HoodHub

HoodHub

A reimagined neighborhood corner store that facilitates much more than simply groceries. Other than being a space for farmer sourced and zero waste groceries, it hosts a kitchen during off season to enable accessible food options. It is also a place for the community to hang-out in, have meetings, collective gardening, attend classes and events and much more!

School:

SFU

Department:

Department of Geography

Course:

GEOG 221

Instructors:

  • Leanne Roderick

City of Vancouver:

  • Andrew Pask

Student Team:

  • AIDEN WOO
  • AMIRUL ANIRBAN
  • CLAIRE HOWELL
  • GAFFAR ARYAN
  • GLORIA BIGIRWA
  • ISAAC HOYLAND
  • MIHAI ANECULAESEI
  • NAAMPREET KAUR
  • TOBY BALDUS

Strategy:

  • Van Plan

Summary

We were given the task of reimagining corner stores as a viable economic development project in the city of Vancouver. We visited many locations and chose the Telus Building on Victoria Drive to transform into HoodHub, in hopes of expanding our project to different neighborhoods gradually. Our project reimagined the building to be a core centre in the social development of Woodland neighborhood and help reconnection post pandemic.

During the warmer seasons, farmers from around the neighborhood as well as the countryside collaborate to provide accessible groceries in reusable bins to each house, available for pick up and delivery. During winter months, this vegetable market shifts to a kitchen where chefs from the neighborhood can make seasonal meals. HoodHub likes sustainability and hence aims to provide zero waste groceries and household items, refillable and reusable to the best of their ability.

Besides groceries, our corner store would be a centre for ‘care’ and ‘commerce’. It would be a space for adult classes, community gardening, pop up events and so much more. HoodHub also aims to provide employment opportunities for youth and a platform for small businesses and emerging entrepreneurs to expand their interests by interacting with a familiar audience. The hub is made for the neighborhood to change it however the neighborhood likes it to be.

We strive to create a safer, inclusive and diverse environment in all neighborhoods in metro-Vancouver and spark up discussion and encourage youth to take ownership of their actions and interests. HoodHub is a secure space for the same.

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