On Davie Street, in a narrow passage between buildings.
The prolific Jerry Whitehead has another mural, this one along the Central Valley Greenway, at McLean and N. Grandview Hwy.
Warren Gill Lecture
Metropolitan Vancouver, already blessed by its beauty and location, emerged in the last generation as a widely admired planning success. But nothing in city building is more dangerous than complacency.
Dr. Michael Goldberg will look at Vancouver at a crossroad – with new leadership locally and federally, a new commitment to infrastructure renewal, land use, transit and transportation planning, as well as housing affordability and regional economic development. All are crucial, and none is a given, if Vancouver is to achieve its goal of being a global capital and sustainability leader.
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (at SFU Woodward’s), 149 W. Hastings Street
Admission: Free, but as seating is limited, reservations are required. Reserve on Eventbrite.
Dr. Michael Goldberg’s academic and public career has spanned over four decades. From 2002 to 2004, he was Associate Vice President International at the University of British Columbia, and the HR Fullerton Professor of Urban Land Policy in the UBC Sauder School of Business where he served as Dean from 1991 to 1997. His research addresses cities, their transportation, housing and land use systems and their competitive position in the global economy and the policies needed to globally enhance this competitiveness.
This event is sponsored by UniverCity.
Another lovely piece that’s been around for a while at the Planetarium. “The Crab” by George Norris.
A bike race, and lots of people doing lots of things. And, oh my, that setting.
Join us on this self-guided tour inside examples of gentle densification on heritage and character properties. In 2016, we visit six lane homes all built behind existing homes, including one built as part of the restoration of the Walter and Mary Lee Chan house.
Walter and Mary Lee were instrumental in the fight to save Strathcona during the 1960s when plans to build a freeway threatened to demolish much of the neighbourhood. In 2012, their home was recognized in recognition of their contributions as VHF’s Places That Matter plaque #42. The new infill is designed with new materials, but in keeping with the shape and style of many historic Strathcona homes, honouring the character of this storied neighbourhood.
Industry professionals will also be available on site to answer questions about construction, design and potential costs.
Saturday, October 22
1 – 5pm
Tickets: $30+tax or $23+tax for eligible students
To purchase tickets for VHF’s Laneway House Tour visit:
www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org or call 604 264 9642
A very traditional piece, located at the entrance to Stanley Park at Beach Avenue. This is a tribute to David Oppenheimer, Mayor of Vancouver, 1888-1891. It has, I think, the most imposing pedestal of any public art in Vancouver.
Ian picked this up from Rachael Ashe’s site, Canvas to the Imagination
Last week these small red houses began popping up in vacant lots around the east side of Vancouver. The one pictured here is located at Hastings and Commercial Drive, and I’ve seen one on Main near Prior, and another at Clark and 1st. When I shared the photo on Twitter a friend pointed out that this is a large-scale hotel piece from the game Monopoly. I didn’t realize this because I’ve only played it once or twice, and it was a million years ago.
It’s a brilliant comment on the state of the housing market in Vancouver. I would love to discover who is behind this clever street art project.
A few photos from a trip to Portland.
Bold murals set off against the all black building in front.
The wall of the Yamhill Pub, a classic Portland Dive Bar.
In 31 years, so much empty space no longer empty. Thanks to occasional PT author Michael Mortensen for the tip.
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Really – “in the world”? Once again, Vancouver is top of the list. From Business in Vancouver:
And yet, we live with the prospect of catastrophe as a likely outcome without expecting it to actually happen. Reminding me of the great quote in Michael Lewis’s book “The Big Short”:
These people (on Wall Street) believed that the collapse of the subprime mortgage market was unlikely precisely because it would be such a catastrophe. Nothing so terrible could ever actually happen.
Saw this yesterday at 7th Avenue, while participating in the Arbutus Greenway temporary surface covering public consultation. I’m amazed that I haven’t seen it before. While bike racks are by definition utilitarian (I almost wrote “pedestrian”), sometimes smart and connected design can elevate something out of that realm. This design is certainly inspired and fun.
Congrats to Kitsilano Neighbourhood House for getting these in place.
For those following the Arbutus Greenway story, the City will apparently release the consultation results on October 15 at an open house. Details t.b.a.
