Tangential Vancouverism: Projects for Vancouver’s Urbanism explores the potential for new “urban extensions” to be tenably designed as vibrant constituents of city life in Vancouver. Read on »
Of the 36 cities in North America with populations over two million, Vancouver has the most days with measurable precipitation. It rains more of the time here, than anywhere else. While this moisture supports the magnificent fecundity of the city’s biota, it also suppresses the proliferation of an activated street-life. On days without rain Vancouver pulses with the energy that is to be expected of its exceptional density, however, the very same streets are comparably vacant when it’s raining. This most basic and banal fact, that of rain, is perhaps the single biggest variable of a vibrant and public urbanity here. Yet, architecture and urban form have done little in response. Instead of retreating to isolated, disjointed, and private interiors with perpetually soggy feet, how might a brave new Rain City Urbanism operate?