October 10 – November 3, 2017
Birds in the 604 by Langara Design Formation and Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
Students from Langara’s Design Formation Program have partnered with Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation to launch Birds in the 604 at the Architecture Centre Gallery from October 10 – November 3, 2017.
The exhibit designed by second-year Design Formation Program students illustrates the central themes of the 2015 Vancouver Bird Strategy (PDF). The strategy, which is part of the city’s Greenest City Action Plan, aims to create conditions for native birds to thrive in Vancouver and identifies five action areas that address the challenges to creating a bird-friendly city. In 2014, the AIBC held the City of Vancouver Bird Friendly Design Exhibit.
“With the shared core value of education, this partnership with the City of Vancouver is a perfect fit,” said instructor, Peter Vysek. “The project allowed our students to apply their skills of exhibit design, while also shifting their perspective towards sustainability and the opportunity for positive outcomes for the community and environment.”
“We wanted to create an exhibit that was accessible to the public and educated them on the challenges of making Vancouver more bird-friendly,” added Vysek.
The Vancouver Bird Strategy aims to mitigate threats to the bird population through thoughtful building design, habitat improvement, and improved awareness of hazards initiated by human and pets. The display was constructed using a combination of strips of marine grade plywood, coroplast, plexiglass, and vinyl cut graphics.
“We now have a sophisticated series of panels that help describe in detail the various elements of the strategy. The work that the Langara students produced is a much bolder, graphic way to communicate some of the key messages. The sculptural elements are playful and accessible and should encourage greater interaction especially for children, a key audience to effect change in attitudes and behaviours,” said Alan Duncan, Environmental Planner with the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.
“The students brought a very fresh look at the strategy and were able to synthesize important directions into simple statements reinforced by dramatic visuals,” added Duncan. “In doing so, they created a very cohesive and professional display.”
About the Vancouver Bird Strategy
Comprehensive information about the City of Vancouver’s Bird Strategy can be found at http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/vancouver-bird-strategy.aspx
About Langara Design Formation
Langara Design Formation is a 2-year design program grounded in providing real world foundational design skills leading to positions in industry or further specialized studies. Graduates can be found at organizations such as local architecture firms, the Museum of Vancouver and Science World. We enrich and prepare students for further scholastic design pursuits at schools such as Emily Carr, Kwantlen, BCIT and UBC among others, where our graduates thrive.
About the 2014 Exhibit
City of Vancouver Bird Friendly Design Exhibit September 24 – November 6, 2014
Through a series of information and photo panels, this exhibit provides information on how architects and designers can incorporate bird friendly design into their projects.
Over 250 species of resident, migratory and over-wintering birds are regularly observed in the Vancouver region, but urbanization has had negative impacts on them. Based on the City of Vancouver’s Bird Friendly Strategy, the exhibit unveils the conditions required for native birds to thrive in Vancouver.
Bird well-being matters because birds bring Vancouver to life with their songs, colour and flight. Their high visibility and audibility also make them an important experiential link between people and local biodiversity. In addition, birds provide ecosystem services in the form of pest control, pollination and seed-dispersal. Through this exhibit, observers learned more about the Bird Friendly Design Guidelines, which are intended to be used by developers, planners, designers and landowners.