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

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If is a column that advocates for things that exist in other cities that could serve to improve or otherwise celebrate life in our own.

(via) An interiors company out of South Africa has designed a gorgeous rug based on the birds-eye gridscape of New York City. The beautiful thing by Shift Perspective measures 2m x 3m and is made of 100% wool in three different pile heights that give it a multi-dimensional feel (presumably not only by eye but also underfoot).

The carpet extends from the tip of the Manhattan island right up to the Central Park and includes parts of Brooklyn and New Jersey. Almost every street, park and bridge has been depicted within 3 different pile heights. The lowest pile features the blue water and black streets, with the medium pile height portraying grey buildings and green lawns. The highest pile portrays the dark green tree tops.

Only 25 of the rugs were made and they’re selling for R50,000 each, which translates to just over $5,000 Canadian — considerably cheaper than I thought they’d be. We’d much prefer it if the map depicted the streets and surrounds of Vancouver, including the feet of the North Shore mountains and the rest of the Lower Mainland. Here’s hoping they make more than 25!

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Vancouver (and the World) Would be Cooler If Our Housing Crisis Was Solved Via Video Games

There is nothing special about Vancouver's lack of affordable housing...but what is special about Dublin, Ireland’s housing crisis, is that it's the catalyst and subject matter of a new 16-bit "anti-landlordist" video game, called Mega Dreoilín.

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If We Had More Safe Indoor Spaces for Skateboarding

Its vaulted ceilings may have once carried the tenors and altos of Catholic choirboys, but nowadays the acoustics of the abandoned St. Liborius Church have been repurposed to carry the screeches and echoes characteristic of a DIY Skatepark. We think Vancouver would be cooler if we had an all-inclusive indoor community skatepark of our own...

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If It Had a Massive Floating Housing Project at the Port

Imagine a colourful, mixed-used, housing complex like Amsterdam's Silodam floating at the foot of Victoria Drive.

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If It Had Floating Camp Sites in False Creek

Imagine Belgium's Vlot Kamp - essentially eight floating campsites accessed from the shore by canoe - next to Olympic Village.