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 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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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.
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.