Archive for the ‘design’ Category

Compulsive restaurant decor commentary

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

The receipt says October 21, 2013. I was at a local restaurant (which shall remain nameless) with two architect girlfriends. As I looked over the restaurant’s faux-Victorian, Yukon gold rush brothel decor (readers of this blog know is something that has been irking me for a while) I asked for their opinions. When they started to get pointed and hilarious I turned the recording app on my phone on. After …read more

More colonial craft

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Once you start seeing something, it’s suddenly everywhere  (and it doesn’t help that people keep sending me examples). After noticing that we seem culturally obsessed with our colonial settlement of this city/province/country/continent right now, and that this pioneer DIY craft style has spread as far afield as Brisbane and Berlin, based on what people have written me, I feel compelled to keep collecting it. But I promise this will all …read more

National Aboriginal Day – Wab Kinew’s “500 years in 2 minutes”

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Happy National Aboriginal Day everyone! Wab Kinew, always concise, does 500 years of ‘Canadian’ history in 2 minutes. “So what went wrong? It wasn’t always like this when we started down the path. When the settlers first arrived the natives welcomed them, and helped them out. It wasn’t like they showed up and the natives said “uh oh, there goes the neighbourhood.” And the relationship grew stronger—fashionable even. “Remember these? …read more

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