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.
We have launched a provocative series of conversations about the need for a more sustainable and equitable food future. In this dialogue, we question misconceptions about food systems, and discover how ‘frontrunners’ in different regions have challenged outdated paradigms and behaviours.
As part of the Tomorrow’s Chinatown program, we worked together with the community to create a first-of-its-kind Chinatown Cultural Plan. This plan acknowledges and advances that Calgary’s Chinatown is a neighbourhood like no other, with a culture that continues to be meaningful to the lives of its residents and all Calgarians.
REVITALIZATION DEN HELDER
The centre of City of Den Helder was revitalized, leveraging its cultural, maritime and industrial heritage. Historic sites were activated with culture, retail and creative industries. We spearheaded the real estate strategy and market feasibility analysis to lay the foundation for a public-private partnership.
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.
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.
VIENNA SOCIAL HOUSING
This exploratory research project studies the social-economic impacts of Vienna’s innovative social housing models. In particular, how these models are contributing to a more diverse society, inclusive of equity-seeking groups such as those with disabilities, immigrants, LGBTQ+ and racialized communities.
NEWTON MURAL LANEWAY
We engaged with artists, residents and businesses to celebrate Newton’s diversity, culture and entrepreneurship with a placemaking festival at Mural Laneway. The celebration offered youth, newcomers and women of mostly South Asian and Middle Eastern backgrounds a welcoming place to showcase their talents.
THE FUTURE OF INDUSTRY
Drawing from our experience in Europe and Canada, we create inspiring spaces for industry and manufacturing within our cities, 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 cultural activation of the underused Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Courtyard in Vancouver Chinatown. Together with the Classical Chinese Garden, we gave local groups a platform to experiment with cross-cultural learning, entrepreneurship and placemaking.
JULIANADORP AT SEA
This family-friendly neighbourhood in the 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 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 supported the planning, economic analysis and stakeholder engagement for new affordable housing projects, providing homes for singles, young families, teachers, students and seniors.
EUROPEAN INNOVATION CENTRE
Europe and Canada can progress much faster towards sustainability with the exchange of ideas, innovation and people. To propel this, we supported the activation and programming of an innovation centre in East Vancouver to introduce European approaches to circular economy, clean energy and climate resilience.
CULTURAL RESOURCE MAPPING
The Calgary Chinatown Cultural Resource Map is an online platform where community stories unfold and are pieced together to capture the cultural places, activities and legacies of this neighbourhood. Citizens are encouraged as cultural stewards to submit content and have agency in the shaping of the narrative.
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.
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, leveraging adjacent airport facilities and an inland port for industries servicing offshore wind energy parks.