Archive for the ‘architecture’ Category

Turbo Architecture

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

This example of blobitecture is being proposed for Vancouver, apparently to be squeezed between two older buildings on the waterfront in the historic neighbourhood known as Gastown. There has been no public hearing regarding the building, so the public have taken to social media to express what seems to be more displeasure than pleasure. Celebrated former city director of Planning Ray Spaxman has spoken out against it, as have a …read more

Sophisticated sundial clock in Medellín, Colombia

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

A little hard to tell from these photos how beautiful this clock is. Depending on which side of noon you are, you view either one side or another. I believe noon hits (more or less) the circle in center. ON the top of the two black polls is a tiny mirror that depending on angle hits grooved lines from 1-12 that run horizontal on the curved walls. One of hundreds …read more

Ultra Ruin in Taiwan by Finnish architect Marco Casagrande

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

“Ultra-Ruin is a wooden architectural organism that is growing from the ruins of an abandoned red brick farmhouse in the meeting place of terraced farms and jungle. The weak architecture follows the principles of Open Form and is improvised on the site based on instincts reacting to the presence of jungle, ruin and local knowledge.” For more photos of Ultra Ruin see Marco’s post here. For my other posts on …read more

Vancouver Airport plans “luxury outlet” mall, bastard child of Disneyland and Bouncy Castle

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Trying to laugh instead of cry over the announcement by Vancouver airport of a kitsch faux-nineteenth century monstrosity of a “luxury outlet mall” next to our quite attractive, Pacific NW contemporary airport with its forest water features, stunning aquariums and significant First Nations art.

Update on the Ming Sun Building – low-income housing in Vancouver’s boomtown architecture threatened

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Orange Cars Powell, 1973, Photo reprinted by kind permission of Equinox Gallery and Fred Herzog. (Contact the gallery if you’re interested in purchasing one of this edition of 20.) The Ming Sun Building is still standing. So far. Please see the previous post on the building, written in December when its survival seemed even more precarious. The Restore 439 Powell group posted the above photo today. Thanks to eminent Vancouver …read more

Imminent demolition of 122 year old building in Vancouver’s old Japantown

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

The frantic festival of demolition continues in Vancouver, a city whose demolition rate is double that of Toronto’s. And Toronto is no paragon of heritage either. The City of Vancouver is attempting to force demolition of the 122 year-old building which belongs to the Ming Sun Benevolent Society. The building, on a significant block of Vancouver’s vanishing old Japantown, functioned as a clean well-run SRO with eight units and a …read more