Local First Nations are focussing on long-term economic independence via a series of big-money property developments in the Vancouver area.
First: Mike Howell reports in the Vancouver Courier that the Musqueam FN has reached a milestone on its UBC project. Its scale, look and feel give hints about the “big one” — Jericho.
The provincial government is about to give the 1,300-member band the green light to build a massive residential development on its land in the University Endowment Lands . . . The project includes four 18-storey highrises, several rows of townhouses and mid-rise apartment buildings, a community centre, a childcare facility, commercial space for a grocery store and restaurants, a public plaza, a large park and wetlands area. All of it will be spread over 21.4 acres of what is now forest along University Boulevard, bounded by Acadia Road, Toronto Road and Ortona Avenue.
The Musqueam FN has hired former ban CFO Stephen Lee and former CLC employee Doug Avis to head up the Musqueam Capital Corporation, which offloads land development and other business activities from the band council.
[Chief] Sparrow, [Operations Manager] Mearns, Lee and Avis made it clear the end goal of the projects is to create opportunities for Musqueam’s young people and inspire them to pursue higher learning and take advantage of what’s in front of them. Lee and Avis are not Musqueam members but say they hope one day to be replaced by band members.
“We’ll make money on the developments, there’s no doubt about it,” Mearns said. “But that’s not really where the big value will come from. It’s how we raise the entire community capacity as a result of these projects and develop people to not only get careers as carpenters, plumbers, planners, engineers, doctors, lawyers — whatever — but it’s also to have people go out and develop their own businesses and get their own contracts.”
The Courier article is a fascinating journey along a trail that is shameful at times and hopeful at others.
Second: the 21-acre (8.5 hectare) Heather Lands, involving three FN and the Canada Lands Company (CLC). The first open house will be tomorrow, Saturday Sept 24, 12:00 to 3 pm. Details HERE. City of Vancouver launch events are to be Oct 15 and 17.
Apparently, the Heather Lands are also known as “Fairmont Lands”. Who knew?
Hints as to the planning outcome from the FN-CLC point of view are in THIS 25-page document from CoV, Appendix “D. Joint Venture Guiding Planning Principles”. Presumably, many of these FN-CLC principles will also apply to the upcoming much bigger Jericho development. The principles, happily, include “…prioritize walking, cycling and transit…”, among many others. Cheesy car suburbs look unlikely.
The CoV document also lays out a big batch of overarching plans that will inform CoV’s Fairmont (Heather) Lands planning outcome. Among them: Land use, Density, Height, Public benefits, Transportation, Built form and character, Heritage, Sustainability, Development phasing.
Hopefully, the groups will meet somewhere in the middle of these various visions, which obviously differ in some areas e.g. affordability v.s. maximization of triple bottom line (page 18). To me, at this stage, there looks like plenty of common ground.
Density will, of course, be the big hot public topic. Via its proxy — building height. And let’s not forget the ever-popular vehicle storage (parking).
Thanks to Frances Bula for this in the Globe and Mail. Note the possibility that the development will retain an existing 1920-era heritage building. Note also the potential for City of Vancouver mandated affordable housing components, housing for FN members, and moderate to high density (as at nearby Cambie Street).
It was donated to the Park Board by avid modern art collector Prentice Bloedel and his wife Virginia along with the funding to build the Conservatory, the surrounding plaza and fountains.
Henry Moore was the most important British sculptor of the 20th century, and the most popular and internationally celebrated sculptor of the post-war period. Non-Western art was crucial in shaping his early work – he would say that his visits to the ethnographic collections of the British Museum were more important than his academic study. Later, leading European modernists such as Picasso, Arp, Brancusi and Giacometti became influences. And uniting these inspirations was a deeply felt humanism. He returned again and again to the motifs of the mother and child, and the reclining figure, and often used abstract form to draw analogies between the human body and the landscape.
Thanks to: the Art Story.
“Lightrail” would run for about 2 miles above downtown’s Market Street, one of the city’s busiest arteries, showing in whizzing, multicolored LEDs the pulse of the hidden BART system. Local artists George Zisiadis and Stefano Corazza designed it for Illuminate the Arts, the same nonprofit behind the “Bay Lights,” a humongous waterfall of sparkles flickering on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.