Vancouver

The Log’s Log by Carole Itter, 1972-3

March 9, 2017

The Log’s Log by Carole Itter, 1972-3

Fittingly this book arrived in the mail on Iternational Women’s Day. I’ve always wanted a copy of it. Only 1000 were printed so I was surprised I could get one.

The book is documentation of an extended artwork by Vancouver artist Carole Itter in which she found a yellow cedar log on the beach in BC, cut it in pieces, put handles on each segment, wrapped them in canvas and took the entire log with her as baggage to Nova Scotia via the Canadian National railway.

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Harvey Molotch’s “The City as Growth Machine”

November 12, 2015

Harvey Molotch’s “The City as Growth Machine”


Sociologist Harvey Molotch
“A city and, more generally, any locality, is conceived as the areal expression of the interests of some land-based elite.”

Harvey Molotch‘s seminal 1976 article “The City as Growth Machine”—which is equally applicable today—just happened to be published the same year of the UN Habitat Conference on Settlements that took place in Vancouver (and is the subject of my upcoming book).

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Craigslist: “For Sale: Vancouver City Hall. Cash only, please. No Questions asked.”

April 6, 2015

Craigslist: “For Sale: Vancouver City Hall. Cash only, please. No Questions asked.”

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Ha ha. Sadly, this Craigslist ad was quickly taken down, but not before lots of us took  screenshots and copied the text (a friend uploaded it to her Facebook).

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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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Turbo Architecture

January 22, 2015

Turbo Architecture

This example of blobitecture is being proposed for Vancouver, apparently to be squeezed between two older buildings on the waterfront in the historic neighbourhood known as Gastown. There has been no public hearing regarding the building, so the public have taken to social media to express what seems to be more displeasure than pleasure.

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