Posts Tagged ‘modernism’

“Coast Modern” – film screenings in Vancouver this week

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

This film has been very difficult to see, consistently selling out (I saw scalpers at the last showing). The Vancouver International Film Fest is hosting this new set of screenings, based on the popular demand. Tickets are selling quickly so if you want to go, buy now. This film needs to be seen on the big screen. Its comprehensive footage of beautiful westcoast modernist architecture was shot in HD and is …read more

Architect Ron Thom’s Boyd House is for sale

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

These photos of Ron Thom’s Boyd House are from the blog Architecture Wanted which provides a good introduction to this house. Also see a great post by Cam McLellan on his Vancouver Lights blog and an article in Western Living by the house’s current owner, Kerry McPhedran. I can’t improve on what these three have already written about this excellent building. For those who don’t know, Ron Thom was one of Vancouver’s pre-eminent …read more

Perfect chair

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

When humans apply this much care to designing things, it makes me almost teary. This chair is a life-raft on a tidal wave of mass-produced cynicism. The person who made this chair was doing something so careful it’s almost spiritual. The designer is German architect Hans Luckhardt (1890-1954), well known for designing steel tube chairs in the 1920s and 30s. He (along with his brother Wassili) was at one time a …read more

Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Photography is only minimally allowed at Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter house in Arizona, Taliesin West, so most of these photographs are only exterior shots. I confess I’ve always been less impressed by FLW’s work that most are, so this post is not in praise of FLW or Taliesin West. I visited the place only experimentally, to see if it would change my mind, and though I was hoping it would,  it …read more

Coast Modern Film – Fundraiser on July 28, Vancouver

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

If you’re in Vancouver on July 28, and are interested in the vernacular modernist architecture of our region, buy a ticket for this event. Ouno is hosting this fundraiser to benefit the completion of the film Coast Modern by my filmmaker friends Gavin Froome and Mike Bernard. This film has been widely and eagerly anticipated; it’s the first comprehensive film on the particular form of architectural modernism found on North America’s Pacific …read more

BC Hydro now and then – what happened between 1955 and 1991?

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

“Compare and despair” is good advice, but I can’t help it. Here are two skyscrapers designed for the same public corporation, BC Hydro. The first, shown above, is a modernist beauty in the international style by Ned Pratt and Ron Thom of Thomson Berwick Pratt, 1955. It was Vancouver’s first skyscraper. It became the  first commercial building in the city to be designated heritage, and now it’s a condo tower …read more