demolition

Post-mortem on the old Eaton’s building: an interview with Cesar Pelli

March 2, 2015

Post-mortem on the old Eaton’s building: an interview with Cesar Pelli

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

February 16, 2014

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

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

December 3, 2013

Imminent demolition of 122 year old building in Vancouver’s old Japantown

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.

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Goodbye Jericho Wharf

August 17, 2011

Goodbye Jericho Wharf

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

May 31, 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.

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

August 23, 2009

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

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.

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Vancouver, if Tokyo doesn’t want the Nakagin Capsule Tower, let’s ship it over here.

July 10, 2009

Vancouver, if Tokyo doesn’t want the Nakagin Capsule Tower, let’s ship it over here.

It shouldn’t be that difficult; it comes apart. The owner residents of Tokyo’s famous Nakagin Capsule Tower have voted to demolish it and rebuild a “modern” tower on the same location, which is now a valuable property adjacent to the Ginza district.

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Coast Modern – preview of the upcoming documentary film

June 16, 2009

Coast Modern – preview of the upcoming documentary film

These stills were shot during the filming of Coast Modern, a documentary film about West Coast modern house architecture, spanning from LA to Vancouver, by Vancouver filmmakers Gavin Froome and Mike Bernard.

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Architecture in the Movies, Part 3 – Logan’s Run

June 11, 2009

Architecture in the Movies, Part 3 – Logan’s Run

The 1976 film Logan’s Run, a sci-fi dystopia about a domed post-apocalyptic society that euthanizes its citizens at age 30, heavily occupied my late childhood imagination.

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