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Museum of Vancouver explores city's future

Urban planner hopes series will spark conversations about the city's future

January 24, 2016

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Urban planner Andrew Yan on the Museum of Vancouver's new show  4:34

A new exhibition is giving the public a chance to explore what Vancouver could look like in the future.

The exhibition, Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver, runs at the Museum of Vancouver until May 15.


The exhibit features more than 20 multimedia scenarios created by a group of local architects, urban planners and visionaries

"It's meant to invoke and provoke thoughts about how issues of density, affordability, public space and transportation might look like," said Andrew Yan, an urban planner involved in the project, which was created in partnership with the non-profit Vancouver Urbanarium Society,

Some of the envisioned scenarios include a model for 760-metre tall tower suggested for downtown Vancouver, and a post-disaster public transportation network. Yan said the project shifts the conversation from real estate to the state of the city.

"What I see in the future of Vancouver is a real deep discussion about densification but particularly densification for families with children," Yan said. "I think it's a discussion of a sustainable public transit system that is not only connected within the city of Vancouver but throughout the region."

Yan hopes the exhibit will provoke discussion from local residents. 

"What does the future look like? How should it look like? That's really the opportunity that this exhibition really hopes to facilitate. That these are not just statements and the end of the conversation, but just the beginning."

In the video above, Yan tells Our Vancouver host Gloria Macarenko what visitors can expect to see at the exhibition. 

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