HOW WE IMPACT COMMUNITIES
Dunefield creates the ideas, spaces and conditions for people-centred development that strengthens communities. We help capture people’s aspirations for a place and bind it with a solid plan, based on feasibility, gradual improvement and long-term prosperity.
Small, independent and culture-based businesses are key to the fabric and experience of Vancouver’s Chinatown and Strathcona. We support community-minded entrepreneurs by renovating underutilized Chinese society buildings for legacy and food businesses that are at risk of being displaced.
FOOD SYSTEMS DESIGN
Together with D+FA and the Consulate General of the Netherlands, we hosted a provocative workshop, 2051: A Food Odyssey. In diverse teams of food innovators, designers and entrepreneurs, we explored the forces of systems thinking and international collaboration to protect the future of food for British Columbia and the Netherlands.
REVITALIZATION DEN HELDER
This 19th century naval base was revitalized and transformed into an integral part of the downtown core, leveraging the cultural and industrial heritage of the area. Historic buildings that played a key role in the city’s maritime history were repurposed into a theatre, library and museum.
NEWTON ENTERPRISE HUB
We engaged the community in celebrating entrepreneurship with a placemaking festival at Newton’s Mural Laneway. This is the first step towards creating a community space and entrepreneurial hub in Newton Town Centre from where social-economic initiatives are build, supported and expanded.
THE FUTURE OF WORK
Drawing from our experience in Europe and Canada, we build economic strength by conceptualizing, creating and programming inspiring spaces where entrepreneurs, innovators and creators are part of an ecosystem that helps them start new initiatives, find clients and collaborators, and grow their business.
SHAPE THE COURTYARD
The two-day event showed the possibilities for activation of the underused courtyard, exemplified the richness of the neighbourhood and built good foundations for more permanent collaborations. The project gave local entrepreneurs the opportunity to test their business idea in a safe environment.
JULIANADORP AT SEA
This family-friendly neighbourhood next to the old town centre was developed with 615 affordable homes, schools, businesses and sports facilities. A unique aspect is the flexible building concept that offers residents the opportunity to continuously adapt their homes according to changing lifestyles and age.
TOWN OF CANMORE
The picturesque Town of Canmore has among the highest housing costs in Alberta. We performed the development planning, economic analysis and community engagement for new affordable housing projects, providing homes for singles, young families, teachers, students and seniors.
Old IJmuiden was founded in 1876 at the mouth of the North Sea Canal. Although strategically located, this district had lost some of its appeal and resilience over the years. The area was successfully revitalized with an attractive mix of uses, all celebrating its industrial, maritime and fishery heritage.
We hosted this symposium on sustainable area development together with Simon Fraser University, FSA and Parallel 52°. During a 2-day workshop, a group of 15 students assessed the sustainability of the UniverCity project in Metro Vancouver and compared it to developments in various European cities.
SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
Community centre IJsselmeerstraat in Den Helder, the Netherlands, is part of a wider neighbourhood revitalization plan and includes the development of two schools, sports facilities, child daycare, affordable rental housing and programs for children with special needs and disabilities.
BUSINESS PARK KOOYPUNT
Business Park Kooypunt is perfectly sited for the exploration of North Sea gas and oil reserves, and for the servicing of offshore wind parks. The development entail 320 acres of industrial park, new airport facilities and an inland port for industries active in the offshore exploitation of fossil and wind energy.