Evoke DIALOG – Granville Island

Evoke DIALOG – Granville Island


In between these communities sat the dilapidated, ‘Industrial Island’. Popular opinion called for the levelling of the site’s factory spaces, while the City wanted greenery. Norm and Joost had a different idea entirely.

Evoke DIALOG - Granville Island (Joost Bakker)

They fought for a mixed-use community that would become the social heart of Vancouver.

Evoke DIALOG - Granville Island (Sketch)


  40 years later Granville Island is the 2nd most visited site in Canada. Its businesses, friendships and arts communities thrive. An iconic example of industrial to urban design, its reinvention has inspired regeneration projects the world over.

 Evoke DIALOG - Granville Island-facts

Evoke DIALOG - Granville Island (Today)

Granville Island will soon undergo its second redevelopment since its cultural transformation. As we excitedly anticipate its evolution, we pay homage to its rich past.

   Learn more about what Granville Island means to the community and meet its legendary architects, Norm Hotson and Joost Bakker.

Comments (1)

  1. vincent roy

    used to live in Vancouver (Commercial Drive); frequented Granville Island for our Fish of Friday meals; so I hoped on my bike and headed out there with my wife….rain or shine, that’s how we started our week-ends. There’s a ”je ne sais quoi” feeling at Granville Island that keeps on attracting people. I’d really like to participate in the rejuvenation of this memorable part of Vancouver….all the best; Martine & Vincent,

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