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Hasting Locality

Sunny Kang, Tahsin Khan, Jasmin Maaghop, Maya Perez, Wendy Yuan
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This project, a transformation of the Hastings Urban Farm Flea Market in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada, aims to build a community that works to balance the extreme conditions that the world faces today. The design itself interlocks three scales: climate, poverty, and the global pandemic. Due to the increasing homeless population in the area of Downtown Eastside, there has been a large number of makeshift encampments that line the nearby streets and public parks. This has led to a steady incline of environmental and economic degradation of the surrounding site and community. To combat this, Hastings Locality is formulated to mesh the ideas of social housing and regenerative neighbourhood development. While adhering to the guidelines of the pandemic, the landscape of the site allocates public from private space through a large, celebrated pedestrian walkway occupied by street vendors and lined with greenery. The public realm is loosely fenced off by vertical planter pods. These pods act as a component of the greenspace while doubling as a residential seating area. Combining both hardscaping and softscaping, two perpendicular walkways act as a boundary between greenspace and housing. Made up of recycled shipping containers, these semi permanent and adaptable housing structures can be rapidly fabricated or redistributed to meet the demands of the site and the surrounding area. While continuing to preserve the original program of the site, the flea market was relocated to a larger space with added points of entry, allowing for an easier flow of pedestrian traffic. It consists of a bundle of “pavilions” that are weaved throughout the site and work directly with the community garden. Imagined as being operated by the residents of the site, both areas lend themselves to the surrounding community as spaces to create new opportunities. The main goal of this design project is to revamp an existing area within the community and transform it into a lively social and cultural hub, while facing the current global challenges of climate change, poverty, and a global pandemic. It focuses on creating a sustainable social housing environment that includes celebrated ephemeral structures, and community gardens that not only serve its inhabitants, but also the surrounding community of the Hastings Urban Farm Flea Market in British Columbia.

architecture, urban Design
homelessness, social housing, covid19
neighbourhood
Canada