[Another post from Sam visiting libraries and public spaces on tour—explanation here.]

I took a two mile walk in Vancouver, departing from my hotel in the city center. Looking at libraries and public space. Looking for ideas to improve the Uni. Here’s that I saw:

Center of town, public space, corporate pop tents for a festival. "Join the Conversation?"

The opposite of the Uni: watch TV in public space. What we put in the town square says everything about what we believe in. We can do better.

Nice trailer. The places we could go with books if the Uni had one.

History and culture exhibit on the street, holding its own with the passersby who largely ignored the advertising/marketing tents on the other side of the street.

Geological Survey of Canada Bookstore. Closed, but I like geology in a storefront.

Public library (closed) reflected in the window of liquor store (open).

Public Library, Main Branch

Retail embedded in library arcade. Placemaking effort.

Public Library, Main Branch

Library store.

Dramatic architecture but closed on Sunday mornings.

Waterfront development abounds: opportunities and challenges for public space

An exhibit about Occupy, under a bridge by the river.

Occupied.

Public Market

Thanks Vancouver.

We're getting a "new" name... Street Lab.

The Uni Project is the work of Street Lab, a nonprofit launched in 2006 in Boston, where we created community-oriented programs for public space. In 2011, we migrated Street Lab to New York City and launched the Uni Project. The Uni began as a single, portable reading room and has since grown into a city-wide initiative offering more than 700 days of pop-up programming in 150+ public spaces across the city. In 2019, we are re-introducing our original name Street Lab to tie all this work together going forward, with much more to come.

For now, details about our programs are available here on the Uni Project web site. Soon, that content will move to www.streetlab.org. Thanks for sticking with us!