status: 2012 Competition entry
designer: Stéfan Levasseur, Jason Pfeifer, Erik Bean
Vancouver is a city without a central square, whose public space traces the shoreline and faces out toward the majestic views. Log Jam, an entry to the City's 2012 "Viva Vancouver" public space competition, draws familiar beach elements - Vancouver's ubiquitous logs, towels, and parasols - away from the edge in an attempt to refocus public attention to the city itself. This proposal occupies the 800 block of Robson Street which has recently been closed off for pedestrian use during the summer months. Replacing the downtown traffic jam, our "Log Jam" features a cluster of logs with strategically placed seats carved away and colourful powder coated steel ‘towels’ offering opportunities to lounge, sit and hangout. The multiple configurations make sure there is a spot for any size of group.