot of Lonsdale Quay has been approved by the City of North Vancouver – read more about it on CBC.ca.

That’s Hapas plaza design between the bridge with circles and the Gallery!

Movers & spacers: Winning landscape architects champion smart, fun public areas

Hapa is on the front page of the Arts and Life section of The Vancouver Sun this weekend.  The article highlights our project at Main and 18th in Vancouver, which received a 2014 Award of Excellence from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects.  Mid Main was one of only two projects from BC to win an award this year, the other by Richard Findlay also featured in the article.  We are very happy to share the accolades with Joe McLeod and Tiina Mack at the Vancouver Park Board, who shepherded the project to completion.

Mid Main has also been recently added to a couple blogs, ASLA Dirt and Landezine, featuring the excellent photography of Kristopher Grunert.