Posts Tagged ‘downtown’

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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“We are all Canucks” until we riot, apparently. Then it’s the work of a “handful.”

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

“Hockey’s over-the-top fandom (and the same could be said for the Olympics) seems a frantic expression of what the post-modern metropolis and its high-rise ghettos lack and even deliberately negate — a human-scale community in which individuals feel purposeful and acknowledged.”

“In the absence of any shared collective progressive principles, the BC elite longed for a new solidarity forged from of this “fighting collectivity” of Canucks fans.

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“The murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums.”

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Above: db Bistro, now closed. Overrefined corporate decor, dreary and visually bleak. New York in the 80s?

“The murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums.” ~ Peter de Vries, 1977

Vancouver is overrun with restaurants blighted not just with notably bad art but also with a type of generic commercial decor that makes you want to throw cutlery.

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Application to the City of Vancouver to develop an abysmal chasm for purposes of facilitating public reverie

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

“Application to the City of Vancouver to develop an abysmal chasm for purposes of facilitating public reverie, contemplation and longing.” Makes me laugh every time I look at it. By my friend & Vancouver artist Aaron Carpenter.

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Interiors in the new Vancouver Convention Centre

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

The new convention centre, an entirely self-sustaining carbon neutral building, is more impressive than I predicted and is proof that environmental sustainability can actually coincide with beauty. That might not seem an unlikely pairing, but in this city things go wrong architecturally on a daily basis.

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The foghorns which used to seem so romantic

Monday, January 26th, 2009

This is the odd fog inversion Vancouver has been under for most of January. Anyone living close to the harbour is now seriously over the supposed charm of the foghorns, which blew approximately every forty seconds all night long, every night for weeks. Above are views of a few downtown buildings rising above the fog, taken from up in the mountains.

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