Community Design

Community Design

The Community Design Studio (CDS) is an initiative within VIA Architecture focused on community-based projects — both rural and urban. Our work seeks to restore and reinvigorate communities through thoughtful, practical and cooperative solutions around food, mobility and open space. The CDS builds on our expertise in integrated design and community planning with smaller-scale, yet equally visionary projects that have not been traditionally taken on by architecture firms.

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  • Seattle Community Farm
  • St. John's Shaughnessy Anglican Church
  • Kinnear Park
  • This project’s challenge was to create weather shelters for a non-profit community farm, minimizing cost while creating opportunities for volunteer construction labor.
  • We utilized salvaged materials such as wood shipping palettes that could be bolted together using low-tech tools.  Our design highlights the texture and rhythm of wood and creates a place using borrowed history.
  • One of the few modern buildings on the City of Vancouver’s heritage inventory, the 1948 St. John’s Shaughnessy Anglican Church was in need of extensive repair and refurbishment.
  • Working with a volunteer committee of church members, we developed a multi-phased renovation plan for the church, its parish hall, and its cloister garden to be constructed as funding permitted. Our work included not only architectural design, but design of interior furnishings and textiles.
  • Friends of Lower Kinnear Park (FOLK) is a local community group of residents and businesses working together to restore Lower Kinnear Park as a healthy urban forest and scenic gathering spot.
  • We provided conceptual planning, graphics and public consultation services to help the public envision Kinnear Park as part of its greater context.
  • We also completed preliminary planning for the Uptown Loop – an urban trail linking Lower Kinnear Park to its nearby assets.