|still shot from Chairs For Lovers, NFB, directed by Barrie Howells|
|Stanley King, Bing Thom, Alan Bell, Nick Milkovich|
Monday, October 15, Stanley stepped back into his role as community facilitator for Robson Square after forty years! The City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Public Space Network hosted a screen day to look at the history of Robson Square. After this, there was a panel which included architects who were part of the original design team: Luminaries such as Bing Thom, Alan Bell, Nick Milkovich answered questions. These were three members of Arthur Erickson’s original Robson Square design team.
"The trio took turns reminiscing about some of the planning and design ideas that went into the original concept. Ideas that included:
- Closing the 800-block off to vehicle traffic
- A lively sub-grade area (where today’s ice rink and UBC are) that would feature retail and transit services along side government services
- A large reflective pool on the north end instead of fountain"
After the panel, the Co-Design Group got busy and clusters of citizens codesigned Robson Street and the North Plaza. For a codesign artist, like myself, it was amazing to take a felt pen and draw thoughts on this site again, understanding that it was codesigned forty years ago by young people when it was only a parking lot:
These young people are now in their fifties. But, that night, a new generation of young people animated the space they dreamed of forty years ago. We are recording their thoughts through feltpen and vellum. I will wait and see how the planners and architects and landscape architects will translate these thoughts into landscape, stone, concrete, glass.
Vancouver Public Space Network blogged about it here where you'll find a gallery of the codesign drawings.