Thursday, February 17, 2011

P4A #5

The fifth installment of Party For Architects is lined up for March 3, 2011.

Gair Williamson and Chris Woodford from Gair Williamson Architects are the featured speakers. GWA's recent projects include Judas Goat, the Paris Annex and The Keefer (below).

The event has reverted back to the more intimate confines of Vancouver Special (from the MOV) and promises to be a great evening.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Toronto Modern

Excellent blog on
Modernist Toronto architecture by Robert Moffatt.

Prior to moving to Toronto in 2002, Moffatt lived in Vancouver and wrote the Vancouver Modern column for Heritage Vancouver's newsletter–worth searching out for its informed and comprehensive coverage of the city's Modernist heritage.

Toronto Modern is now on the blog roll at right.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Edgewater Casino Expansion

Vancouver Not Vegas, a non-partisan coalition, is holding a forum on the BC Place development which is to include a substantially expanded Edgewater Casino.

It's taking place tomorrow, Wednesday February 9th at the Chinese Cultural Centre and will feature addresses by Sandy Garossino, Peter Ladner and Bing Thom. The forum will be followed up on February 17th by a Public Hearing at City Hall.

Vancouver's downtown feels increasingly sanitized and a casino development on this scale doesn't send a great message as far as the cultural life of the city is concerned.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Case Residence

In case you missed it...Adele Weder's insightful article on RJ Thom's Case Residence in West Vancouver.

Currently for sale and needing some work, the house was built by Dennis Case himself with Thom's close guidance. It is one of Thom's most resonant if idiosyncratic works, based on a grid system with remarkable spatial complexity.

For $1 million you could do worse than scoop an essential piece of Vancouver's modernist legacy.

Vancouver Heritage's 125th Plaque Project

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is planning to celebrate Vancouver's 125th anniversary by recognizing 125 people, places and events that have shaped the city. Commemorative plaques will be placed at selected sites in the fall of 2011.

The list is to be drawn up through committee nominations and public input. You can have your say here by filling out a site nomination form.

Maybe the site of the original Hotel Vancouver, the Festival of Contemporary Arts, the Castle Hotel, Ned Pratt...