THE 'TWEEN MARKET (2016), Westminster, Canada
As western Canada’s oldest city, New Westminster inherits a rich history, which is still relevant to its community. The people of the New West are proud of their communities and thrive in them, and many are supportive of the city’s vision to revitalize the New West downtown. However, as the city welcomes new-comers and developments to achieve its vision, we should remember that term of heritage here writes in a capital H.
The 'Tween Market is a people’s market space that focuses on connecting the new and the old of the city, specifically through build materialistic. New Westminster has already been carrying out policies that maintain the heritage buildings in the downtown region, specifically on Columbia Street, which is adjacent to the site of this project. These buildings give the street a particular appeal which marks the city’s unique identity. However, when new developments come into the city, their shiny modern stainless steel and glass overtake the city’s old town charm and become the spotlight-ed “new stars” of the city. On that note, I propose The ‘Tween Market to serve as a connection, a dialogue, between the old originals and the new innovations. Let the old teach the new the heritage of New West, and the new be acknowledged, and respect it. Moreover, I reckon that a good way to do so (especially beyond an architectural level) is through people, hence my decision of creating a marketplace – a place where people want to go to, to stay, and most importantly, enjoy it.