Early in 2016, the federal government launched a planning initiative for stakeholders to reimagine what Vancouver BC’s iconic peninsula Granville Island could look like. The Granville Island 2040 Plan was a call to set a course for Granville Island’s future and to articulate its shape for the next 25 years.
Aimed to address potential for land use options, including the repurposing of Emily Carr University buildings and the potential expansion of the Public Market, the plan sought to advance the arts and cultural activity, attract new creative enterprise, and address issues of transportation, governance, and sustainability.
Happy City was brought on as a consulting partner for the Granville Island 2040 Plan. Charles Montgomery shared with stakeholder audiences the places where urban design, programming and human happiness intersect. Armed with goals and aspirations, participants were guided by Happy City in a fun and immersive stakeholder workshop to generate new ideas to grow a healthier, happier Granville Island, with the goals and measures reported to inform further charettes and engagement exercises.