Visioning Paueru Gai: Public Spaces in the Powell Street Neighbourhood
Saturday, November 25 | 10am-4pm
Vancouver Buddhist Temple | 220 Jackson Ave.
Free community event
ASL, Japanese, Cantonese & Mandarin interpretation available.
Bringing together artists, urban planners, community organizers, architects, landscape architects, and members of the Japanese Canadian (JC), Indigenous, and Downtown Eastside communities, this event seeks to catalyze important conversations about memorialization in the historic JC neighbourhood of Paueru Gai (Powell Street area) – today known as the Downtown Eastside (DTES) on the unceded and occupied traditional territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples.
How can we commemorate Japanese Canadian history in the DTES? How can we develop approaches to memorialization to avoid building colonial monuments and to re-conceptualize what monuments, public art, and public amenities entail and who they serve? In what ways can memorialization advance equity and resilience? How can we build public-serving amenities in a neighbourhood that support the needs of marginalized communities rather than cause gentrification that further displaces them? What are the shared stories, messages, and visions across communities that a JC project in the public space could embody?
The outline for the day includes:
- Indigenous Opening and Welcome
- Circle of introductions
- Short presentations about what we mean by Public Space, examples of community-led and –serving design projects, and some work we’ve done so far
- Lunch break to socialize
- Break-out groups – to brainstorm and use art activities to facilitate sharing and collaboration and help move this work forward
- Sharing by break-out groups
We want to hear your ideas and stories, and hope that you will join us to share and listen with those who attend.