Dunsmuir Connection

Connecting Vancouver and activating public space

Dunsmuir map

The City of Vancouver plan for the future of the area Northeast False Creek. The city strategy involves demolition of the heavy vehicular infrastructures Dunsmuir and Georgia viaducts and replacing these with more user centric modes of pedestrian and cyclist connections.

  • North America, USA
    Public Spaces and Stations, Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridges
    2019 - In Progress
  • Client
    City of Vancouver
    Collaborators
    COWI / Henning Larsen
  • In 2019 Dissing+Weitling, together with COWI and Henning Larsen, worked on the conceptual design for this ambitious project, named The City of Vancouver’s Dunsmuir Connection Conceptual Design – a future elevated cycling and pedestrian path which is being compared to New York’s famous High Line.

    The team composed various designs, connecting bike lanes and park, including seating areas, lighting and landscaping, allowing for views of False Creek, the mountains and skyline. They are in-depth proposals for the overall mobility, urban planning, landscape architecture and engineering.

  • Vancouver downtown flickr credit Gary howe
    Photo credit: Gary howe, Flickr.
  • More than a bridge

    The new Dunsmuir Connection is expected to bridge the 15 meters elevation difference between Dunsmuir Street at the Stadium SkyTrain station and the new road network in False Creek. It will stitch together a diverse range of activity zones and neighbourhoods with a variety of programming imperative zones and neighbourhoods that offer a continually evolving experience for cyclists and pedestrians. As such, The Dunsmuir Connection is expected to become much more than a structure, help shape behaviours that will activate public space and enhance human mobility.

    A mention of the various designs to these concepts, created by COWI, Dissing+Weitling and Henning Larsen, can be seen here.

    Credit top photo: City of Vancouver.