HOW WE IMPACT COMMUNITIES
Dunefield creates spaces and places that build stronger communities. We put the voice of community front and centre to help cities transform based on shared values and goals.
Small, independent and culturally significant businesses are key to the fabric and experience of Vancouver’s Chinatown and Strathcona. We support community-minded entrepreneurs by repurposing underutilized Chinese society buildings and other not-for-profit properties for food and retail businesses.
FOOD SYSTEMS DESIGN
Together with D+FA and the Consulate General of the Netherlands, we hosted a provocative workshop, 2051: A Food Odyssey. Teams of food innovators, designers and entrepreneurs explored the forces of systems thinking and international collaboration to protect the future of food for British Columbia and the Netherlands.
REVITALIZATION DEN HELDER
This 19th century naval base in the Netherlands was revitalized and transformed into an integral part of the downtown core, leveraging the cultural and industrial heritage of the area. Historic buildings that played a key role in the city’s maritime history were repurposed into a theatre, library and museum.
NEWTON MURAL LANEWAY
We engaged with artists, residents and businesses to celebrate Newton’s diversity, creativity and entrepreneurship with a placemaking festival at Mural Laneway. This is the first step in a strategy to support youth, newcomers, women and others to pursue social and economic initiatives in the community.
THE FUTURE OF WORK
Drawing from our experience in Europe and Canada, we build economic strength by creating and programming inspiring spaces where entrepreneurs, innovators and makers are part of an ecosystem that helps them start new initiatives, find clients and collaborators, and grow their business.
SHAPE THE COURTYARD
This two-day event showed the possibilities for activation of the underused Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Courtyard in Vancouver Chinatown. In partnership with the Classical Chinese Garden, we gave local groups a platform to experiment with entrepreneurship, placemaking and cross-cultural learning.
JULIANADORP AT SEA
This family-friendly neighbourhood in the old Dutch town of Julianadorp was developed with 615 affordable homes, schools and sports facilities. A unique aspect is the flexible building concept that offers residents the opportunity to continuously adapt their homes according to changing lifestyles and age.
TOWN OF CANMORE
The picturesque Town of Canmore has among the highest housing costs in Alberta. We performed the development planning, economic analysis and community engagement for new affordable housing projects, providing homes for singles, young families, teachers, students and seniors.
Old IJmuiden was founded in 1876 at the mouth of the North Sea Canal, the Netherlands. Although strategically located, this district had lost some of its appeal and resilience over the years. The area was successfully revitalized with an attractive mix of uses, all celebrating its industrial, maritime and fishery heritage.
We hosted this symposium on sustainable area development together with Simon Fraser University, FSA and Parallel 52°. During a 2-day workshop, a group of 15 students assessed the sustainability of the UniverCity project in Metro Vancouver and compared it to developments in various European cities.
SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
Community centre IJsselmeerstraat in Den Helder, the Netherlands, is part of a wider neighbourhood revitalization plan and includes the development of two schools, sports facilities, child daycare, affordable rental housing and programs for children with special needs and disabilities.
BUSINESS PARK KOOYPUNT
Business Park Kooypunt is perfectly situated on the Dutch North Sea coast with easy access to major cities in the UK, Scandinavia and Germany. The development entails 320 acres of industrial park, new airport facilities and an inland port for industries active in the servicing of offshore wind energy parks.