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  • Modernist Vancouver: The Award-Winning Buildings of the Post-War Era - Spacing Vancouver
    which were architectural and cultural landmarks and due to contemporary publications and awards were highly influential in modern Canadian Architecture Cunningham 50 Some forms of Modernism found in Vancouver include Cage style with exaggerated load bearing structure and an emphasis on vertical and horizontal elements and Curtain Wall which has become quite common in the downtown core with non load bearing exterior walls often in glass and aluminum The original main branch of the Vancouver Public Library located at 750 Burrard Street is recognized as one of the earliest in the city to utilize curtain wall technology with a wide expanse of glass at street level CVA 784 051 The Macmillan Bloedel Building 1986 The Macmillan Bloedel building at the corner of Thurlow Street and West Georgia Street is an excellent example of Brutalist Modernism with its rough concrete structure and aesthetic relationship to Cubism The north and south vertical planes offer perfectly symmetrical grids made of unfinished concrete While running the same width bottom to top the depth of each vertical concrete pillar starts at 8 feet wide across the bottom narrowing to just 8 inches at the top Built in 1968 69 and designed by Erickson Massey and Francis Donaldson the Macmillan Bloedel is an imposing structure on the Georgia corridor its large scale and heavy almost oppressive grid making it indicative of Brutalist style CVA Bu P519 The BC Electric Building under construction in 1956 A few blocks over at Burrard Street and Nelson Street the BC Electric Building was the first high rise in this part of Vancouver which previously comprised wood single family homes and low rise commercial and residential development Designed by Thompson Berwick Pratt and completed in 1957 the BC Electric Building is perhaps a bit friendlier to look at than the Macmillan Bloedel even though it was considered out of scale with its early neighbours when it was first built Featuring a unique lozenge shape the structure consists of a reinforced concrete core from which cantilevered floors radiate When originally utilized by BC Electric employees no desk was further than a few feet from a window due to this ingenious design The building heralds International style with an original exterior of uninterrupted single pane glass windows running the entire height and hidden interior structure However it still responds to local regionalism with a public art element on the main floor lobby and exterior consisting of a geometric mosaic tile designed by local artist B C Binning Added as a significant Recent Landmark on the Vancouver Heritage Register in the 1990s the building became the first designated Recent Landmark on the Register as part of the Heritage Revitalization Agreement that allowed for conversion into condominiums and re branding as the Electra Tile work by B C Binning on the exterior of the BC Electric Building via evelazarus com While the success of Modernism and its ideals is still hotly debated the buildings that remain offer insight into the mind set prevalent after the

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/07/23/modernist-vancouver-award-winning-buildings-post-war-era/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Adaptive Re-Use through "Loft-Style Living" - Spacing Vancouver
    Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art For artists like Andy Warhol the loft offered a prime location for art making as well as living Warhol s now infamous Factory a name that moved with Warhol through three different spaces was a large industrial space used for his films and screen prints as well as entertaining a host of glamorous friends The open flexible space coupled with inexpensive rent allowed Warhol to pursue all his creative endeavours in one place As artists like Warhol grew in popularity galleries set up in the store front spaces below artist lofts and then wealthy art collectors fell in love with the lofts and began buying them up Yoko Ono and Toshi Ichiyanagi at the piano c 1960 61 www studyblue com The association with wealth from chic art collectors combined with the inherent cool factor that came with being a New York artist in the 1950s and 60s led to an undeniable creative desire to inhabit these spaces For owners of unused commercial heritage buildings and lovers of heritage alike this was excellent news As neighbourhoods change and businesses close there is the inevitable question of what to do with often sturdy well built buildings As businesses require less space or move to other neighbourhoods these handsome buildings become redundant Their adaptive reuse makes them once again economically viable B C Tel Building 1915 and 2015 1915 image reproduced with kind permission of TELUS CVA 17 19 AM339 S7 Leonard Frank photographer 2015 image credit Martin Knowles Photo Media The trend of re using commercial heritage for loft apartments spread throughout North America In Vancouver it is seen in our older neighbourhoods such as Gastown where the abundance of historic hotels and warehouses have converted well into trendy living spaces However the once heavy industrial area of Southeast False Creek just west of the Cambie Bridge has a few reclaimed buildings of its own Inside the above pictured B C Tel warehouse once home to cables wires and stacks of telephone equipment there is now a series of well appointed residential lofts With the original windows still intact the exposed brick and wood beams retain the gritty early history of the building Imported Italian kitchens and polished concrete floors give the units a modern sophisticated feel that plays well against the character features photo credit Martin Knowles Photo Media It may be hard to believe that the luxurious concept of loft style living now seen in many new developments originated from paint covered often unheated and abandoned factory floors While original conversions did very little to add the comforts of home modern conversions in heritage buildings offer character architectural features and history not seen in the average apartment and allow the resident to maintain a bit of the creative cache inadvertently popularized by innovative artists VHF invites you to tour inside The Exchange former B C Tel Building during the 2015 Heritage House Tour On Sunday June 7 th you can join this self guided

