Among the winners at last night’s Re:CONNECT Awards – this one, No. 77, was honoured in the Visualizing the Viaducts category:
Viaducts gone! Let’s realize the dream of our anti-freeway heroes of yesterday with a bold new strategy of parks and public places. Showcasing history and sustainability, let’s reconnect eastside neighbourhoods and Downtown to False Creek with upper and lower green spaces, museums, monuments and elegant boulevards. Let’s repair urban rhythms without impacting traffic, with great improvements for nature, recreation, non-motorized movement, views and living. Why wait – let’s do this now!
Remarkably, it won both a judge’s honourable mention (there was no single winner) and the People’s Choice Award in this category. Even more remarkably, it was a dream team of local designers and consultants:
DIALOG: Norman Hotson, Principal Won Kang, Designer Gavin Schaefer, Designer Noreen Taylor, Graphic Designer
Beasley and Associates, Planning Inc.: Larry Beasley, C.M., Founding Principal
Jim Green & Associates: Jim Green, Principal Caroline Neufeld, Associate
PWL Partnership Landscape Architects: Margot Long, Principal Derek Lee, Principal JingJing Sun, Landscape Designer
Given the hourly charge-outs these guys could command, this design work may be the biggest bargain the City has ever had. The winners got a total of $750.