Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

National Urban Design Awards — 2018 Recipient

More Awesome Now Laneway Activations
Vancouver,
BC
Award Category: 
National Urban Design Awards
Urban Fragments

Lead Firm: HCMA Architecture + Design

Completion: Alley-Oop (2016); Ackery’s Alley (2018)

Client: Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association

In a city where land value continues to rise, the More Awesome Now project creates public space by activating city laneways. Alley-Oop emphasizes play with bright colours, patios, and a basketball hoop. Ackery’s Alley, in the entertainment district, brings music and art to the street. It extends the red carpet and brass details of a nearby theatre into the laneway and features an art installation, mural, and paneling system that evokes a performance curtain.

Jury Comment(s): 

“This project is an innovative role model that highlights both the design ‘hardware’ and programming ‘software’ needed to activate spaces successfully. The two laneway transformations retain the necessary utility uses and activate the spaces to be shared by both pedestrians and drivers.  What makes these transformations hum with vitality is the addition of artful design elements. This compelling project shows us that with a sharing mindset single-use urban spaces can be vibrant social spaces.”

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Photo: Kim Bellavance

Photo: Kim Bellavance

Photo: Kim Bellavance

Photo: HCMA Architecture + Design

Photo: HCMA Architecture + Design

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