Ever been through this tube in Vancouver’s Olympic Village? http://ht.ly/A8ezi
Did you know it’s an old stormwater pipe from under the streets, and that the wetlands it is laid over are a part of an innovative-yet-simple system that uses plant life to clean the rainwater that pours into them from the streets of this neighbourhood instead of having the dirty, oily water going directly into the ocean like it does from EVERY OTHER STORM DRAIN in our city? Really. Everywhere else it goes from that oil leak under your car almost directly into the ocean. This structure is fun for kids and is quite something to look at but is really just a wayfinder for people looking to learn about the things that make our neighbourhood the best planned one in… in… well, the world if you ask the Urban Land Institute and other organizations who have lauded and awarded it over the years.