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Rail~Volu)on 
2014 
Minneapolis/St. 
Paul, 
Minnesota 
Vancouver’s 
Millennium 
Line: 
A 
Love 
Story 
Alan 
Hart, 
AIA 
F...
Why 
do 
we 
design 
transit 
systems? 
For 
communiDes 
For 
people 
For 
real 
lives 
For 
lovers
Vancouver 
perspecDve 
The best 
freakin’ p l a c e !
Rethinking 
transit: 
Expo 
Line
Rethinking 
transit: 
Millennium 
Line
Rethinking 
transit: 
Millennium 
Line
Rethinking 
transit 
Expo 
Line 
Millennium 
Line
Rethinking 
transit 
Expo 
Line 
Millennium 
Line
Rethinking 
transit 
• As 
designers, 
how 
can 
we 
make 
transit 
part 
of 
a 
community? 
• How 
can 
we 
make 
transit...
How 
do 
you 
create 
a 
place 
to 
fall 
in 
love?
We 
recognized 
that 
the 
Grandview 
cut 
once 
divided 
Vancouver.
We 
asked 
the 
quesDon 
of 
how 
we 
could 
use 
it 
to 
unite 
Vancouver 
instead.
We 
spent 
months 
We 
heard: 
listening 
hard 
to 
the 
• a 
communiDes. 
We 
asked 
them 
what 
these 
places 
wanted 
t...
We 
kept 
the 
best 
of 
the 
Expo 
Line:
We 
asked: 
Do 
all 
staDons 
need 
to 
look 
the 
same? 
Elements 
of 
conDnuity 
to 
support 
wayfinding 
and 
system 
i...
We 
engaged 
arDsts 
to 
provide 
delight. 
We 
engaged 
young 
designers 
to 
challenge 
design 
assumpDons. 
And 
childr...
We 
chose 
materials 
that 
were 
fresh 
and 
unexpected: 
Wood 
to 
make 
the 
staDons 
expressive 
of 
the 
region, 
and...
Because 
of 
our 
depth 
of 
community 
engagement 
and 
consistency 
of 
vision, 
we 
completed 
the 
line 
from 
design ...
And 
then 
we 
let 
go. 
Because 
these 
places 
belong 
to 
the 
community.
How 
do 
we 
measure 
success? 
1. 
People 
get 
married 
at 
our 
transit 
staDons.
How 
do 
we 
measure 
success? 
2. 
People 
think 
of 
the 
SkyTrain 
in 
Super 
Mario 
style.
How 
do 
we 
measure 
success? 
3. 
People 
hold 
skateboard 
contests 
in 
our 
transit 
plazas.
How 
do 
we 
measure 
success? 
4. 
People 
find 
beauty 
in 
our 
transit 
staDons.
How 
do 
we 
measure 
success? 
5. 
So 
much 
so 
that 
they 
create 
art 
about 
them.
How 
do 
we 
measure 
success? 
6. 
And 
create 
birthday 
cakes 
shaped 
like 
trains.
In 
the 
end, 
it’s 
about 
everyday 
life. 
And 
love.
Thank 
you. 
Alan 
Hart, 
VIA 
Architecture 
ahart@via-­‐architecture.com 
27
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Your Transit Station: A Place to Fall in Love? by Alan Hart

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Your Transit Station: A Place to Fall in Love? AICP CM 1.5
There may be more than transit and riders connecting at your 21st-century station. Nowadays, being an efficient transit access point is not the only design challenge. Stations anchor place making and build communities. Your station has to create value and be a good neighbor. It has to be a place where someone could fall in love. Hear three transit romance stories: Minneapolis’s new Target Field Station features great public spaces and integrated development. Reconstruction of two rapid transit stations in Cleveland’s University Circle is turning “scary places” into vibrant urban spaces. The transformation of Pittsburgh's East Liberty BRT station anchors an impressive strategy to bring back a blighted former urban renewal district that's attracted Google and Whole Foods.
Moderator: Val J. Menotti, Planning Department Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, California
Peter David Cavaluzzi, FAIA, Principal, Perkins Eastman, New York, New York
Alan Hart, AIA, Founding Principal, VIA Architecture, Vancouver, British Colombia
Rebecca Schenck, Senior Project Development Specialist, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Your Transit Station: A Place to Fall in Love? by Alan Hart

  1. 1. Rail~Volu)on 2014 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota Vancouver’s Millennium Line: A Love Story Alan Hart, AIA Founding Principal, VIA Architecture Sea@le, San Francisco, Vancouver Footer
  2. 2. Why do we design transit systems? For communiDes For people For real lives For lovers
  3. 3. Vancouver perspecDve The best freakin’ p l a c e !
  4. 4. Rethinking transit: Expo Line
  5. 5. Rethinking transit: Millennium Line
  6. 6. Rethinking transit: Millennium Line
  7. 7. Rethinking transit Expo Line Millennium Line
  8. 8. Rethinking transit Expo Line Millennium Line
  9. 9. Rethinking transit • As designers, how can we make transit part of a community? • How can we make transit an extension of place? This goes beyond TOD, rezoning, and density discussions. It goes to the heart of a place.
  10. 10. How do you create a place to fall in love?
  11. 11. We recognized that the Grandview cut once divided Vancouver.
  12. 12. We asked the quesDon of how we could use it to unite Vancouver instead.
  13. 13. We spent months We heard: listening hard to the • a communiDes. We asked them what these places wanted to be. marketplace • open and transparent • safe and welcoming • a lookout • an extension of our homes • the heart of our neighborhood
  14. 14. We kept the best of the Expo Line:
  15. 15. We asked: Do all staDons need to look the same? Elements of conDnuity to support wayfinding and system idenDty Elements of disDncDon to support placemaking and staDon idenDty
  16. 16. We engaged arDsts to provide delight. We engaged young designers to challenge design assumpDons. And children to imagine how the fish would feel.
  17. 17. We chose materials that were fresh and unexpected: Wood to make the staDons expressive of the region, and to provide warmth Glass to make the staDons open, safe, transparent, and beacons of light
  18. 18. Because of our depth of community engagement and consistency of vision, we completed the line from design to operaDon in less than four years. And under budget. A frugal romance.
  19. 19. And then we let go. Because these places belong to the community.
  20. 20. How do we measure success? 1. People get married at our transit staDons.
  21. 21. How do we measure success? 2. People think of the SkyTrain in Super Mario style.
  22. 22. How do we measure success? 3. People hold skateboard contests in our transit plazas.
  23. 23. How do we measure success? 4. People find beauty in our transit staDons.
  24. 24. How do we measure success? 5. So much so that they create art about them.
  25. 25. How do we measure success? 6. And create birthday cakes shaped like trains.
  26. 26. In the end, it’s about everyday life. And love.
  27. 27. Thank you. Alan Hart, VIA Architecture ahart@via-­‐architecture.com 27

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