Students build giant blanket fort, music stage beneath Cambie Street Bridge
The Cambie Bridge Warming aims to showcase what can be done with underutilized public space
Just because it's cold and wet doesn't mean you can't have fun outdoors.
That's the message Sophia Larney and her 19 cohorts are spreading.
The university students organized a street festival beneath the Cambie street bridge on Friday, equipped with a book exchange, a musical patio jam space and even a giant blanket fort.
"We really wanted to take advantage of the cover that the bridge provides and activate a space that is normally underused," said Larney.
"These projects reimagine what could be in this space and what could be in other underused spaces around the city."
Cambie Bridge Warming
The event is called the Cambie Bridge Warming and is a culmination of a semester-long program at Simon Fraser University.
Students were tasked with developing installations that reflected growing needs in Vancouver. The City Gone Wild exhibit — a collection of gardens and plants — represents the importance of native and diverse plants to the city's greenspace.
The large blanket fort, equipped with warmers and hot beverages, illustrates the need for pop-up shelters as the city continues to grapple with its homelessness crisis.
Larney hopes similar installations will pop up in other underutilized spaces in the city.
"We think there's so much opportunity to have events like this in the city, if you take advantage of areas that are already covered."