|Vancouver Is Awesome is a proud sponsor of thisopenspace,
a full service pop-up production studio with a flagship storefront at 434 Columbia St., Chinatown.
It’s a pop-up ready space and an idea playground where they’ve hosted over 70 pop-up concepts since September 2012. Every time a new pop-up is about to launch @thisopenspace, you’ll catch a sneak peek here on V.I.A.!
Let’s face it, the traditional approach to health care is cold. You inevitably sit idly in sterile room with fluorescent lighting, dated magazines, and the awkward presences strangers. Even for the most outgoing, it’s hard to strike up conversation. Asking someone what they’re at the clinic for isn’t necessarily the most flattering start to a conversation (trust us, we’ve tried).
Moving the experience from the day-to-day playground of the medical community, #RTpopup comes into the space at 434 Columbia St. to connect with the public on respiratory health.
The brief pop-up will create an engaging space for the public and respiratory therapist behind our health care system to interact in an unexpected environment. The concept is simple. #RTpopup is moving the conversation out of the traditional clinic environment and bringing it to a more readily accessible public space. Bonus: they’re offering free sleep studies and breathing tests for anyone who visits the pop-up.
#RTpopup is open from 11AM-10PM on Monday, October 27 to Tuesday, October 28 only. Add it to your calendar from our Upcoming page.
We spent nine minutes (or 108 breaths to be exact) with #RTpopup founder and respiratory therapist Lily Cheung to find out more about what to expect from this unexpected pop-up:
@thisopenspace: Tell us how the idea for this pop-up come about.
Lily Cheung: As Respiratory Therapists, we take one week a year to focus on alternative ways to reconnect the profession with everyone we interact with: whether it be the community, other healthcare disciplines, or each other as therapists. It’s an opportunity for us to reflect on where we are as a discipline and how we can develop further in our practice. It’s the perfect time to connect with the community because it provides an opportunity for therapists to reach outside of a traditional hospital or clinic setting. It’s important to connect with the public on a platform where someone isn’t already pre-occupied with a sick loved one who may be getting treatment at the clinic or hospital. Plus, those environments tend to make us fall too much into our patient/therapist roles, which is not the balance we’re seeking for this event. The pop-up offers a neutral space to connect with one another. Plus, pop-ups are fun! Why can’t a health care event be fun too!