PAPAL MASS - 1984
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Planning & designing
the mass site for the 1984 visit of Pope John Paul II to Vancouver was one
of the most prestigious and unique projects ever undertaken by Daniel Kim &
Commissioned by the Archdiocese of
Vancouver, the design called for an area able to hold 500,000 attendees.
Originally planned to be held at Empire Stadium, early studies showed the
site to be too small. It was decided then to hold the mass at Abbotsford
Airport; a location suitably
Unlike ordinary projects, planning for the mass site required consultation and communication with many different levels of committees & church authorities. As well, interests of government authorities, the RCMP and media organizations had to be coordinated.
Even though the $1.8 million project will be dismantled shortly after it has been finished, Daniel says it is the most exciting project he’s ever worked on.
“You can design buildings any old time. But this, I will never get the chance to do this again.”
It took Daniel more than eight months to complete the plans for the papal mass site.
“You must have toilets, a security fence, ropes for the