Visualizing the Viaducts - Submission #73
‘snakes & ladders’ - urban infrastructure
The viaducts are important to retain as a potent urban artifact in the unique morphology of Vancouver, rather than simply erasing them from our collective civic memory. Our concept is rooted in a very bold, yet simple, concept of ‘sleeving’ a simple skin of glass enclosure on both sides of the viaducts. As such, this transforms them into a luminous “green snake” building/infrastructure that preserves and rarifies this piece of ‘dead urbanism’, while using them as the bones for a new urban intervention comprised of commercial, entertainment, urban agriculture, energy harvesting, and non-auto transportation uses.