Archive for the ‘cringe list’ Category
From my friend Jonathan, who posted this Google Maps screenshot along with the assessment “No comment.” It would please me to blame this sudden proliferation of sports bars on the damn Vancouver 2010 Olympics. However, though I’m sure the Olympics didn’t help, the causes predate 2010. For starters we have the pricing out of non-corporate culture through the condo-ization of the city and related real estate speculation and astronomical commercial rents. …read more
This is a disaster. Vision Vancouver, are you really going to allow more speculative condo development to take out one of the last good mixed cultural venues in the city? For those who don’t know about Vancouver’s historic Waldorf Hotel, see its site or an article here . The hotel represents a key piece of built heritage, but it is also an important site of Vancouver cultural history. Famed acts have …read more
There is a particular type of contemporary design that I deeply despise but for which there is no terminology. About six years ago, out of frustration, I started calling it “contempo.” It is a deliberately cheesy term for a cheesy aesthetic, an aesthetic of dumbed-down, cutesy faux-modernism. The made-up word “contempo” somehow had the correct sound—the idiotic, faux-Italian, marketing-ish, self-conscious jauntiness that this style cried out for. It seemed the …read more
UPDATE: This disastrous, precedent-setting development was passed by our City Council, dominated by supposedly “green” Vision Vancouver, in a 9-1 vote. It was not sent back to design; only vague requests to the developer to make it smaller and less ugly were uttered. They mean nothing and have no weight; they were only meant to appease community rage. The only vote against was from Councillor Adriane Carr, the sole Green councillor on …read more
Please take a number and ponder how The Nutcracker—you remember, that’s the story of a seven-headed Mouse King and a kingdom of dolls who come magically alive, among other pagan details—is actually a Christian-run story secretly enacted by a Jesus-like white Santa Claus operating marionettes hung from gold crosses. Wanted to steal the tree to save it from further embarrassment.