They’ve started the transformation of the old Eaton’s (Sear’s) block into a Nordstrom’s. (What should we now call this site?)

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Pac Centre

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I’ll photograph it every so often as the skin is stripped away and Cesar Pelli’s original opaque design is replaced with a more transparent facade by James Cheng:

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More renderings here.

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The “latrine” at Pacific Centre was one of the most disliked buildings in Vancouver (though its pure modernism had its defenders).  The backlash led to the requirement at City Hall (under planner Ray Spaxman) that there be minimal blank walls on any new design facing a downtown sidewalk, and a requirement for rain-protecting canopies above.