The Ticket: Your Future Home at the Museum of Vancouver

Take a glimpse into the future of our city at Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver exhibit

January 19, 2016

By Eliot Escalona

Do you remember when you looked towards downtown and could still count all of the construction cranes on one hand? Those days are over, of course, and Vancouver’s recent history has been dominated by a whirlwind of growth that hasn’t given many a chance to stop and think about what it could become. This year, from January 21 through May 15, the Museum of Vancouver, in association with the Vancouver Urbanarium Society, is displaying what the city’s leading architects, urban planners, and visionaries think Vancouver could evolve into one day.

Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver wants to make visitors stop and envision what they want their city to look like in the future. Bruce Haden, a prize-winning architect and co-curator of the exhibit, believes we can still shape Vancouver into one we all enjoy. “Cities are amazing organisms, that will grow and survive and change,” he says. “But how do we make this city a place that we all want to live in?”

With an array of proposals including the creation of portable green spaces to nightmarish ideas of buying air rights above single family homes and suspending apartment buildings on top, the exhibit tries to answer that question from a variety of perspectives. It also features six curated debates that will bring those perspectives into conflict with each other. The second, moderated by Tyee founder David Beers, will ask whether it’s time for the city to build fewer towers, and whether the profusion of them is good or bad for the city’s livability and green aspirations. It takes place on February 3 at UBC Robson Square, and information about tickets will be released shortly.

But even if you miss that debate, you should still check out the exhibit that informs it and the debates that follow. Check out Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver for a glimpse into our possible fate.

When: January 21, 2016 – May 15, 2016

Adult Admission: $15
Student/Youth: $11
Child: $5
Tickets: Museumofvancouver.ca

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