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Revitalization City of Den HelderShaping the CourtyardJulianadorp at SeaTown of Canmore Nanaimo Old City QuarterFuture of WorkHealthy Schools and PlaygroundsBusiness Park Kooypunt
Community-Serving Retail

Increased development in Vancouver’s Chinatown and Strathcona neighbourhoods creates pressure on existing independent retail and small businesses. Rising land and rent prices – and the general scarcity of affordable commercial spaces – threaten their sustainability while new commercial functions cater mostly to a far more affluent demographic and are detached from the community's cultural heritage.

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In a partnership with the Strathcona BIA, YCC and City of Vancouver, we have taken the initiative to create community-serving retail and business in underutilized Chinese society buildings. The project aims to create opportunities for affordable retail and micro-enterprises that serve the community, strengthen the local culture, provide employment and improve the public realm.

Community-Serving Retail in Strathcona and Chinatown
Revitalization City of Den Helder

Den Helder is a community on the Dutch North Sea Coast. Here, a decommissioned 19th century naval base is transformed into an integral part of the existing downtown core. An important aspect of the project is to leverage the cultural heritage of the area. Older buildings that played a key role in the city’s naval and maritime history are repurposed as public amenities, housing and commercial spaces.

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Working for the City, we were responsible for the economic feasibility analysis of this ambitious project. The analysis was the foundation for public funding and the formation of a public-private partnership between the city, a large public housing corporation and real estate developers. We also lead the process of real estate and land assembly to ensure development potential in key locations.

Revitalization City of Den Helder
Shaping the Courtyard

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Courtyard between the Classical Chinese Garden and the Chinese Cultural Centre is an important and central space in Vancouver’s Chinatown. However, the courtyard is not exactly the most vibrant and lively place today, suffering from vandalism, crime and deterioration, boarded up facades, broken windows and graffiti, very little plant life and dark corners.

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To show what is possible with the courtyard, the Classical Chinese Garden and Dunefield organized a placemaking event on August 23-24, 2018. We activated the space with pop-up structures to create a safe environment where local designers, entrepreneurs, students, performers and place makers can experiment with entrepreneurship, creativity and cross-cultural learning.

Shaping the Courtyard - Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Julianadorp at Sea

Julianadorp at Sea is a growing seaside municipality in North Holland. Now counting 14,000 inhabitants, the community has ambitious plans for further urban growth and expansion of its recreational economy. The strategy is to make better use of the town's attractive setting at the coast and natural qualities. New family-friendly neighbourhoods are developed, starting with Julianadorp East.

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Julianadorp East is a development plan for 615 affordable dwellings, a public school, businesses and sports facilities. The project is directly adjacent to the oldest parts of Julianadorp at Sea, demanding a respectful approach. A unique selling point is the adaptable building concept that offers residents the opportunity to continuously adapt their homes according to their changing lifestyles.

Julianadorp at Sea Vancouver
Town of Canmore

The Town of Canmore finds itself surrounded by one of Canada’s most spectacular natural environments. It has a vibrant downtown and offers excellent housing in neighbourhoods that are safe and full of character. A less attractive aspect of Canmore is that for many people it has become increasingly unaffordable to buy or rent a home. Canmore has one of the highest housing costs in Alberta.

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At the request of Canmore Community Housing Corporation, we have developed the Business Plan for new affordable housing projects to create homes with purchase prices or rental rates considerably below market value. The developments will include a mix of market and non-market housing with quality architecture and public spaces that fit the neighbourhood character.

Town of Canmore
Old IJmuiden

Old IJmuiden is founded in 1876 at the mouth of the North Sea Canal. With such a strategic location, this district soon turned into a centre for North Sea fishery and maritime industry. Today however, it has lost some of its appeal. The city of IJmuiden teamed-up with housing associations and developers to turn the area into an attractive mix of residential, recreational and commercial functions.

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In the first phase of the project, nearly 300 homes are developed in Old IJmuiden. A lively and family-friendly area will arise in the centre, with large family houses, pedestrian-friendly designs and commercial and cultural functions. At the waterfront, architecturally distinct high-rises create a spectacular residential environment and spatial quality currently unknown to the region.

Old IJmuiden
City of Quesnel

The City of Quesnel is known as an attractive and affordable place to live. However, for some residents a safe and appropriate home is out of reach. More and better housing is needed for homeless people. There are waiting lists for those who cannot live independently. Also, for singles, single-parent households and seniors it is hard to find affordable homes in safe and attractive neighbourhoods.

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We have assisted the City in this challenge by developing an action-oriented Affordable Housing Strategy. The focus of this strategy is on building partnerships between the City and its stakeholders, such as BC Housing and housing and care providers. Our strategy defines priorities, introduces pragmatic solutions and builds public support for the development of new affordable housing options.

City of Quesnel
Nanaimo Old City Quarter

Dunefield has many years of experience in revitalizing underutilized and unattractive areas. One such project is located in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter for which we have performed the feasibility study, business planning and rezoning. New affordable housing options will be created for young couples, families with young children and active seniors, resulting in a more diverse neighbourhood.

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The future use of the site will be a good addition to the existing qualities of the Old City Quarter. The design complements the ground-oriented nature of the surroundings and includes a mix of residential and commercial spaces, compatible with the needs of the neighbourhood. The location’s proximity to the downtown core promotes walking and biking, reducing dependency on cars.

Nanaimo Old City Quarter
Food, Design and Production

Production and entrepreneurship are essential components for a resilient city. Yet, many cities struggle to provide appropriate spaces where productive, light industrial business can flourish. How can communities foster meaningful, value-adding employment that goes beyond retail and offices, and build micro-economies around food innovation, design, craftsmanship and more?

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We strongly believe that entrepreneurs, innovators and creators play a crucial role in addressing the future challenges of our cities. Drawing from experience in Europe and Canada, we build economic strength by conceptualizing and creating inspiring spaces where entrepreneurs are part of an ecosystem that helps them start new initiatives, find clients and collaborators, and grow their business.

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Healthy Schools and Playgrounds

Dunefield has worked closely with school boards and municipalities to realize new accommodations for education, sport and other community uses. An example is the multifunctional community centre IJsselmeerstraat in Den Helder, the Netherlands. This development is part of a neighbourhood revitalization program and entails two schools, sports clubs, child daycare and affordable rental housing.

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Other projects are the development of the primary school Poolster with child daycare in Den Helder and the Junior College and sport centre in Julianadorp, the Netherlands. We have contributed to these projects with feasibility studies, preparing agreements between school boards, developers and cities, negotiating land and real estate transactions, and managing the rezoning process.

School Amenities
Business Park Kooypunt

Business Park Kooypunt is perfectly sited for the exploration of North Sea gas and oil reserves, and for the servicing of offshore wind parks. The area is accessible by road, sea, inland waterways and air. The province of North Holland and the municipalities of Anna Paulowna and Den Helder are cooperating to further develop the business park into a regional economic centre.

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The plans for Business Park Kooypunt entail the development of 320 acres of industrial park, new facilities for the civil and military airports and an inland port for industries active in the offshore exploitation of fossil and wind energy. Phase 1 of the business park is successfully completed. The second phase is currently in development and phase 3 is in preparation.

Business Park Kooypunt