Coal Harbour, Vancouver

How can we engage our waterfront?

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What is this?

We want to look at spaces, places, architecture and design with fresh eyes – yours.

An essential question around the HCMA studios is: "What's Possible?" For a street? A community plan? A pool? A school? A...home page?

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  1. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Build underwater public spaces and ...
  2. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    a place to be able to dip your toes in without fear of falling in
  3. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    add some extensions into the sea, where people can sit surrounded by the water. Some can be glazed for the winter so as to allow for their use even in the rain. I'm thinking little glass cubicles with seating areas and happy colors :)
  4. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    interactive design
  5. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    boats
  6. How can we engage our waterfront?
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  7. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    create a pool within water, as seen here in Paris https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/jul/22/paris-queues-clean-canal-swimmers-villette-seine
  8. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    beach
  9. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    fun
  10. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    dip our toes
  11. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Water pedal bikes!
  12. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    More Pleasant Promenades
  13. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    add small business
  14. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    banana boats, and water tours
  15. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    we could put a big trampoline with a waterslide
  16. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    create bath/shower facilities for the homeless.
  17. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Water play spaces, gathering places, natural settings that inspire rest, relaxation and human connection
  18. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    tubes! in shapes!
  19. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    provide clean swimming access points
  20. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Clean up the water in False Creek
  21. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Make it safe! Make it warm!
  22. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Make it accessible to everyone, not just those with yachts.
  23. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Art pieces
  24. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Dive a lot
  25. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    By making the water clean from human waste that is pumped into it. I wouldn't be so keen to jump in the water like these kids are. Having a bunch of crap bike lanes doesn't actually produced "construction based pollution" didn't make us greener, but having clean water might.
  26. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    more amenities for derelict vessels at anchor
  27. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    hover bikes
  28. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Eliminate the current barriers to physically touching the water!
  29. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    more beaches
  30. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    create a floating park which constantly changes the view of the landscape.
  31. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    free entry "Piscinas das mares by Alvaro Siza" kind of natural pool
  32. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Create places that serve a variety of purposes - relaxation, contemplation, meeting, gathering
  33. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Cool design
  34. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Total wipeout
  35. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Social Space
  36. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    floating plant structures
  37. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Surf Park
  38. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    running trails
  39. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    surfing?
  40. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    kayak!
  41. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    stationery swimming structures
  42. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    gimme more parking
  43. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Food
  44. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    more public infrastructure!
  45. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    More moorage
  46. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    boardwalks
  47. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    more activites
  48. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Active uses
  49. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    needs an habitat island-like space like false creek has. it is magical. I go there all the time with my kids. Such a welcome respite to the urban edge of everything else.
  50. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    MAKE THIS REAL LIFE PLEASE
  51. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    sustain the environment
  52. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    clean water
  53. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    more activities, but first we need cleaner water quality
  54. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    interesting activities open area, photogenic
  55. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Water taxis connecting Stanley Park (east) with Coal Harbor, SeaBus Terminal (Van), Ft of Lonsdale (NV) and Harbourside (NV)
  56. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    make it biodiversified
  57. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    free
  58. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    planning policies
  59. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Keep the water clean
  60. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Add telescopes and details about the Mountains and surrounding sights for tourists...always overhear them wondering what something they are looking at is.
  61. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Cannonballs!
  62. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Catapults!
  63. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Water quality must be impeccable.
  64. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    More shaded places to make people comfortable and more accessibility. Ensuring people that they can be in a clean area although there are many harbours around.
  65. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    public art
  66. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    we can bungee jump
  67. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Carousel
  68. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Public Art, + public spaces, family oriented or all ages activities
  69. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    clean up the water
  70. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    warmer water
  71. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    rainbow slides... oversize inflatable swans..
  72. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    parking/transport/access
  73. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    by creating an outdoor hot tub swimming lagoon complex (similar to Brisbane's South Bank); thus, residents of Vancouver can enjoy the outdoors and the waterfront area year round...in the summer people can enjoy what you have depicted in this picture, and then warm up in the hot tubs, and in the winter, people can enjoy the hot tubs and beautiful waterfront views
  74. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    encourage social interaction
  75. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    cycle it !
  76. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    more swimming
  77. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    diversity of openness
  78. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    playfulness
  79. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    waterslides and jetpacks
  80. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    public access to all waterfront areas
  81. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    by cleaning it up
  82. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    design!
  83. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Less rules. Parks are a huge part of the culture in many cities globally.
  84. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    water cannons
  85. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    more public space
  86. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Clean outdoor pool
  87. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    More public access
  88. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Look at other waterfront cities, take their example. Move with purpose, don't take forever to make a change!
  89. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Playfullness
  90. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    More small shops/cafe's. Outdoor patio space/shaded area.
  91. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Sculptural buoys!
  92. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Swimming pool
  93. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    More functional public spaces
  94. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Provide recreational activities ie kayaks, row boats, paddle boats, etc. Create opportunities for fishing, swimming, etc.
  95. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    a balance of greenspace, residences, and commerce
  96. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    front to water
  97. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    dance
  98. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    many activities
  99. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    activities (kayak, paddle board rentals), music fests (jazz, etc), local produce markets, park and beach space with chair and umbrella rentals, cafes with patios
  100. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    jump in!
  101. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Make it more accesible
  102. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    water park
  103. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    politician dunk tank
  104. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    fish farms
  105. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    hydroponics
  106. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Slides
  107. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    More small business on the seawall
  108. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    dog pool
  109. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Monitoring water toxicity and maintaining a healthy aquatic environment for marine animals and people.
  110. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Coves and small inlets; not a hard line at the water's edge.
  111. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Kayak-friendly connections to dining!
  112. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    shaded areas
  113. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Create a transit galleria and great public plaza at Waterfront Station.
  114. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    more accessibility
  115. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    A segment of structural glass walled walkway that is recessed a few feet down into the ocean water at highest tides, and with some marine habitat visible underwater on each side.
  116. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    With respect to the cantilevered structural form shown on the website: not by doing that; too much public liability for any municipality to have a structure with fall hazard exposure like that.
  117. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Create blurry edges along seawall
  118. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    play area with sand
  119. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    an awesome water slide and a green space to lie down on your towels in the sun.
  120. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    a place for all to enjoy walking, biking, playing, visiting with friends
  121. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    By not being afraid to dip a toe in there
  122. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Ensure the water is clean.
  123. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    Give me a place where I can throw a line in the water and fish the way people used to years ago!
  124. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    transform our thinking as a waterfront city
  125. How can we engage our waterfront?
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    activate Coal Harbour for residents and tourists alike

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