Archive for the ‘design’ Category

Post-mortem on the old Eaton’s building: an interview with Cesar Pelli

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The TD Bank building and Eaton’s building by Cesar Pelli, photo © Michael de Courcy, mid-1970s This is not a true post-mortem, since Cesar Pelli‘s 1973 Eaton’s building has not actually been demolished—and how rare it is to be able to say that in Vancouver, now one of North America’s capitals of demolition. However, the building might as well have been demolished because it has effectively disappeared. Pelli, one of the …read more

Ursula K. LeGuin: “We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings.”

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Reprinted from Parker Higgins of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who transcribed Le Guin’s speech: Ursula K. Le Guin was honored at the National Book Awards tonight and gave a fantastic speech about the dangers to literature and how they can be stopped. As far as I know it’s not available online yet (update: the video is now online), so I’ve transcribed it from the livestream below. The parts in parentheses …read more

Settler & pioneer “heritage hipster” styles in the age of Idle No More, Chinatown gentrification, &c.

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Men in British Columbia, 1859, one in a newly discovered collection of early photographs of white settlers and First Nations in B.C. Via Vancouver Sun © Royal British Columbia Museum, reprinted with permission An abridged version of this essay has been published in the May/June 2015 issue of Briarpatch Magazine. I am probably as bored of casual hipster-slagging as you are. In fact I may be as fed up with …read more

The “Non-Partisan” Association, Vancouver’s zombie political party

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

This post is for Vancouverites who are either new to the city or who are urban or civic politics nerds but may not be acquainted with the early historical roots of the local civic political party known—somewhat hilariously—as the Non Partisan Association (NPA). In power for many years, the NPA was recently all-but eliminated by a new developer-funded party, Vision Vancouver. However, lately the NPA seems to be attempting a …read more

The Hitler Youth haircut

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Google Hitler Youth haircut. When I did it, Google reported “About 50,300 results” for that phrase, and most of the hits were articles praising the contemporary version of the Hitler Youth undercut (or “curtained“) hairstyle. And many of its fans actually call it that with a blithe casualness: the Hitler Youth. Is this actually happening? The abrupt turn to the right in the 2014 European Parliament elections, including massive gains …read more

Navajo chief’s blanket ends up on Antiques Road Show (2004)

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

This is for those who haven’t seen this decade-old segment which for some reason has been making the social media rounds again. It is so nice to see a truly beautiful textile get this sort of attention (and from men too, which speaking as a textiles person rarely happens in North America, in contrast with other parts of the world). Of course it’s partly the Navajo chief connection and the …read more