Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre – One of our projects got a visit from royalty last month! Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, paid the team at DEWC a visit and discussed with them the important issue affecting women in the local Vancouver community. Now that she is no longer under the burdens of royal protocol, she is spending even more time on charitable engagements! If are thinking of getting involved the Centre happily accepts donations and volunteer time; head over to their website to learn more.

Meghan Markle at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Shelter (Source: Victoria News)

The Crystal at Waterfront Square – Canadian commercial developer Cadillac Fairview has recently made design adjustments to their application to develop 555 West Cordova Street. They propose to add a 376-feet-tall, 26-storey tower to Waterfront Station, and christen it: The Crystal at Waterfront Square. Boasting 530,000 SF of office space, it would be one of the biggest office space additions to the downtown core. Construction could begin in late 2020. This development joins Cadillac Fairview’s impressive portfolio of upcoming projects, including the planned renovation of the former Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and the redevelopment of the Pacific Centre rotunda into a new retail pavilion.

The Crystal at Waterfront

The Crystal at Waterfront (Source: Daily Hive)

New world-class mall – Over the last few years, the Holborn Group (best known for Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver) have been quietly holding an international design competition that would envision a future redevelopment of the Hudson’s Bay parkade site in downtown Vancouver. Two different architectural concepts have emerged for this city-block from MAD Architects and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). Beijing-based MAD Architects includes Metro Vancouver’s new tallest building, surrounded by sizeable covered outdoor plazas, retail & restaurant frontage, a renewed pedestrian overpass as well as a new department store as the anchor tenant attraction of their indoor and outdoor shopping mall. On the other hand, OMA’s concept renders three towers emerging from the rooftop of a multi-level podium that includes gardens, pathways and a swimming pool. This potential project has been years in the making and this recent news shows it to be an ambitious one!

Architectural rendering comparison of the Hudson’s Bay future redevelopment (Source: Daily Hive)

Northeast False Creek – The municipal Northeast False Creek government have recently presented two preliminary design concepts for the Dunsmuir Connection (DC). The DC is a 750-metre-long elevated pedestrian walkway, cycling path and public space, creating a transitional bridge for the 15-metre elevation difference. It would replace the current Dunsmuir Viaduct with connections to bike lanes and the park, as well as views of False Creek, the mountains and skyline. This is the latest in the city’s consultation phase and part of the Northeast False Creek (NEFC) Plan that sets the long-term vision for the past remaining piece of large undeveloped land in the downtown area along False Creek.

Preliminary design concept of the Dunsmuir Connection

Preliminary design concept of the Dunsmuir Connection (Source: Daily Hive)

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