Sea2City Design Challenge

Submission: July 13, 2021
Registration: June 15, 2021
Language: English
Location: Vancouver
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


We are launching the Sea2City Design Challenge (Sea2City) to help inform a framework and vision to guide urban development and ecological revitalization in the False Creek floodplain, a highly valued and constrained urban waterway in the heart of the city.

The design challenge will engage two multidisciplinary teams to work co-operatively with us and project partners to:

  • Explore coastal adaptation approaches that respond to the social equity, economic, and ecological challenges posed by sea level rise and coastal flooding
  • Investigate coastal adaptation approaches for sea level rise beyond one metre
  • Expand our toolbox of coastal flood management approaches
  • Increase public awareness of climate change and sea level rise

Public events and design teams

Sea2City will include a creative and interactive public engagement and communications program that will run from September 2021 to July 2022.

Selected design teams will participate in three rounds of public engagement and activities. Each round will include public learning and design events as well as advisory sessions and workshops with groups established for the project (Community Advisory Group, Technical Advisory Group, City Advisory Team). There will also be a youth engagement stream.

Design team tasks

Two participating design teams will be selected through a competitive application process to:

  • Provide comprehensive design package for a preferred conceptual coastal flood management approach for two sites in False Creek (Each design team will be responsible for two sites.)
  • Provide illustrative concepts showing where future coastal flood management approaches and/or structures could be developed along the currently unprotected portions of the False Creek shoreline
  • Participate in a one-day, inter-team design charrette at the conclusion of the Sea2City to apply lessons learned through the challenge process to a fifth site
  • Produce a final set of materials designed to inspire and inform the community and the city


The amount budgeted for the professional fees for Sea2City is between $175,000 and $225,000 per team. Total fees include all applicable taxes and expenses, including travel. The City of Vancouver will support non-monetary benefits through a project marketing and communications program, including a dedicated project website, dedicated social media accounts, and regular project press releases to major national and international media outlets.


Respondents can be either teams or individual firms. It is expected that teams will be led by a qualified and experienced landscape architect, urban designer, urban planner, engineer, or architect. The City encourages teams to include other relevant specialists. Teams should possess experience in successfully handling inclusive and complex design and planning processes, including experience in environmental planning, climate adaptation, designing for universal accessibility, ecological regeneration, social inclusivity, coastal planning, and livability in urban spaces. Teams must also demonstrate an in-depth understanding of climate change adaptation and approaches to achieving resilience. The City encourages collaboration between local, national and international professionals.


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