Vancouver, British Columbia
Photo Credit: Via Architecture
Initial Research by: Desiree Theriault
Edited by: Samantha Miller & Nicole Brekelmans
Case study compiled in 2017
Project: Vancouver Olympic Village
Type of Urban Strategy: Industrial Landscapes, Sustainable Design
Type of Project: Remediation / Sustainable Neighbourhood
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Date Designed/Planned: 2010
Construction Completed: 2014
Designer: VIA Architecture (Urban Planning), Arthur Erickson, and Walter Franci Architecture LTD
Vancouver’s Olympic Village, nestled within the City of Vancouver’s False Creek, has played a vital role in “shifting the city towards a more comprehensive approach to sustainability” (Westerhoff, 2016). In fact, according to the US Green Building Council (USGB), the project has been certified as “The most sustainable neighbourhood in the world’ (Glotman, 2016).
The 14-acre neighbourhood development project houses over 20 buildings that provided a home to over 2,100 athletes of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games (Glotman, 2016). At the end of the Olympics, the project received a new name of ‘The Village’ and contributed a new mixed-use community to the City of Vancouver. The project provides the communities with over 1,100 sustainable residential units, a community centre, community garden, public plaza, multiple schools and three child care centres (Glotman, 2016).
WHAT ARE THE CURRENT MARRIAGE TRENDS OF KOREAN-AMERICANS?
In the past, Korean-American men often flew back to Korea to meet the girl of his dreams. He would meet “the one” in Korea, date her for a bit, get married and then return to the US to live. However, many of those Korean women tended to have difficulties settling into their new lives. They experienced significant culture shock or faced obstacles when applying for jobs, among many other things. These things played a large role in the change in trends.
Nowadays, Korean-American men prefer to meet Korean women here in the US and often seek working wives to start a family with. Likewise, Korean-American women also often prefer Korean-American men because of similar educational and cultural backgrounds. Both Korean-American men and women want partners who are open-minded and whom they can hold a conversation with as equals. Furthermore, an increasing number of Korean-American couples marry within their age group.
Those that are looking for a second marriage often don’t have children, and even older people are optimistically searching for a potential partner.
WHY IS DUO USA NECESSARY IN THE US?
DUO USA exists for those that want to meet the “right” partner, but who can't seem to find one. Blind dates set up by acquaintances can be awkward, especially in a society where independence plays a significant role. Online dating sites may lure one in with glowing promises and graphics but ultimately leave most people disappointed. This is where DUO USA comes in. DUO USA treats all members like valued friends or family and ensures a safe and comfortable environment where members can openly discuss their needs and preferences with their own personal couple managers. DUO USA makes sure all potential matches are highly qualified and keeps all members’ information absolutely confidential.
Many members discover things about their personality and true self through DUO USA. In this age of instant gratification, people often forget that good things take time. Dating sites may provide quick results, but DUO USA can find you a lifetime partner.
WHAT IS DUO USA’S CURRENT PLACE IN THE US MARKET?
DUO USA was first established in the US in 1999 and has continuously garnered the trust and interest of Korean-Americans since then. As a result, DUO USA has proudly made itself widely known as a premier marriage service one can go to with complete confidence. With so many people living such busy lives, it’s often easier for people to get results from marriage services than from just randomly dating and hoping for success. Naturally, more and more people continue to come to DUO USA for a much better chance of meeting the right person. Accordingly, DUO USA is expanding not just to other states in the US, but to other regions around the world as well.
HOW MANY DUO USA MATCHES LEAD TO MARRIAGE?
There are too many to count! Approximately 45% of our members have found and married their match with DUO USA.
WHAT TYPES OF MEMBERSHIP PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE?
We have several membership programs with different terms and benefits. To get detailed membership information, call 213-383-2525 or text 213-537-5975.
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN I MEET DURING MY DUO USA MEMBERSHIP PERIOD?
It depends on the program you have. We generally guarantee at least 5 people to meet and if you do not meet the person you are looking for, we will increase the number during the membership period.
CAN I MEET PEOPLE IN KOREA THROUGH DUO USA?
HOW DO YOU CONFIRM DUO USA MEMBERS' BACKGROUND INFORMATION?
We are provided written documentation by all members. We then utilize a 3rd party for confirmation and verification of all the information provided. We also update the member’s information every 6 months.
WHAT IF I DO NOT MEET MY IDEAL PERSON DURING THE MEMBERSHIP PERIOD?
Usually, most of our members renew their plan and choose to continue with DUO USA until they meet their ideal person.
IS THERE A RISK OF PERSONAL INFORMATION BEING LEAKED?
All information and files are kept secured in our offices and on our servers. We will never share your information with any third parties.
WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE ENROLL IN DUO USA?
Our members are just like you, living their lives in the US or in Korea, busy with work and enjoying their lives and wishing not to waste their valuable time, money and energy. These are the people who become DUO USA members. Our couple managers provide detailed services and assistance to help them find the right person. Many of our DUO USA members are 1.5, 2nd or 3rd generation Korean-Americans and we have members all over the US.
WHAT MAKES DUO USA’S MATCHMAKING SERVICE WORK?
We work to find the best and most suitable candidates for our members. Based on verified information and other proven criteria, DUO USA’s couple managers keep sending members potential matches by email. When both parties show interest, their DUO couple manager coordinates the first actual meeting.