Posts Tagged ‘demolition’

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.

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Video: the real story of 439 Powell Street, the Ming Sun building

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

This video, Behind the Walls of 439, corrects a great deal of the misinformation generated by the City of Vancouver. Good job by local television students.

Pretty heartbreaking.

“This is the story of the displacement of people with less power.”

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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 community reading and meeting room, all above an extensive cultural space rented out to an art collective called Instant Coffee.

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Goodbye Jericho Wharf

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

1976 Greenpeace launch at Jericho Beach Wharf, with seaplane hangars behind in the Moderne style

Goodbye to another old Vancouver landmark. While the loss of the wharf is sad, the greater loss actually happened about thirty years ago: the demolition of the old beachside military hangars behind the wharf.

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35th birthday of the UN Habitat Conference on Human Settlements in Vancouver

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Happy Birthday, Habitat!

Today marks Habitat’s 35th birthday. The UN Habitat Conference on Human Settlements took place in Vancouver from May 31- June 11, 1976. This anniversary also just happens to coincide with Vancouver’s 125th birthday in April 2011.

The UN department known as UN Habitat, which is responsible for issues relating to human settlements worldwide, was to some extent founded in Vancouver at this conference and its founding document is known to this day as The Vancouver Declaration.

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When bric-a-brac was part of a revolutionary politics

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Vancouver curator Scott Watson’s essay Urban Renewal: Ghost Traps, Collage, Condos and Squats is part of the impressive and totally compelling Vancouver Art in the Sixties website project. It’s a well-organized archive of Vancouver’s 1960s art production and it’s far too large a topic for one post.

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