Wilson School of Design students collaborate on Innovation Centre charrette

Fri, Jan 30, 2015

Metro Vancouver, B.C.  –  Every designer needs a canvas.

Wilson School of Design students of Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) will hold a charrette at the university on Feb. 4 to explore their craft using the former Vancouver Police headquarters at 312 Main St. as their canvas.

The intense design session will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. at KPU Richmond and is part of the repurposing of the police station as a Technology and Social Innovation Centre. The Vancity Community Foundation is leading the process for securing sub-tenants as well as curating the space, managing the property and providing oversight.

Designers will be challenged to create a space, considering layout, flow, and differentiation between private and public areas that will eventually be used to house groups from clusters in social justice, environment, media, indigenous issues, technology and business incubation - all while keeping in mind the deep history of the building.

This charrette – an intense period of design or planning – will be led by fourth-year interior design students, giving them a chance to showcase their skills in design and leadership to the rest of the design community. The event will be held in the main open atrium.

The Vancity Community Foundation has been dedicated to creating positive change within the community by collaborating at the community level since 1989.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region since 1981, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts, science, design, health, trades and technology, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 19,000 students annually have a choice from over 124 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates citations and apprenticeships. Learn more at www.kpu.ca.


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