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The SFU Community Trust is participating in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s newest exhibition WE: Vancouver – 12 Manifestos for the City. Opening to the public tomorrow, this exhibit celebrates the innovation and diversity found in the city by bringing together more than 45 projects from various disciplines – architecture and design, art and visual culture, literature and activism.

SFU Community Trust’s Childcare Centre, currently being constructed to be one of the first buildings in Canada to meet the Living Building Challenge is included in the ACTIVATE manifesto, as an important example of integrated and sustainable building practices.

“We are thrilled to have been asked to participate in this thought-provoking exhibit,” says Gordon Harris, President and CEO of SFU Community Trust. “Many people and projects in the Vancouver region are playing a leading role in the creation of a truly engaged, livable, and sustainable city. SFU Community Trust and our project partners are proud to be a part of this exhibition.”
Hughes Condon Marler Architects (HCMA) have designed the Childcare Centre to meet the criteria of the Living Building Challenge, a demanding set of guidelines that requires the building to generate more energy annually than it uses, to recycle or collect more water than it consumes, to be built free of toxic materials, and to obtain the majority of its materials from within a 500-kilometre radius. Working with space2place landscape architects, HCMA have designed the project to offer a unique environment for the 50 three-to-five year olds who will occupy it.
The multi-media piece developed for this exhibit highlights the role this innovative project will play in educating children and fostering in them a sense of what it’s like to be good community members. Along with a model and a video describing the project, the exhibit will also feature one of three 500-kilogram, custom-built, willow and cedar huts built by Hornby Island artist Alastair Heseltine. At the completion of the exhibition the hut will be installed in the outdoor play area of the finished project.