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Placemaking in a Pandemic – UBC CAPACity Design Challenge 2020

REGISTER by: November 23rd, 11:59 PM PST

πŸ‘‰ Register as an individual or team (max. 4):

COVID-19 has forced a re-evaluation of how we experience the world around us. Restrictions around accessing public spaces during the pandemic have limited our social connectivity, sense of belonging, and local identity. How can we utilize other means of connectivity to add value to public spaces? How might digital technologies foster new experiences?

UBC CAPACity is proud to announce our first design challenge in collaboration with Women Transforming Cities, ArtLink, and UBC Arts & Culture District.

In this design challenge, we invite you to create an inclusive and authentic experience that fosters social connections, uplifts the community, and can be delivered through digital means. How can we meet social, cultural, and environmental aims of our public spaces, while embracing the possibilities that digital placemaking offers?

πŸ‘‰ Click here for the full Participant’s Package:

The Theme

β€œHow can we use digital placemaking to reimagine and activate the Flagpole plaza site on UBC campus?

How might we create a digital place that…
…facilitates meaningful social connections?
…is welcoming for diverse populations?
…is culturally and artistically expressive?
…reflects the identity and stories of the space?

The Prizes

  • First Place:
    $1,000 in seed-funding to be used towards the implementation* of their project.  Support from CAPACity and our partners in bringing the project to life.  $300 valued prize from local/sustainable businesses. To be determined by the winning team.
  • Second Place:
    $200 valued prize from local/sustainable businesses. To be determined by the winning team.

*Please note the implementation of your project may be subject to the successful completion of relevant UBC permits and approvals such as a Street and Landscape Permit or an Outdoor Booking. The winning team will be connected to relevant UBC staff to support this process and to discuss their project.

βœ… Who’s eligible to participate?

We welcome all UBC students from all faculties and all year levels. Anyone who is interested in the topic is welcome to participate. Submissions by teams or by individuals from diverse majors and faculties are strongly encouraged.

If you are outside the UBC community and would like to participate, we’d love to have you on board too! Please send us an email at [] before registering so we can chat further.


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