The Royal Architecture Institute of Canada has a web-based documentary series called In-Context. This series explores what role urban design plays in addressing issues in Canada’s cities.
One of the video that has been making the round on social media recently is about the transformation of Whalley/Downtown Surrey.
Architect Bing Thom talks about the important role that the Surrey Central Library branch played in transforming Whalley. Not only was the branch a catalyst for transforming Whalley from a community on the decline, to an up and coming place to be, but the library also became the hub of the community. Libraries are really one of the only free, safe, and public indoor spaces where people can go.
As I mentioned earlier this week, local government can play an active role in transforming a community by investing in its future. This is what Surrey did when it invested in building its central library branch.