Saturday, November 21, 2009

Safdie in Vancouver

Moshe Safdie will be speaking tonight in Vancouver as part of The Vancouver Institute's lecture series.

The seminar takes place at U.B.C. and is titled "Megascale, Order and Complexity".

It's the latest in a series that dates back to 1916 when The Vancouver Institute was first founded. There is a remarkable list of past speakers that can be found here, including B.C. Binning, Peter Oberlander and (!) Richard Neutra in 1953.

Things get underway at 8:15 pm at the Wooward Instructional Resource Centre. Admission is free.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Party For Architects

The second Party For Architects will take place this Thursday November 19 at Vancouver Special on Main Street.

If the previous event- which featured a talk by D'Arcy Jones on the essence of stairs- is any indication it should be a excellent night. The upcoming evening will include a talk by Clinton Cuddington of Measure Architecture, a dj, drinks and of course archispeak.

The evening runs from 6-9pm and is hosted by Julian Carnrite, Mitra Mansour, Anne Pearson and Anant Topiwala.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Binning In West Vancouver

West Vancouver Museum and Archives is currently showing two exhibits based around B.C. Binning and his work.

The first is a collection of greeting cards created by Don Jarvis, Arthur Erickson, Gordon Smith and Binning among others that explores the social relationships between local artists and architects.

The second exhibit draws on Binning works from the WVMA collection, and focuses largely on his line drawing period from the 1940's.

Both exhibitions run until December 23rd, 2009.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Canadian Wallpaper

Wallpaper magazine's recent Fab 40 issue spotlights ten destinations across the globe and forty favourite things from each place.

Vancouver has a number of entries under the Canadian banner, including Douglas Coupland's art, the Winter Olympics and (!) the PNE's wooden rollercoaster.

Architecturally the city is represented by Form + Forest and D'Arcy Jones Design as well as Level Design. Form + Forest's line of cabins extends Jones' design sensibility to prefab structures that would be perfectly at home on that beautiful Gulf Islands property...

Vancouver In the Evening

A shot taken of Granville Street during the recent Vancouver International Film Festival. The absence of traffic allows a vibrant mall atmosphere.