ParkLab responds to the evolving needs of a rapidly developing neighborhood by suggesting a phased, flexible park design that cultivates community connection within each stage of a co-design process.
Gooseneck Park creates an inclusive ecosystem of play for an increasingly dense and diverse population in Oakridge. The park forms facilitate participation in diverse forms of play, fostering a sense of community amongst park users and the ecology that is present on and invited to the site.
Mekw’ew’at Park is a biodiverse urban forest for intercultural exchange, healing and dialogue.
Urban Sanctuary creates an ecological oasis for the diverse population of Oakridge by breaking the physical boundaries of the park while responding to the context to stitch together the urban experience with nature.
Oakridge Park reflects the identities and narratives of the past and present Oakridge neighborhood, while piecing together and giving place for the future community to build their narratives through the principles of mosaic design.
Third Space Park facilitates community connectivity through gathering-focused, integrated, and inclusive space-making. In community building, a “third place” refers to a place of gathering outside of the first place, home, and the second place, work. The name Third Space reflects the intent – a “space” in which third place-making can occur through gathering over time.
Backyard Park aims to evoke the feelings associated with a backyard, such as a sense of comfort, safety, belonging, playfulness and familiarity. We aim to foster inclusivity by removing as many barriers as possible, and creating a place that is yours; a place that feels like home.
We interpret the idea of inclusivity as a mixture of diverse matter. Just like the fact that different rivers merge into the ocean, despite of their origins. The immigrants from other counties to Canada is just like the flow of rivers, and they bring their cultures, which as a result, creates diversity.
Inclusive design is accessible, adaptable and multifunctional, serving the needs of a diverse population. We predict that increased development and population density will result in declining green space ownership and equity of access to nature.
With the concept of inclusivity in mind, our design for Flow Park accommodates both current and future residents by serving as a respite from the urban environment and creates a synergy between city residents and the natural world.