Monuments of the Future

Sep 29
6:00pm — 8:00pm
Urbanarium Event

Organized by: Urbanarium
Topics: Art, Culture, Heritage, History, Philosophy, Planning, Politics, Urbanism, Vancouver
This event is:

Admission Fee:
By Donation

Check event website for latest dates and times:

About the event

Earlier this year Heritage Vancouver and Urbanarium hosted a City Debate that asked, does erasing colonial markers inadvertently diminish the opportunities for current and future generations to remember and meaningfully confront our history? Or does removing the offensive markers enable a more productive dialogue? In that case, who decides which to remove, what happens to them, and what, if anything, replaces them?

The pro side of the motion to Remove Colonial Markers held 86% of the vote. Bill Yuen, Executive Director of Heritage Vancouver, reflects on the ideas around monuments and the debate in this Journal Entry.

In this Studio session we will look at the uses of space and manifestations of public memory. We will push beyond the thinking of memorialization as the installation of a physical monument and talk about it in terms of memory work. We will imagine and discuss different processes of memorialization and introduce ideas around meaning, the passage of time and succession.

Currently it is an incomplete, often inaccurate and harmful commemorative landscape. In that, many municipalities are looking at their commemoration policies as we speak. How can we rethink the way we design, maintain, and debate public representation? If everybody has power in the future, what’s the conversation process for a diverse public that has different perspectives and experiences on specific events, ideas, or persons that might be memorialized? What would a reorientation of the status quo of monuments be? 

In Reflecting Authority, Monument Lab Research Advisor Laurie Allen and Director Paul Farber write: “In the case of reckoning with and remediating our public sites of memory, we have reached a point that necessarily means participation must not be perfunctory or frivolous. We need processes and outcomes that grapple with the life cycles of historical memory, especially those that have shaped public spaces in inequitable and violent ways.”

This event aims to be a safe, welcoming, fun and meaningful open air gathering where participants will watch their ideas come to life live. Refreshments will be served. 

Studio Host

Bill Yuen

Special Guest

Tamara Bell

Music By

Niña Mendoza

Studio Illustrators

Kristen Elkow | Sam Khany | Neda Roohnia | Helena Benham | Jaldhi Gohil

About The Studio

The Urbanarium Studio is an urban design workshop place hosted by a collective of planners, designers and architects. This passionate cohort convenes groups and facilitates graphic discourse on city-making challenges through charrette-style live events. Participants watch their ideas come to life LIVE in a fun, interactive setting that aims to inform and entertain. 2020-2022 Studio sessions include: The Future of Work and the Future of Housing (UBC Master of Urban Design Alumni), Redesign Public Space (Vancouver Design Week and Vancouver Public Space Network), Public Washrooms (BC Housing and CityHive 2021), Black Youth Take on the Fourth Place (Ethọ́s Lab 2020), Everything You Want Is All Around You (Ethọ́s Lab 2021), The Connected City (Ethọ́s Lab 2022), False Creek Resilience and Sea-level Rise (Arts Umbrella Summer Architecture Intensive 2020), Air, Water and Land - A New Civic Space for Vancouver (Arts Umbrella Summer Architecture Intensive 2021), Seniors Housing: Building Ecologies (Arts Umbrella Summer Architecture Intensive 2022), Young Planners Assemble: Draw Your City! (City of Vancouver, Vancouver Plan), Splash Pads of the Future (Granville Island), Downtowns of the Future (DVBIA) and more. You can find outputs from the sessions on our instagram page.

For accessibility needs and questions please email or call 604-961-2536

Location: Granville Island

1411 Railspur Alley