Citizen City

Vancouver’s Henriquez Partners Challenges Architects to Engage in Partnerships that Advance Cultural Sustainability

By (author) Marya Cotten Gould, Gregory Henriquez & Robert Enright
Categories: Architecture: professional practice, Architecture, The Arts
Publisher: Simply Read Books
Paperback : 9781897476802, 344 pages, November 2016

Table of contents

Citizen City Table of Contents


Why This Book Now?

by Gregory Henriquez


What is Citizen City

by Marya Cotten Gould


by Marya Cotten Gould

I. Serving the Most Vulnerable

Helping a Church Survive and Support its Community

Central Presbyterian Church Redevelopment

A Poetic Transformation from Jail to Social Housing

250 Powell Street

A “First of its Kind in the World” Integrated Refugee Services Hub

Immigration Services Society of British Columbia’s Welcome House Centre

II. Promoting Culture & Creating Community

Saving a Cherished 100-Year-Old Community Theatre

York Theatre Revitalization

Carving out Space for Artists

6th & Fir Condominiums

Bringing Rental Density (and Controversy) to the West End

1401 Comox Street

III. Providing Thought Leadership

A Creative Step Towards Ending Street Homelessness

Stop Gap Housing

Wading into the Debate over Bike Lanes

A Passerelle for Vancouver

A Visionary Developer Sees Beyond LEED for Greater Sustainability

Creative Energy

An Affordable Home Ownership Experiment

60 West Cordova Street


Future of the Citizen City

by Marya Cotten Gould


Letter to the Young Architect and interview with Gregory Herniquez

by robert enright




“A thoughtful response to the call for shared social responsibility in our cities and how now, perhaps more than ever, the architect’s skills are needed to lead the conversation about how we will live and build in them. ”Spacing magazine

In this gorgeously designed book, Vancouver’s Henriquez Partners Architects challenges fellow architects to work to create a “citizen city”—a more vibrant, just, community-oriented city with affordable housing—that meets the needs of its most vulnerable members. It focuses on the latent potential of cross-sector partnerships among private developers, non-profits, and government to harness a portion of the wealth generated in the development process to achieve socially valuable urban planning goals. Featuring more than 100 full-colour photos, plans, and infographics, and 10 informative case studies, this book encourages architects to make meaningful change in their own communities.