22nd St reGENERATE Ideas Challenge
The City of New Westminster is committed to addressing the housing crisis and taking bold action on climate, including changing the way we plan for growth. The reGENERATE Ideas Challenge, which closed at the end of January 2024, was part of the City’s visioning process for the area around the 22nd Street Station.
Top comprehensive Idea (tied):
- “The Same Station in an Urban City,” by JIM Architecture
- “22nd Street Courtyard Community,” by Peter Williams
Top Local Community Idea:
Top Youth Idea:
Honorable mentions (by jury selection):
- “Sensory Park,” by Carter Canton
- “We are the Memory We Inhabit,” by Fiorella Pinillos, Natalia Botero, and Johanna Pabon
Community's Choice Award:
SUBMISSION AND SELECTION PROCESS
We received 82 submissions from diverse countries, including many submissions from youth and local community members. Submissions explored opportunities to:
- Create and expand spaces for public gathering, including green space with ecological and climate adaptation functions, as well as indoor gathering spaces where neighbours could connect, support each other’s wellbeing, and advance climate action
- Promote local renewable energy generation, such as through wind, solar, or even capturing kinetic energy along pathways
- Redevelop the station and its immediate surroundings into a mixed-use hub that could serve daily needs of residents
- Support a range of housing typologies, from high rise, to mixed-use low rise, courtyard orientations, townhouses, and multiplexes
- Support sustainable transportation modes by expanding bike and pedestrian infrastructure, or closing select roads to cars
Submissions were shortlisted, and reviewed by a diverse jury including a New Westminster high school student, a local representative from the Advisory Planning Commission, a climate planner from Metro Vancouver, an architect from Human Studio, a planner from Happy Cities, and a Coast Salish cultural advisor. The jury selected the winners for the Top Comprehensive Idea, Top Local Community Idea, Top Youth Idea, as well as the honourable mentions.
Community members voted on the shortlist of submissions to determine the Community's Choice Award.
The City will continue to learn from the ideas proposed in the full range of submissions, and will explore integrating key features from many of them into a draft vision for the neighbourhood. Several submissions also responded to truth and reconciliation value (a foundational value underpinning the vision process). These ideas, if integrated, would be brought to First Nations for their consideration and direction first.
Visit beheardnewwest.ca/22ndSt for more details on the ongoing visioning process.