Artists’ Plan for False Creek Flats

The following text is taken from Front Magazine, vol. VII, no. 3, p. 11, January/February 1996:

A planning dialogue hosted by Hank Bull.

False Creek originally extended as far east as Clarke Drive. In the early part of this century, as Vancouver’s answer to the Panama Canal, the Grandview cut was excavated and the earth was used to fill this natural bio-region. After decades of railways, there is now a need to “re-imagine” the False Creek Flats. A number of creative proposals have been made for ecological and economically sustainable developments. There are also quite a few artists living around False Creek East, in “live-work studios” and elsewhere, many of whom contribute to community gardens, heritage restoration and future planning of the area.

This event is conceived as a “free idea zone”, an open ended opportunity to imagine what could be. Expect to encounter some utopian, futuristic and visionary proposals. What about a canal to Burrard inlet, a biosphere, or a complete return to wilderness? Models, artworks, video and slides will illustrate presentations by a range of architects, planners, students, community groups and artists. Songs, poems and stories will add colour to the proceedings. Refreshments will be served.

Participation by the following groups and individuals is now confirmed: Michael Turner, Janice Bowley, Chris Dikeakos, Wondertree, UBC School of Architecture, grunt gallery, False Creek South Access Committee, Brewery Creek Historical Society, Strathcona Neighbourhood Association, City of Vancouver, and the list goes on. The line-up is still coming together and is open to suggestions.