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We are thrilled to announce that the Foot of Lonsdale Plaza has won a 2019 National CSLA Award of Excellence. The North Vancouver site includes the mesmerizing water feature, whose serrated surface captures and reflects the mood of the sky above; and the Megabench, a three-meter-wide, fifty-meter-long twisted and undulating deck, formed to mimic ocean waves and encourages a diverse style of occupancy.

The team we worked with was incredible and we couldn’t have done it without them. A big thank you goes out to:

The City of North Vancouver
The Polygon Gallery
ISL
DMD & Associates
Kerr Wood Leidal
Vincent Helton & Associates
The Haebler Group
Patkau Architects
Houston Landscapes
Horizon Landscape Contractors
Coquitlam Ridge
BA Blacktop
Apex Granite

Post photo by Dragana Perusinovic

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On Monday, October 16th, Jordan, Joe, and myself flew to Montreal to attend the inaugural World Design Summit.

Montreal played host, as one of UNESCO’s world design cities. The summit kicked off with the signing of the first ever Design Declaration, signed by international organizations representing various design disciplines: interior, industrial, graphic, architecture, landscape, and urban design/planning.

Aside from soaking up all of the great shared knowledge from the diverse group of designers, we also had the opportunity to present some of our own work. Jordan presented his Masters’ thesis on engaging tourists at multiple shoreline ‘stations’ in British Columbia (under the Design for Nature category), which explored “dismantling the human/nature dichotomy”, bearing striking resemblance to Hapa’s PODS Project. I also presented my Masters’ thesis and a research paper on the role of Landscape Architects in Canada’s National Parks system, along with a projective future of the Trans Canada Highway as Canada’s Next National Park (under the Design for Extremes category). Lastly, Joe presented a case study of the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza as an argument for funding public space, in his talk titled “After the Designer’s Leave the Room” (under the Design for Transformation category).

In three words, the conference was: inspiring, invigorating, and interdisciplinary.

In three other word pairings, I noticed the most common threads (at least in the landscape architecture sections) were reconciliation & decolonization, participation & engagement, and collaboration & cross-disciplinary… All signs point to an incredibly rich and positive future for the profession.

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We’re pleased to announce that Rochester Park officially had a ribbon cutting on Tuesday afternoon. Located in the Maillairdville neighbourhood in Coquitlam, the playground has 3 programming zones that are comprised of an improved water play area, sand play area, new swings, climbing structures, a large tunnel slide, skate area, picnic areas and more. It was great to see a lot of the project team, family, friends and public attend the opening and enjoy the park. Thanks to the City of Coquitlam for inviting us!

Rochester Park | Coquitlam, BC - YouTube

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Earlier this month, Hapa held an annual summer social at Hillcrest & Riley Parks. To celebrate a year of hard work as well as 8 years of Hapa being in practice, Hapsters and family members (including Hapster alumni) enjoyed a game of California kickball. At sundown, the team switched gears to spectate the Canadians and Volcanoes game in the stands.

Here’s to many more successful years!

Many thanks to our Events Committee for organising and Jack and Louise for helping us capture the afternoon fun for those that were able to participate.

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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/

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As we reach the last week of June we are excited to preview and share the North Plaza at the Vancouver Art Gallery as it nears completion!

For those who have not yet taken a peek at the new plaza, please note the next opportunity to see the plaza will be exclusively during the upcoming Canada Day celebrations and the 4th Annual Thai Festival on the weekend of July 22-23. The plaza will be closed in between and after these events through the end of summer 2017.

Earlier this month we had the honour to test the new pavers, while simultaneously testing popsicle flavours supplied by Johnny’s Pops, as a big thank you to the hard working on-site Jacob Brothers Construction team.

Thank you to Ema Peter Photography for previewing her beautiful captures from Jazz Fest opening weekend. We look forward to sharing more as the plaza progresses and once it is fully complete!

The Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza redevelopment team is comprised of Nick Milkovich Architects, Matthew Soules Architecture, and Hapa Collaborative.

Learn more about the Plaza Redevelopment here: http://hapacobo.com/project/vancouver-art-gallery-north-plaza-redevelopment/

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We are thrilled to announce that the Foot of Lonsdale Plaza has won a 2019 National CSLA Award of Excellence. The North Vancouver site includes the mesmerizing water feature, whose serrated surface captures and reflects the mood of the sky above; and the Megabench, a three-meter-wide, fifty-meter-long twisted and undulating deck, formed to mimic ocean waves and encourages a diverse style of occupancy.

The team we worked with was incredible and we couldn’t have done it without them. A big thank you goes out to:

The City of North Vancouver
The Polygon Gallery
ISL
DMD & Associates
Kerr Wood Leidal
Vincent Helton & Associates
The Haebler Group
Patkau Architects
Houston Landscapes
Horizon Landscape Contractors
Coquitlam Ridge
BA Blacktop
Apex Granite

Post photo by Dragana Perusinovic

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