Landscape Architecture + Urban Design + Planning

River District Neighbourhood

Vancouver, British Columbia | 2006-2010

The River District reimagines what was a large and remote brownfield site into an entirely new, sustainable community on the Fraser River. Plans are based on “new urbanist” principles to foster a pedestrian-focused mixed-use community. PWL Partnership was involved at nearly every stage, from large scale planning and rezoning to detailed urban design guidelines and implementation. 

It’s a massive endeavour that brings together multiple projects, stakeholders, clients and a range of services to create a neighbourhood that is not only highly marketable, but that also complies with complex civic approvals processes.

When complete this 128-acre/52-hectare community will be home to 10,000 people across multiple age groups, who will benefit from a district designed for connection and celebration. 

Project Client
Wesgroup Properties
Project Collaborators
James Cheng Architects, HCMA, Intercad Services, City of Vancouver


2008 CSLA National Honour Award 

2007 Canadian Urban Institute Brownie Award 

2007 Canadian Institute of Planners Planning Excellence Award 

2007 Smart Growth’s Smarty Award