Posts Tagged ‘Vancouver City Hall’

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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Update on the Ming Sun Building – low-income housing in Vancouver’s boomtown architecture threatened

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Orange Cars Powell, 1973, Photo reprinted by kind permission of Equinox Gallery and Fred Herzog. (Contact the gallery if you’re interested in purchasing one of this edition of 20.)

The Ming Sun Building is still standing. So far. Please see the previous post on the building, written in December when its survival seemed even more precarious.

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When your friend runs for political office – Sandy Garossino

Monday, October 31st, 2011

My friend Sandy Garossino, running for a spot on Vancouver City Council

Early readers of this blog are probably wondering what happened to it. Yes, it’s more political now and ostensibly less focused on pure design, but I’m not sure I believe in the existence of “pure design” anyway. I’ve argued all along that design and politics are intimately related, and that the way we make our houses and settlements and cities says far more about our beliefs than we realize.

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Geometric mural in the basement of Vancouver City Hall

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

[UPDATE: I was just informed by the artist’s son Guy that this mural is now threatened, after gracing the lowest floor of City Hall for over 40 years! It’s odd that the City now says it will demolish or paint over the mural, having recently asked Guy and his sister for a bio of their father, suggesting that City Hall had intended to preserve his work.

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