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Urban Pasture 1.0

Urban Pasture is a city happiness project based on the notion that Vancouverites are nature-lovers. It is a romantic yet tangible project – it is simple in concept and affordable in construction; it is modest in scale, but infinite in possibilities. We propose to rethink the street amenity strip along the curb by blending bench and planter into one sculptural form.

URBAN PASTURE 1.0

Urban Pasture is a city happiness project based on the notion that Vancouverites are nature-lovers. It is a romantic yet tangible project – it is simple in concept and affordable in construction; it is modest in scale, but infinite in possibilities. We propose to rethink the street amenity strip along the curb by blending bench and planter into one sculptural form. By interweaving the infrastructure with flora and by applying subtle topographic changes to the surfaces, the installation will create possibilities for new social interactions and interpretations while softening the hostile edge of the curb.

The sculpted “pastureland” takes possession of street parking lanes through the introduction of a modular system of sculptured platforms. These modules are to contribute to the streetscape by serving as both bench and planter in their most unconventional sense, creating an urban detour wedged in between the concrete sidewalk and the asphalt roadway. Dimensioned to fit into a street parking stall (2.5 m x 5.5 m), each module is installed independently or joined together with other modules along the curb to create a customized living environment, extending the pedestrian right-of-way for both active (engaging) and passive (sojourning) activities.

The design is comprised of two interwoven elements: an undulating wooden platform made of 2×4 cedar lumbers, and infill landscaping materials running alongside the platform. Plant material will be made up of varying species of lavender, which is hardy, drought-tolerant, requires minimal maintenance, and is locally available in British Columbia. The combination of the geometric profile of the wooden structure and the irregular patches of floral infill will suggest various programs of urban play, creating opportunities for a wide array of discoveries and encounters.

Urban Pasture is installed on the 1000-block of Robson Square, abutting a narrow sidewalk section in front of Café Crêpe.

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Commissioned by: City of Vancouver
Project Team: Imu Chan, David O’Regan, Jane Vorbrodt
Engineered by: Fast + Epp
Fabricated by: GNW Scene Shop
Landscaping by: City of Vancouver Green Streets
Photographs by: Ray Sun Photography
Graphics and Text by: Imu Chan
Location: 1000 Block Robson Street, Vancouver BC
Completion: August 2012