PLAYtheBLOX: Re-Imagine Downtown Vancouver

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in projects
PLAYtheBLOX: Re-Imagine Downtown Vancouver

The Vancouver Design Nerds are excited to have presented the second installment of our urban design game PLAYtheBLOX this past week at an event hosted by Re-Imagine Downtown Vancouver at SFU Woodward’s. First unveiled this Summer in conjunction with Strathcona BIA’s Meet the Maker’s Expo, PLAYtheBLOX was designed and developed by long-time nerds Mitra Mansour […]

PLAYtheBLOX: Strathcona

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in projects
PLAYtheBLOX: Strathcona

PLAYtheBLOX is an urban design game that was developed by Vancouver Design Nerds’ Mitra Mansour and Sarah Hay as a participatory design and civic engagement tool to foster dialogue and generate tangible ideas pertaining to changing neighbourhoods. It is rooted in the methodology that better public spaces are created through Placemaking as well as scalable […]

MOV Food Security in Cities

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in nerd jam, nerd news, projects, proposals
MOV Food Security in Cities

In February, the Design Nerds hosted a Jam with our long-time collaborators, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV). The subject was food security and the resiliency of cities to cope with the requirement of reducing carbon footprints while encouraging walkability and neighbourliness and community for residents that often find themselves isolated and disconnected from those living […]

Nest

Posted by on Sep 13, 2014 in projects
Nest

Nest By Kim Cooper & Marten Sims Creekside Community Centre Garden, False Creek Seawall, Vancouver, B.C. September to December, 2014 Nest showcases a unique blend from Vancouver’s rich Design, Arts, Engagement and Ecological sectors. It is designed to be both sculptural and functional: providing seawall pedestrians and neighbourhood residents with a beautifully crafted object; by […]

Design Jams: a Tool for Civic Engagement

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 in projects
Design Jams: a Tool for Civic Engagement

The Amateur Savant and the Wisdom of Crowds: Design Jams as a tool for civic engagement and urban creativity. Wicked Problems Many urban planning and design issues can be described in design parlance as ‘Wicked Problems’ (Rittel & Webber 1973): a problem that is difficult or impossible to solve because of ambiguous or changing requirements […]

Viva Collingwood O-Zone

Posted by on Sep 21, 2011 in nerd news, projects
Viva Collingwood O-Zone

A Viva Vancouver Project by The Collingwood Neighborhood House located at Joyce-Collingwood Skytrain east entrance, August 24th – September 4th, 2011 A festival plaza and public common constructed with free materials diverted from the recycling stream, and with a mission to divert the flow of people passing through the site by inviting them to step […]

Summer Spaces / Livable Laneways

Posted by on Jul 5, 2011 in projects
Summer Spaces / Livable Laneways

17 August 2011: SUCCESS! Paths to Plazas, a collaboration with Livable Laneways has now concluded with great success. Working on the activation and improvement of this “urban void” was a great experience and we look forward to work on future ventures related to the topic of urban improvement and community engagement. Thanks to Ocean for […]

REGENERATE

Posted by on May 5, 2011 in projects
REGENERATE

Regenerate Final Assembly Timelapse from Ben Z Cooper on Vimeo. REGENERATE is a public art project that brings progressive community groups together to collaborate on a sculpture made from recycled/re-used/repurposed materials and greenery. As a collaboration between eatART, Makerfaire, Gen Why and Vancouver Design Nerds the project envisions a large scale, text-based mural to spell […]

Strathcona Bike Racks

Posted by on Apr 18, 2011 in projects
Strathcona Bike Racks

The second of two design jams was held at Chapel Arts on April 15th. Thanks to Chapel Arts and to the Strathcona BIA for providing space and edibles. Refinement of the bike rack design concepts will be vetted with fabricators and with the Vancouver Engineering Department prior to finalization of design, fabrication and installation.

Urban Video

Posted by on Mar 3, 2011 in projects
Urban Video

Since 2005 the Nerds have been undertaking various public art and design projects, including large-scale, multi-channel video installation works. Specializing in site-specific video installations, we create work that integrates with the built environment and responds to social, historical and architectural contexts in a manner that is both playful and insightful. Our goal is encourage a more imaginative perception of the urban world.