Marpole Grows: Communicating Development Scenarios
As part of an on-going research project conducted by UBC urban design professor Maged Senbel, students in SCARP’s Digital Video and Planning course prepared a few short films on development issues facing the south Vancouver neighborhood of Marpole. This particular film, created by An Minh Vu, Silas Archambault and myself seeks to engage the community in a conversation about how they would like to see Marpole address inevitable development pressures, brought about by a new Skytrain station, among other things.
It was originally screened at a community meeting where students from other classes, mostly design, presented their own projects. Among these was an impressive scale-model of the area around the new station, as well as a series of 3D computer models. After each viewing each demonstration, community members were quizzed about how well they felt the efforts of the students informed them about the potential Marpole had for growth, and more importantly, how well these films and models succeeded in encouraging citizen participation in the planning process.
Anyway, this is what our group did.