Urban Design/Mixed-Use


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Using powerful, equitable and visionary tools to plan for the future of parks and recreation

Vancouver Parks Board engaged Design Workshop to complete the city’s first systemwide master plan in over 25 years. Players from coyotes to goalies sweat, bloom, gasp, sing and swim in Vancouver’s network of 3,100 acres of parkland, 28 kilometers of seawall and 175 neighborhood facilities. Engagement garnered over one million digital impressions in the first six months of the planning process. Informed by a suite of engagement and innovative analysis techniques, Design Workshop drafted a final plan that creates a framework for equity and welcome in the face of 100-year challenges that range from one meter of sea level rise, aging infrastructure and rising social inequality.

Services Provided: Master Planning, Community Engagement


  • Honor Award for Analysis and Planning, ASLA National
  • Honor Award for Communications, ASLA National
  • Honor Award in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, ASLA Colorado


City of Vancouver


Modus Planning, Design & Engagement, ETM Associates, Lees + Associates, HCMA Architecture, Urban Design 4 Health, Rand Corporation, University of Victoria–Dr. Val Schaefer, Applied Ecological Services, Urban Food Strategies