A closer look at Townshift

Cloverdale residents get a closer look at the winning entries in Surrey's urban design contest

Cloverdale residents got a closer look at the winning entries in Surrey’s urban design contest, Townshift: Visions for Surrey, last night at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Trades and Technology campus.

The Nov. 18 event was the first in a series of evenings planned for five of Surrey’s town centres over the next three weeks.

Designers from 21 countries submitted 137 entries to the urban design contest, launched by the City of Surrey last year.

They were asked to envision what architecture and urban design could look like in Cloverdale, Fleetwood, Guildford, Semiahmoo and Newton town centres.

The aim was to attract fresh ideas to help shape a vision of growth for each of the town centres.

The winning entries were announced last February.

Now the city is embarking on the next phase, Now the project’s entered its second phase, generating public dialogue.

Each evening includes an open house with design panels for each town centre, where members of the public are able to meet the designers, take in a presentation by project co-organizer Trevor Boddy outlining key ideas for each centre, and offer suggestions, feedback or ask questions.

The Cloverdale event attracted a capacity crowd.

It’s Fleetwood’s turn next, Tuesday, Nov. 23 at the Surrey Sport and Leisure Complex from 6 to 9 p.m., followed by Guildford on Thursday Nov. 25, Semiahmoo Nov. 30 and Newton Dec. 2.

The first 50 people to arrive each night receive a 32-page booklet illustrating and interpreting selected TownShift ideas for that particular town centre.

Public feedback will be collected in a summary booklet to be published early next year.

For more information visit www.townshift.ca.

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