Bringing City Hall to the Streets

Courtesy of @CityofVancouver via Twitter

Courtesy of @CityofVancouver via Twitter

Sometimes it just isn’t convenient to get into City Hall during business hours to get information and participate in conversation about the place we live. The Engaged City initiative seeks to remedy that with Pop Up City Hall: modeled after Boston’s City Hall To Go program, this is the second of it’s kind in North America

The nomadic municipal office was created in part to address the Connections and Engagement report released by the Vancouver Foundation: this found that social isolation and loneliness is a very real problem for Vancouverites. Pop Up City Hall is placed at different locations throughout the city of Vancouver in order to offer easy access to services and interaction which may not be regularly available to residents.

We’re mobile and going out to meet people where they’re at and firstly inform them of what we can help them with to increase their accessibility with the City. Then we involve them in engaging with the city ... to make sure that their values and priorities work with what the City is doing.
— Lihwen Hsu, Engaged City Program Coordinator

Charging stations at the City Pavilion at the PNE, Aug 22-Sept 6

We were approached by the Engaged City Program Coordinator to create a bean bag toss game for Pop Up City Hall at the City Pavilion located at the PNE. They wanted to use that and other games to break the ice and draw people into the booth. The board was built from diverted wood and the bean bags were made from unused fabric from our salmon installation project.

The bean bag toss game will also be making an appearance at the Greenest City Block Party on August 27th from 4:00pm - 7:00pm at the Robson Redux located at the corner of Robson and Hornby. We hope you can stop by, enjoy the refreshments and play!

In addition, we were asked to design and build a set of three secure phone charging stations to entice people to interact at the colourful benches surrounding the Pavilion.

We’ve all been there: your phone doesn’t have enough charge to power you through a full day of taking photos, texting or tweeting. Luckily, these are available to any passersby at the PNE until September 6th!

To learn more about Pop Up City Hall check out the city’s overview here or visit the team at the City Pavilion August 29th and 30th from 11:00am - 11:00pm!

Take a peek at our Instagram post on #PopUpCityHall here (@uprootnow) on Aug 22, 2015 at 5:36pm PDT