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Of Culture and Condos – Northrop Frye on condo mentality/garrison mentality

May 27, 2012

Of Culture and Condos – Northrop Frye on condo mentality/garrison mentality

Interesting article from The Walrus magazine on Northrop Frye’s look at the condominium form and its effects on our attitudes, particularly in the context of Canadian history and our “garrison mentality.” I’d be interested in people’s reactions to this.

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“I’ve been told that the tallest building in hell has an awesome view of the emerald city”

May 14, 2012

“I’ve been told that the tallest building in hell has an awesome view of the emerald city”

Heard those lyrics over the car radio last week. I did not know that the Emerald City was close enough to hell that you could actually see it from there, but that whole geography sounds a lot like Vancouver.

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Vancouver Ltd. by Don Gutstein

May 7, 2012

Vancouver Ltd. by Don Gutstein

What follows is the Preface of Don Gutstein’s 1975 book Vancouver Ltd., a thorough—and, as it turns out, prescient—analysis of the way in which Vancouver fell into the hands of real estate developers and realtors.

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Melbourne – now the most livable city in the world – and its cycling Director of Design, Rob Adams

October 25, 2011

Melbourne – now the most livable city in the world – and its cycling Director of Design, Rob Adams

Rob Adams, Melbourne’s Director of Design

Melbourne, now deemed the most livable city in the world, has bumped Vancouver from top spot. Never having believed Vancouver deserved that spot, I’m happy the designation has gone to a city that probably does.

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The End of the Age of Tall Buildings

October 12, 2011

The End of the Age of Tall Buildings

Vancouver towers from Wikimedia Commons

[Update: see post on this topic on the Vancouver Lights blog. Also see this critique of glass highrises by Lisa Rochon in the Globe and Mail.]

Apologies that this is such a long post.

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

June 16, 2011

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

“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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