In this 1973 documentary short, Chairs for Lovers, directed by Barrie Howells for the National Film Board of Canada, Vancouver architect Stanley King demonstrates his method for involving the public in urban design. Called the “draw-in/design-in,” the method is applied to a downtown Vancouver area slated for redevelopment. How can it be made to best serve the needs of the people who will use it? Here, sketches prepared by students and refined by adults are used to guide city planners.
While this video is from a past generation, it contains a lot of insights, for the current — and future — urban design of downtown Vancouver.