A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Vancouver by Christopher Macdonald

By Christopher Macdonald

A Guidebook to modern structure in Vancouver explores structures developed because the urban skilled remarkable development, starting with Expo ‘86 and carrying on with in the course of the 2010 Olympic wintry weather video games. The guidebook beneficial properties constructions and public areas grouped by means of parts, with maps in order that a customer can create strolling excursions, together with ones via downtown Vancouver, Richmond, the North Shore, and Kitsilano. The handy measurement and structure, together with an index, permits viewers to place this guidebook in a pocket and go.

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Once a thriving department store, the site’s renewal brings with it the promise of bringing a diverse and vibrant array of programmes back to the neighbourhood. Beyond its own internal logic, the project’s unprecedented density presents a vivid juxtaposition of scale to its historic surroundings. The result of a lengthy two-stage competition and substantial subsequent community engagement, the project resurrects a once vital site in the midst of an economically challenged community. The strategy of emphasizing the public role of the internal courtyard rather than supporting existing streetscapes is bold, and its success will ultimately be critical in determining the full measure of accomplishment in urban terms.

VANCOUVER CONVENTION CENTRE WEST This major expansion of Vancouver’s convention hosting capacity was constructed, in part, to serve as the International Broadcast Centre for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Something of the aura of spectacle remains in the form of both the building and the adjacent public plaza. As the city has added this new layer of construction onto its waterfront the scale of a new era has emerged, measured against the dimension and impetus of passing cruise ships as much as the activities of adjacent streets.

Efforts to redevelop buildings in the area are often constrained by the relatively small width of the original single building street frontage of twenty-five feet. Particularly in Chinatown, where smallholdings may also be accompanied by complex ownership, the result can be a kind of inertia that only aggravates the physical decline of the structures. This being said, the area includes a number of accomplished infill projects that preserve much of the scale and detail of the historic fabric. VANCITY PLACE FOR YOUTH While modern architecture’s intervention in historic urban settings has often resulted in uneasy juxtapositions, this modest social housing infill project provides an exemplary lesson in contextual deference.

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