Vancouver Would Be Cooler If It Followed Berlin’s Lead on Marketing the Wearing of Masks

If our approach to encouraging mask use has been too gentle we might consider shocking people with a campaign like this.

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If It Gave $500 Restaurant Cards to Its Unemployed

Hawaii is giving out gift cards worth $500 to over 100,000 unemployed residents in a bid to save two birds with one stone.

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If Its Pizza Delivery Drivers Told Us Everything Was Going to Be OK

60-year old Vinnie's Pizzeria in Brooklyn must know that times are particularly stressful right now...

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If It Had Tokyo’s Incredible Lost and Found System

Your options for tracking down your lost items in Vancouver are very limited, but what if we had a different approach?

Vancouver Would Be Cooler if It Followed Florence’s Black Death Tradition of Wine Windows

Florentines had a cool architectural trick to keep socially distant while shopping for wine during times of plague...

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If It Followed Barcelona’s Lead and Seized Empty Homes

The Catalonian city has notified landlords that they will fill their empty apartments with tenants if they don't do it themselves.

How Prohibitive Zoning Laws Made Our Neighbourhoods Less Interesting

Small restaurants, cafes and shops deep within our residential neighbourhoods would be great. Too bad they're illegal.

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If It Had Some Garage Bars In Its Neighbourhood Laneways

The idea of the "Garage Bar" as a place to have an unlicensed sip with your friends and neighbours just feels right...

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If… It Had Kinetic Art Installations Shaped by the Wind

Thousands of tiles are moved by the wind, so that when it blows they flap in concert to reveal gusts and air currents in real time. 

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If…It Had a Food Delivery App That Wasn’t Exploitive

To food delivery apps, this virus hasn't been a crisis. It's been an opportunity. Local restaurants are already considering alternatives.

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If…Helicopters Kept Crowds Off Beaches During Pandemics

Police in Italy and Brazil are employing helicopters to clear beaches that have been closed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If…It Followed New York’s Lead and Allowed Take-Out Alcohol

To support its breweries, distilleries, wineries and restaurants, the city should allow people to order booze with their take-out.

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If More of Its Restaurants Had Lazy Susans

Why does a city that celebrates share plates and "family-style" dining have so few of these clever devices?

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If It Had Whistler’s Pangea Pod Hotel

After a recent stay at the new hotel in Whistler, we're scratching our heads as to why Vancouver doesn't have something similar yet.

What If Vancouver Followed Berlin’s Lead and Froze Rents for Five Years?

The rent-freeze starts in January and is retroactive to June, so landlords can't jack up the rent in one last frenzied orgy of greed.

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If It Didn’t Occasionally Scare the Living Daylights Out of Us

They could have used any old alarm to warn of fire or accident, but instead they chose the one that terrifies everyone everywhere.

We Want to Sleep in the Cockpit of a 747 Permanently Parked at YVR Airport

As much as we appreciate the luxury and convenience of the airport's Fairmont Hotel, it wouldn't hurt to give it some direct competition.

This City Is Making It Illegal for New Home Buyers to NOT Live In Their New Homes

There may be no silver bullet to fixing our housing crisis, but if there was a gun full of silver bullets, we'd definitely pull the trigger on this.

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If Its Restaurant Workers Had a Fully Licensed Member’s Clubhouse

If the annual fees were on a scale of accessibility so a dishwasher didn't have to pay as much as a server, this might work...

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If Its Mountains Had More Deciduous Trees…

A pair of thrill-seeking skiers turn Autumn in the Cantal forest of Southern France into their downhill playground.

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If Its Sunniest Blind Walls Had Scaffolded Gardens

The GreenBelly Project is a concept that would see boring, windowless urban walls producing all kinds of deliciousness.

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If Its People Could Explore a Gigantic Model of It

This massive architectural model of New York City got us thinking how cool it would be to see Vancouver similarly represented.

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If Its Demolished Buildings Were First Saved in Miniature

Our historical architecture isn't so valued that it can avoid the wrecking balls of development. But what if it could be saved in another way?

Imagining Public Baths in a Clean False Creek

If the Danish city of Aarhus can open public baths in their once filthy waterway, why can't we do something similar here?

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If it Had a Museum of Rocks That Look Like Faces

The museum is the only one of its kind, dedicated entirely to rocks that look like human faces. Surely we should have one of our own!

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If It Had This Art Project That Gave Out Free Hot Dogs

Austrian artist Erwin Wurm transformed an old VW bus into a bizarre, oddly obese food truck of sorts, and we want it for our sea wall.

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If it Had a Weird Village of Spherical Homes

Made of concrete strengthened with fibreglass and originally subsidized by the Dutch government, these futuristic homes from 1984 are awesome.

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If It Had a Massive Carpet Modelled On Its Streetscape

A South African furniture design company has made a 3m x 2m 'New York City Carpet' and we're a little covetous of it.