Earlier in the year, Proscenium invited local Designers to do a spring clean out of their closets and participate in a charity endeavour to benefit the WISH Drop-in Centre. We had an astounding response and 3 fully space planned car loads were taken down and delivered. 2013 was our 3rd year of the Spring Closet Clean Out Event, we hope to have many more. Keep an eye out for the Winter Collection email coming soon!
The following items are always needed at the WISH Drop-In Centre:
Underwear, socks, tights and pantyhose – Makeup and toiletries (new and used, or partially used) – Toothbrushes, toothpaste and mouthwash – Season-appropriate clothing – Coats, hats and gloves – Shoes and boots – Bedding and towels – Handbags, purses and shopping bags
We also WISH for:
Books and Magazines – Arts and crafts supplies – First Aid supplies – Bus tickets for participants – Funding for a participant phone line – Long distance cards for women to call home
Having worked with MEC on the design for the new head office since 2010 it is exciting for all of us to see it start to take shape. We are now into month 5 of construction and to quote Greg Piccini, the MEC Head Office is “rising like a lotus flower from the swamp.”
In March of the MEC North Vancouver store received a North Vancouver Urban Design Award. The key criteria under consideration for the award included the project’s response to its context at several scales: immediate, regional and global. At the local scale it was concerned with the work’s contribution and sensitivity to its immediate surroundings and the public realm. Regionally, the focus was on MEC North Vancouver’s capacity to enhance pedestrian and cycling infrastructure; as well as the sustainable integration of landscape, response to climate and selection of materials. Finally, universal questions of accessibility and safety evaluated MEC’s concern for the global community.
The new Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) store in North Vancouver has become a hub for local outdoor enthusiasts and a showcase for sustainable development, transforming this previously impermeable site into a node of vibrant commercial and recreational activity. The 22,000-square-foot retail store offers a wide selection of outdoor recreation clothing and gear including bicycles, snowsports and watersports gear, equipment rentals and a bicycle service shop, as well as a designated community meeting room. Besides its retail function, the facilities promote outdoor recreation and sustainable strategies. The new store enhances public access to parks and trails through the seamless integration between the development and park space.