Adaptive Reuse is the field of discovering and creating value in things assumed to be useless.
An abandoned industrial shell often makes the best starting point. Doesn't that make sense? Anything made for industry tends to be heavy, large, and durable - yet originally designed for a single, specific purpose.
So the key is to imagine new uses. And this idea, of a landscape in a barge, is unique but not unprecedented. See Inspiration.
What makes our Barge project different? Mainly, it's much larger. Truly a forest ecosystem in a box - not just a few trees. Fortunately, our Barge sits on the land and doesn't need to float.
As with any large-scale public work of this kind, various stakeholders, public and private, including the City of Vancouver itself, must unite their intentions to move forward. Then, working out proposal(s) in detail will require collaboration from a diverse group of experts.
But first comes enthusiasm from the community. If you're on board to explore this idea, Sign & Share the petition here.