Measured Visualizations for the Cambie Corridor

In 2010, the City of Vancouver proposed the Cambie Corridor Plan to guide land use, density and public realm change along the recently completed Canada Line rapid transit corridor.  To support the City’s public engagement process, elementslab partnered with City of Vancouver staff to develop a series of measured visualizations of proposed land uses, building types, densities and heights along the corridor to help staff, elected officials and the public better understand:

• what would proposed land uses and densities along the Cambie Corridor look like?
• would proposed land uses and densities in each sub-area support transit ridership?
• would proposed land uses and densities also support low carbon district heating systems?

From elementsdb cases, we built 3D models of anticipated land use intensification and density within 500m of 6 transit stations along the corridor.  Data extracted from these cases and models was used to measure selected attributes and benchmark them against Vancouver examples. The results demonstrated that the different land uses, densities and building heights proposed in sub-areas of the Plan would enable the corridor to grow into a chain of successful transit-oriented communities within a range of thermal energy densities conducive to low carbon community energy systems. These results demonstrated that the city’s sustainability targets could be achieved with a diverse palette of building types, including high- mid- and low-rise forms.  The 3-d models from which these measurements were derived became the building massing upon which a series of illustrative aerial and streetscape images were created

The Cambie Corridor Plan was adopted by Vancouver City Council in May 2011.