The Future or False Creek

The Future of False Creek is a design study into the effects of climate change, sea level rise and changes in precipitation patterns, on Vancouver’s False Creek, its seawall and adjacent neighborhoods. As one of the premier urban waterfronts in North America, developing a spatial adaptation framework for False Creek will be paramount. This study sets out to identify the issues, assets and opportunities of False Creek in order to envision and discuss strategies for a resilient future..

In collaboration with LOLA Landscape Architects, the City of Vancouver, and Deltares, UBC CAL organized workshops with expert staff from the city, including the departments of engineering, parks, green infrastructure, and planning. The outcomes of these workshops provided the basis for a five guiding principles as well as the development of a possible future scenario for False Creek, one being The Hybrid Creek.

The proposal, entitled “The Hybrid Creek” presents an option that combines a range of adaptation tools to demonstrate how new social and ecological programs and possibilities can emerge in the False Creek area over time. The proposal illustrates how sea level rise adaptation can be coupled with new urban developments, creation of public spaces, and ecological revitalization. The process defined challenges for the study site as well as generated new questions, thinking and next steps towards implementing new forms of adaptation designs. The images and designs presented in this case study are for discussion purposes.


Dutch Creative Industries Fund

City of Vancouver



LOLA Landscape Architects


Pauline Moskal, UBC SALA, Master of Landscape Architecture

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