Project Urban Fabric was a unique piece of public art that welcomed in BC Land Summit guests from May 14-17, 2014 at the Sheraton Wall Centre Vancouver courtyard. This installation, created by the BCSLA Temporary Park Working Group, engaged people in who and what the BCSLA is and educated people on Landscape Architecture as a whole. The Group liaised with: PFS Studio, the landscape architecture firm that designed the existing plaza; the BC Land Summit Organizing Committee; and BCSLA Board of Directors. There was a lot of buzz via social media and on the street!
As the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects celebrated our 50 Year Anniversaryin 2014 as a professional society, we wanted to find ways to engage the public as an extension of our celebration and draw attention to what Landscape Architecture is. Our volunteers illustrated what we do by highlighting aspects of everyday life via colour:
1. Fuchsia – shows consideration of form/structure – expressed in the trees and poles
2. Blue – shows program and experience – we are always thinking about how people move through and use spaces – expressed in the paving (stairs), chairs, stage, playful lawn cubes, and planters
3. White – highlights ephemeral elements – light, contrast, water, texture, etc. – this is expressed in the lanterns, white tree lights, and new pole lights which illuminate the fabric
Project Urban Fabric demonstrated the importance, value and need for eccentric public spaces in cities.