Great cities are defined by great intersections; Locations that play host to significant historical events, define the culture of a neighbourhood, and are the meeting point for diverse groups of people. On view at Vancouver’s Waterfront Station through the Summer of 2013, Intersections invites seven Vancouver-based designers to explore seven essential locations throughout our city.

Kingsway & Fraser

“The intersection of Kingsways & Fraser is part of my neighbourhood, and watching it evolve has been inspiring. Recently it’s been given a renewed sense of creativity and community due to local individuals who have worked hard to make it into a place where people can connect. For my design, I worked off the shape of McAuley Park and interjected illustrative elements from the area. My hope is to have created something that reflects the intersections positive spirit and charming character. As the community around the intersection continues to grow and change, my hope is that it will remain a place that is playful, creative and inviting for all.”

Water & Carrall

To think of Water & Carrall is to conjure images of brick walls, vintage typography, Gassy Jack, ornate lamp-posts and red cobblestone streets—one the foremost fixtures of this historical part of town. The sharp, hard tap of shoes clicking against the hard surface is the first indication of having stepped into a time capsule, nostalgic of a period that’s preserved to help recall the roots of the city. This poster aims to evoke the feeling of walking through this spacious square in Vancouver’s signature weather, stepping over the wet, uneven cobblestones, through streets that are lit gently by the low-hanging lights.

Denman & Davie

“The intersection at Denman and Davie sits as a little island of colour amidst the backdrop of the more muted Pacific Northwest environment; a little gem in the city. Hence the “gem” graphic, which consists of colours that conjure up the era of architecture in the neighbourhood but also represent the intersection’s unique surroundings: palm trees, ocean, sand, sunsets and fireworks. The clean lines and geometric nature of the lettering were inspired by the fonts used to display the building names seen in so many of the apartment lobbies in the West End.”

4th & Vine

“We didn’t want to get too bogged down in meaning so we kept our approach simple. In the 1960’s Kitsilano attracted lots of hippies—it was an affordable place to live back then. Thanks to Scott McKenzie’s rendition of the song “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair), the name “flower child” became somewhat synonymous with the term “hippie”. Thus, we made our poster out of flowers.”

Broadway & Granville

“The focus for the Broadway & Granville poster was the prevalence of public transit found at the intersection. Six major bus routes converge on the intersection and the 99B-line along the Broadway corridor moves more people than any other transit route in North America. The layered, abstract photograph of the trolley cables creates visual texture in the background of the poster. The custom typography is reminiscent of the hand painted shop signs and storefront windows from the high society days of the neighbourhood.”

Main & Hastings

“Main & Hastings St intersection has a lot of history. Over time it has transitioned from being the heart of the city to the heart of the Downtown Eastside – now famously known for its poverty, crime, drug use and homelessness. Yet despite this, there is beauty to be found – the kindness of people, the architectural landscape and daily interactions. This poster uses a pigeon, a permanent resident at this intersection, as a metaphor for seeing beauty in the overlooked, forgotten and everyday. A symbol of hope for a neighbourhood in need of much love.”

SE Marine & Knight

“For a city that’s managed to escape the construction of large freeways, the intersection at SE Marine & Knight St is about as close as we get. Most of us are familiar with the intersection from routine trips to Ikea, and little more. Its oversized clover-leafs and reputation as the most dangerous intersection in Vancouver is hardly something to celebrate, yet it remains a critical through-fare, carrying people and products in and out of the city, and across the Lower Mainland.”