Granville Street to be transformed and "Upcycled" on July 13

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Think of this as a life-sized version of Minecraft or Lego! Prepare for an “all-out public hallucination” as this Saturday, July 13, students, artists, designers, makers, and the general public are invited to transform Granville Street using giant polystyrene blocks.

Working together over the last few months, teams of participants have designed and built prototypes using modular blocks of expanded polystyrene containing material salvaged from construction sites around the Lower Mainland by Mansonville Plastics. First, students from the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture created building block prototypes. Then, at a series of workshops in March and May, 2013, teams brainstormed, sketched, and modelled how to use these blocks for new public design ideas with the help of design experts from partner organizations.

The Big Build Event on Saturday, July 13: Teams will come together again to actually build their creations at an outdoor design/build spectacle on the 700 Block of Granville Street in Downtown Vancouver on July 13 from 10 am to 8 pm. Everyone is invited to help, critique, encourage the builders, and occupy their creations. Think of it as a combination workshop/street celebration/public art unveiling! After Saturday’s event, made possible by VIVA Vancouver‘s street closures, materials will be re-recycled for industrial use.

Upcycled Urbanism is a Museum of Vancouver initiatve in partnership with the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) at the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver Public Space Network, Maker Faire Vancouver, and Spacing Magazine, with generous additional support from SALA, Mansonville Plastics and the Vancouver Foundation.

Source: The Museum of Vancouver

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