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/06/03/adaptive-re-use-loft-style-living/ (2015-11-16)
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  • The Story Behind a 1924 Vancouver Photograph - Spacing Vancouver
    chapter came from Joe s daughter Louise Louise still lives in the house that Joe built in 1922 and has kept all her father s memorabilia including boxes of newspaper clippings photographs and letters The photo above was in one of those boxes but unfortunately wasn t dated or labeled and I ve since found it at the Vancouver Archives I recognized Joe holding the knives and his partner Donald Sinclair from a photo hanging in the Vancouver Police Museum but I couldn t identify the other men or find out what the story was behind the photo until this week Jason Vanderhill kindly sent me some clippings about Joe that originated from the long defunct Vancouver Daily World and there was the picture with the accompanying story The photo in the newspaper is the same image it s been flipped for some reason but it s clearly the same event and it ran with the quite wonderful caption Officers Battle with Slayer of Seamen It turns out that on January 25 1924 Ben Baba a Maltese seaman had armed himself with two stiletto knives and gone on a rampage on board the Pilar de Larringa murdering the captain and a crew member and injuring four others before police arrived to stop him Sergeant George McLaughlin shot Baba with the sawed off shotgun that he s proudly displaying in the photo they called it a riot gun and according to the story Baba then slit his own throat The story doesn t say what set him off All rights reserved Unless otherwise indicated all blog content copyright Eve Lazarus Eve Lazarus is a writer with an Aussie accent and a Vancouver address Her latest book Sensational Vancouver a 1 B C bestseller is a fully illustrated non traditional history book

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/03/16/story-behind-1924-vancouver-photograph/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Eve Lazarus, Author at Spacing Vancouver
    One of my favourite characters in Sensational Vancouver is Detective Joe Ricci who joined the Vancouver Police Department in 1912 Joe Read More History Our Missing Heritage What were we thinking Part 3 I came across this photo of downtown Vancouver in 1924 while I was playing on the Vancouver Archive s site recently It took me Read More History Our Missing Heritage What were we thinking Part Two The Marine Building is one of Vancouver s most treasured buildings a gorgeous example of Art Deco So why did we destroy our other Read More History Our Missing Heritage What were we thinking Part One In 1913 Vancouver had a thriving theatre district that included eight movie theatres as well as stock theatres like the Pantages and Read More Features Vancouver Confidential Not your Dad s history book Those of us who write history books are used to being told my dad would love that And while hearing things like this warms our Read More Features The Marine Building Built on Rum I had thought the Marine Building was built by the Guinness family until I started doing some research on this Art Deco icon for my Read More History Repurposing old buildings Bryan Adams Gastown Studio The following post is an excerpt from Sensational Vancouver Bryan Adams was a military brat born in Kingston Ontario His parents Read More History Vancouver Tour has a Musqueam Perspective The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is piloting a project with the Musqueam Indian Band to offer a tour of Vancouver from a slightly Read More Features Meet Tom Carter I visited Tom Carter in his heritage loft a couple of weeks ago It was the same afternoon that we climbed up to the top of the Sun Read More Features Lani Russwurm s Awesome

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/author/evelazarus/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Video Vancouver: To Build a Better City (1964) - Spacing Vancouver
    neighbourhoods were considered an urban blight and needed to be razed to make way for modern concrete towers This is from 50 years ago but the very ideology of the thinking involved is like from another planet Cinematography Bill Roozeboom Script Roy Minter Narration George McLean Sound recording Animation Marguerite Roozeboom Produced by Bill Lindsay and Bill Roozeboom Produced by Pageant Productions Another copy of this can be found online at this link http youtu be A2xdYUk4iAY Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Video Vancouver No Fun City Video Vancouver Do our cities still work Video Vancouver Our Story Our Future Video Vancouver It s Smart To Be Dense Tweet More posts by Yuri Artibise 2 comments Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy qatzelok 9 months ago Blight was the terrorism of its time Blair Petrie 9 months ago These were the very arguments put forth in the mid to late 1990s on why the Mole Hill Problem had to be dealt with Funny those low income families in the blighted areas sure looked happy Comments

