A sampling of Community Studio projects.

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DIMS_cemetery3Denman Island Green Cemetery Project Sheet

This project is led by the Denman Island Memorial Society (DIMS) who are seeking to establish and maintain a second burial ground for the residents of Denman Island, with a focus on green burial. DIMS asked Community Studio to assist in facilitating a community workshop to develop a design vision and conceptual design ideas for the cemetery.

Article about Denman Island Green Cemetery in the July/August 2011 issue of Canadian Geographic

Community Studio wins 2012 SEED Honorable Mention for Excellence in Public Interest Design for the Denman Island Green Cemetery project!  SEED poster

Copley Community Orchard

Community Studio has partnered with The Environmental Youth Alliance to work with community members in creating a new urban agriculture site on the former grounds of Richard Copley’s orchard in East Vancouver. Vacant for decades, the site will now be revitalized to reflect its historic use – proposed elements include an apple orchard, berry bushes and communal plots where neighbours can team up to take care of their own small perennial food systems.

Simon Fraser University – Toddler Play Yard (project sheet)

The SFU Childcare Society wanted to upgrade the play yard for one of their toddler programs (aged 12 months to 3 years). Community Studio worked with the Society to envision a new outdoor play space that would take advantage of the natural setting on Burnaby Mountain and engage the children through topography, water, sand and other materials.

West End Greenway

This greenway project is located along a pathway running from Denman st. between the Community Center and King George Secondary School.  The project was spear headed by a group of community members who asked Community Studio to assist in a public process and design development.

Alexander Blooming Boulevard (project sheet)

The Alexander Blooming Boulevard was developed in collaboration with a neighbourhood community group who sought to transform this troubled site with a range social and health issues typical of the city’s downtown east side, by turning it into a community resource that could encourage pro-social activity.

Safety for All Community (SFAC):Letter, Survey

North Shore Salvation Army Entrance (project sheet)

Community Studio assisted the North Shore Salvation Army with the design of a new entryway off of West 12th Street to connect to the lower level of their facility. Installed in spring 2011, the entry includes a new staircase, stepped seating for gathering and sitting outside (already in use!), informal boulder seating, and an inspirational quote by William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, on the wall.

communitygarden-1Cedar Cottage Garden

The Cedar Cottage Garden is a new community garden located on Translink skytrain land in East Vancouver.  Community Studio is assisting the gardeners with creating a design for a shared space next to their individual garden plots that will be a neighbourhood greenway.

franklin-1Franklin School (project sheet)

Community Studio assisted the Franklin School parents organization with the development of a long term vision for their local school yard. Together with the parents Community Studio developed design principles and then we facilitated a two-day charrette. Community Studio prepared base maps and precedent images and worked with groups of parents, teachers, administrators, neighbours and students to draw concepts for the site. We then synthesized a plan from the ideas that came out of the charrette. The illustrated concept plans have been used by the parents organization as a fund-raising tool, presented to the area school board, and displayed at community events.

bostonbar-1Boston Bar First Nation Interpretive Centre (project sheet)

Community Studio assisted a First Nations group in Boston Bar with the landscape design for a new Interpretive Centre. We worked with the Chief and Band Manager, and a UBC Plant Sciences graduate student, to create a plan with a focus on indigenous edible and medicinal plants, and that can be easily implemented by the community.

gibbysfieldpan2Gibby’s Field (project sheet)

Community Studio worked witha a group of citizens who successfully had a temporary development moratorium put on this three lot site, pending the creation of a community vision for its future.  Community Studio volunteers helped plan a neighbourhood picnic, and then a charrette to generate a community vision for the future of Gibby’s Field.  The charrette yielded a list of the most important social and ecological aspects of the site, and participants agreed to work toward the dedication of the site as a public park.

berwick-1Berwick Preschool

Staff of  Berwick preschool approached Community Studio to help envision improvements for the school’s playground.  We facilitated a visioning workshop that established guiding principles and goals, and then provided sketches and design ideas to help achieve these goals.

hastingpark-1Hastings Park (Project Sheet)

Community Studio representatives were asked to sit on the stakeholder committee for the Hastings Park Master Plan process in 2007 and again in 2009. Our role with the committee is to promote a sustainable design perspective.

macdonald_thumbnailMacdonald School (Project sheet)

In 2005 Community Studio  organized and facilitated an open house and a half-day design workshop for an initiative to redesign the Macdolald school playground.The concepts and issues that came out of the workshop were incorporated into an overall concept plan for the site. The greening committee is still active and is working towards this vision of their schoolyard incrementally as funds and resources allow.

windermere-1Windermere School (Project sheet)

The Windermere Environmental Club and the Environmental Youth Alliance teamed up to work on a greening project for the front of Windermere School and required help with the design of the space.  Community Studio went through a series of consultations with the school and the final design was installed in May of 2006.

ubcfarm-1UBC Farm Design Workshop
On November 22, 2008 the UBC Farm attracted approximately 200 community members, students, faculty and design professionals to a workshop to envision a future for the farm.  Community Studio partnered in organizing the workshop and volunteered as facilitators, drawers and experts.  Currently, we are assisting with compiling the results of the workshop and preparing a summary report.

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