Inspiration! (in progress...)

Key references...

Our proposal is unique, but not unprecedented. Check out these exemplary projects.

For comparison, Vancouver's Barge is bigger than these vessels - and sits grounded on the shore, not floating.

Floating Island (2005) by Robert Smithson & Nancy Holt

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Swale (2016 - ongoing) by Mary Mattingly

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Floating Island video

Swale video

Post-industrial Adaptive Reuse...

Industry creates large, heavy, single-function structures. When they're no longer useful, we can reimagine their purpose. The world is full of beautiful examples.

NYC's High Line began as a piece of heavy industrial infrastructure cutting through the city.

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The High Line after Adaptive Reuse: an elevated landscape.

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Seattle's Gasworks Park began as a defunct wasteland.

Image: Seattle Municipal Archives

Gasworks Park is now a popular and unique destination for locals and tourists alike.

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This concrete plant had fallen into disrepair when the Bronx River Alliance took on the revitalization project.

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Concrete Plant Park today - looking good!

Right across the Creek, The Granville Island Silos were once a barren wall of concrete. Removal was not an option.

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"Every city needs art, and art has to be in the middle of the people." Gustavo and Otávio Pandolfo were commissioned by the Vancouver Biennale to reimagine the structures as giant characters.

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The SS Howard L. Shaw was a Great Lakes freighter that operated from 1900-1969, after which it was sold to the Toronto Harbor.

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The design for Ontario Place (1971) was ambitious - a complex of artificial islands and steel-and-glass "pods" that appear to float above the lake. The site needed to be protected to make construction possible, so the designers found an ingenious solution: Three large freighters, including the Shaw, were sunk to create a permanent breakwater - with pedestrian access on top!

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Newspaper clippings...

Well before the launch of Operation Life Raft, people were thinking about potential for the Barge, and the downsides of demolition.

Vancouver Sun - 'The Barge' takes on a second life as a public art installation on social media

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Vancouver Is Awesome - 6 reasons why the English Bay barge should stay exactly where it is

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Vancouver Is Awesome- Marine biologist investigates what lives under the English Bay Barge

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CBC - Local government says it will turn to the courts to stop barge recycling business

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Keep it coming..!

We're already hearing a lot of inspirational feedback from all kinds of people.

Reference projects, articles, photographs, ideas. If you've got something perfect for this page, please send it our way. Thank you!


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