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/02/19/video-vancouver-build-better-city-1964/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Main Streets: At the Heart of Vancouver’s Communities - Spacing Vancouver
    and stores Small cafés and coffee houses provide meeting places and evening entertainment is offered in movie houses or theatres CVA 371 812 Hastings St West at Westminster Ave Main St 190 In Vancouver there are a number of main streets Many were established in the city s early years and served distinct centres and suburbs Vancouver s main streets include many of Kalman s elements with a unique west coast spin and their own local flavour Hastings Street was the heart of downtown in the early 20 th Century Running parallel to Waterfront Station an important entry point for commerce and business Hastings Street was a centre of shopping finance and government complete with its own public square and history of parades and public gatherings Commercial Drive West 41 st Avenue and Main Street are also some of the many distinctive main streets in Vancouver which provide a unique centre for the surrounding community The Vogue Theatre 1958 Photo Credit www thevisiblecity com Many main streets are enjoying a renaissance but there was a time when it seemed they would all be replaced with big box stores and standardized buildings The mid century fascination with cars suburbia and the invention of the shopping mall all threatened the long history of community main streets The shopping mall offered plentiful parking and a clean atmosphere that appealed to families in the 1950s and 60s Main streets felt the pressure to offer the same advantages as the shopping centres and lost a lot of their heritage and character along the way Small older buildings came down to make room for parking and local shops were replaced with chains whose strict storefront guidelines removed character defining elements from existing buildings Granville Street saw its share of this homogenizing trend in the removal of neon signs In its heyday Granville was revered for its numerous colourful buzzing electric signs that gave it unique character In the 1960s the cacophony of colour and light was seen as a distracting eyesore and new by laws regulated the size and scale of signage essentially eliminating neon from the strip Main Street through Mount Pleasant and Sunset also suffered from the shopping mall s influence with many businesses closing and buildings becoming abandoned and neglected However the value of a vibrant main street for a community has long been recognized Restoring historic buildings has been a successful strategy in reigniting activity bringing locals and visitors back to the joys of main streets In 1980 Heritage Canada began a successful campaign to revive main streets supporting cultural and economic regeneration in downtowns across Canada These efforts combined with movements to buy local and support small business along with health and environmental concerns leading us to bike or walk more and drive less are leading cities and towns back to embracing the convenience charm and variety of the main street Main Street at 21st approx In Vancouver Granville Street has recently embraced its neon roots Hastings is once again becoming

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/02/16/main-streets-heart-vancouvers-communities/ (2015-11-16)
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  • EVENT: Sensational Vancouver at Lynn Valley Library - Spacing Vancouver
    Traffic Transit Urban Design Walking Waterfront Region Topic Events Comments 0 Tweet EVENT Sensational Vancouver at Lynn Valley Library February 4 2015 By Spacing WHEN February 11 7 00 p m WHERE Lynn Valley Library 1277 Lynn Valley Road North Vancouver ADMISSION Register for this free event at 604 984 0286 ext 8144 Eve Lazarus will give an illustrated presentation about her latest book Sensational Vancouver a 1 BC bestseller The book takes an nontraditional approach to history and looks at everything from police corruption high end brothels and unsolved murders to ground breaking west coast architecture and legendary women such as North Vancouver s Phyllis Munday and Valerie Jerome Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts EVENT Places That Matter 79 The Commodore Ballroom Nov 26 The Story Behind a 1924 Vancouver Photograph EVENT Vancouver Historical Society Christmas Book Sale Nov 27 Event Metro Vancouver Critter Capers April 6th Tweet More posts by Spacing Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts RELEASE Thousands Re Imagine Downtown Vancouver in 2040 Adaptive Re Use through Loft Style Living Cartographically Speaking Variation in Food Access for Vancouver Neighbourhoods Do High

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/02/04/event-sensational-vancouver-lynn-valley-library/ (2015-11-16)
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  • RELEASE: Megaphone to release report on homeless deaths in B.C., Nov. 6th - Spacing Vancouver
    C Where 480 Smithe St Vancouver B C Google Map When Thursday November 6 10 00AM On Thursday November 6 Megaphone will release the first ever report on homeless deaths in British Columbia The report called Dying on the Streets compiles exclusive data collected by the BC Corners Service and includes total number of deaths cause of death age of death and city where deceased The report also provides key recommendations for addressing the causes of death among homeless populations Speakers in include Sean Condon Executive Director Megaphone Judy Graves former City of Vancouver homeless advocate About Megaphone Megaphone is an award winning magazine sold on the streets of Vancouver and Victoria by homeless and low income vendors Vendors buy each issue for 75 cents and sell them on the street for 2 keeping all profits The magazine is published every month Visit www megaphonemagazine com Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts EVENT SFU City Conversation Does Vancouver need a city wide plan Nov 20 EVENT Vancouver Historical Society Christmas Book Sale Nov 27 SFU Launches We the City Community Summit Oct 30th to Nov 7th City of Vancouver Homeless Count 2015 Tweet More

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2014/11/05/release-megaphone-release-report-homeless-deaths-bc-nov-6th/ (2015-11-16)
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