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City has plans to re-do the awful north plaza of Vancouver Art Gallery

November 2nd, 2012 · 55 Comments

A recently tender on the city website is advertising for an architect/landscape architect team to pre-qualify for work on a re-design of the north plaza, to be done soon because of urgent need for re-waterproofing between the surface and the Vancouver Art Gallery vaults below.

Not a moment too soon, many will say. At the moment, the north plaza is covered with wood chips, which make it look like an unused horse-jumping ring.

The goal? To quote: ” The goal of the City is to create a plaza that reflects the needs and desires of the
public, respects its location at the historical entry to the Vancouver Art Gallery
building and its relationship to Robson Square. The urgency for the work is due to the
immediate need to excavate the NE portion of the plaza and renew the waterproofing
around the underground vaults of the Vancouver Art Gallery.”

This is not connected, by the way, to the activities the city is carrying on re the south side of the gallery or Robson Square, about whether it should stay closed and, if so, what should go in there.

You can read more here if you wish.

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