Landscape Architecture + Urban Design + Planning + Master Planning + Mixed-Use + Parks + Open Space + Regenerative + Natural Systems + Urban Revitalization + Waterfronts

Southeast False Creek

Vancouver, British Columbia | 2005-2011

Southeast False Creek is Vancouver’s newest urban waterfront community, envisioned as the city’s first sustainable neighbourhood. It is a vibrant pilot project to test green infrastructure. This project was one of the first LEED® Platinum neighbourhoods in North America. The entire project totals 80 acres/32.5 hectares, and is built on one of the last industrial waterfront sites remaining in the inner city, providing a new neighbourhood for 12-16,000 people.

The parks and open space design includes a wide range of community-oriented recreational uses, ranging from passive park space to active uses such as inline skating, bicycling, and informal field sports. Innovative ecological and social initiatives are embedded throughout and include shoreline habitat, rewilding, stormwater management, village square, and common gathering places.

PWL’s collaborative scope included the Official Development Plan, Public and Private Realm Design Guidelines, implementation of the foreshore, waterfront, streets, and Hinge and Triangle parks.

Project Client
City of Vancouver, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
Project Collaborators
VIA Architecture, Stantec, Norm Hotson, Joyce Drohan, Envirowest Consultants Ltd., Tetra Tech, Golder Assoc.


LEED® Platinum Neighbourhood


2013 Urban Land Institute Open Space Award 

2010 United Nations Environment Program’s Livable Communities Best Built Project Award 

2010 Canadian Institute of Planners Planning Excellence Award 

2009 CSLA National Merit Award 

2009 Canadian Urban Institute Brownie Award 

2009 Waterfront Center Honor Award 

2006 Royal Architecture Institute of Canada Urban Design Award