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Made in Italy: Piero Lissoni for Westbank

In the grand unveiling of the second building in the huge new Oakridge master-planned community, Westbank celebrated architect Piero Lissoni for his work on Palazzi Oakridge with a grand exhibition of Italian design, fashion, classic cars and food. Located at the beautiful Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel plaza in downtown Vancouver, the exhibition incorporated a fashion show featuring iconic Italian designers, including the latest from Armani, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana and Miu Miu. Guests noshed on Italian classics like gourmet pizza, arancini, risotto and pasta, and finished off with Italian espresso and gelato, while enjoying the displays of vintage Italian Ferraris and Maseratis. Live opera provided the soundtrack to this memorable tribute to a designer and an iconic new building.

Grand opening

On a typically variable sunny and cloudy spring day in North Vancouver, the Ebb & Flow presentation centre grand opening was a bustling affair. Packed with people excited to learn more about this new collection of townhomes soon to be built in the emerging Lion’s Gate Village, it’s steps from the Capilano River and a short hop to Park Royal Mall and Ambleside in West Vancouver. As participants devoured delicious ice cream provided onsite by Earnest Ice Cream, they were able to view a model of the site, as well as go through all the floorplans, before getting to check out the show suite featuring all the deluxe finishes offered in this building by a partnership of Woodbridge Homes, Citimark and Peterson.

Car-free days

Hop on your bike, the Skytrain, a skateboard or whatever moves you, and get on down to your nearest Car-Free Day event. The OG of car-free festivals happens on Commercial Drive on July 7, and features music, street food, shopping and about a zillion people, so get there early!

Walkability

Author of the esteemed books Walkable City: How downtown can save America one step at a time and Walkable City Rules, Jeff Speck is an award-winning author and designer who took the time to sit down with a diverse group of students, planners and designers on May 23 at UBC Robson Place as a part of the “Inspire Jericho” speaker series. He explained how walkability improves the environment and public health, as well as decreases the costs of transportation, because public roads and car infrastructure cost significantly more than public transit and improving walking and biking access. How we improve walkability, he says, is by reducing urban sprawl through transit-oriented planning, building mixed-use buildings, and making walking routes safe, comfortable, and interesting. It was his first time in Vancouver, and he referred to the walkability inherent in the planning of new neighbourhoods like Olympic Village and Wesbrook in UBC.

Market magic

Summertime is market time in Metro Vancouver. Take advantage of the bounty of the farmers, makers, bakers and brewers at these regular events
all over the region.

Saturday Farmers’ Markets:

  • Trout Lake (Henderson Park): 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Riley Park: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Abbotsford (downtown at Montrose Avenue and George Ferguson Way):9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Burnaby (Deer Lake Park): 9 a.m. -2 p.m.
  • Fort Langley: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Maple Ridge (Memorial Peace Park):9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • North Vancouver (Lonsdale Quay): 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Squamish (Cleveland and Victoria): 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • West End (1100 Comox Street): 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sunday Farmers’ Markets

  • Ambleside: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Coquitlam (Poirier and Winslow): 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Kitsilano (Kitsilano Community Centre): 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Mount Pleasant (Dude Chilling Park): 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • White Rock (15154 Russell Ave): 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Whistler (base of Blackcomb): 11am-4pm

Night Markets

  • Shipyard night market (Wallace Mews, North Vancouver): 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
  • Richmond night market (8351 River Rd): 7 p.m.-11 p.m.

Did you know?

Burnaby is set to become home to Canada’s tallest residential tower. Onni was given the approval to build 2 Gilmore Place, a 64-storey building near the Gilmore Skytrain station.

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