Arthur Erickson

“Coast Modern” – film screenings in Vancouver this week

August 1, 2012

“Coast Modern” – film screenings in Vancouver this week

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. 

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World’s ugliest buildings?

July 24, 2011

World’s ugliest buildings?

The Pilgrimage Church in Neviges, Germany

These were listed among the world’s ugliest buildings, aggregated from various rankings in Forbes, Virtual Tourist and Oddee.com. Quite apart from blithely ignoring the complexity of the question “what is beautiful,” which philosophy has attempted to deal with for centuries and has only made more unanswerable, this list is pretty odd.

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Coast Modern Film – Fundraiser on July 28, Vancouver

July 20, 2011

Coast Modern Film – Fundraiser on July 28, Vancouver

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.

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

December 3, 2010

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

“Compare and despair” is good advice, but I can’t help it. Here are two skyscrapers designed for the same public corporation, BC Hydro.

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Landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander

October 4, 2010

Landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander

Cornelia Oberlander, the pre-eminent Canadian landscape architect noted for long collaborations with Arthur Erickson and Moshe Safdie among other things, designed the landscape for Erickson’s famed Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.

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Vancouverism

January 14, 2010

Vancouverism

Vancouverism is, as Wikipedia defines it, an urban planning and architectural technique named (obviously) after the city that pioneered it. It is “characterized by mixed-use developments, typically with a medium-height, commercial base and narrow, high-rise residential towers to accommodate high populations and to preserve view corridors.” An exhibition by the same name opens tomorrow at a university space in Woodward’s, one of Vancouver’s newest mixed-use building projects.

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Paper architecture for Habitat 1976 by Arthur Erickson

August 13, 2009

Paper architecture for Habitat 1976 by Arthur Erickson

This is the paper-based pavilion designed by Arthur Erickson for the UN Habitat Conference on Human Settlements that took place in Vancouver in June of 1976. The pavilion, part of Habitat’s exhibit, was erected in front of the old courthouse (now the Vancouver Art Gallery).

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Smith House by Arthur Erickson

May 22, 2009

Smith House by Arthur Erickson

One last Vancouver house by Arthur Erickson. The house was built for and is still owned by the painterGordon Smith and his partner Marion. They have carefully maintained it over the years, in keeping with Erickson’s original design and intention.

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