Exhibition: Dutch Design Supermodels

17:11 - 6 December, 2015

Dudoc (Dutch Urban Design Centre) Vancouver in co-operation with the Consulate General of the Netherlands is excited to present the Dutch Design Supermodels travelling exhibit that showcases the ingenuity of design and architecture from the Netherlands. View 3-D printed scale models of a century’s worth of iconic buildings & chairs designed by great Dutch architects.

UBC Bookstore / office of mcfarlane biggar architects + designers

17:00 - 26 October, 2015
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© Ed White

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St. Georges / Randy Bens Architect

13:00 - 6 October, 2015
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© Ema Peter

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Herzog & de Meuron Designs New Vancouver Art Gallery

12:10 - 30 September, 2015
View across Queen Elizabeth Plaza. Image © Herzog & de Meuron
View across Queen Elizabeth Plaza. Image © Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron have unveiled plans for a new Vancouver Art Gallery. Aiming to become a "vibrant new cultural destination" that utilizes the last vacant lot in the City's downtown, the new 230-foot-tall facility will serve the Gallery's expanding collection, featuring work from local and international contemporary artists. 

Designed as a stacked wooden structure whose bulk is lifted high above the street, the building is comprised of seven public levels that offer a range of uniquely sized galleries. Setbacks and overhangs respond directly to the context, framing views of the city and North Shore Mountains, while allowing light to filter down to the open-air courtyard below. 

Grade House / Measured Architecture

17:00 - 24 September, 2015

Cloister House + Laneway / Measured Architecture

17:00 - 22 September, 2015
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© Andrew Latreille

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AMS Nest / DIALOG + B+H Architects

11:00 - 21 September, 2015
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© Ema Peter

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368 Powell Street / Kirsten Reite Architecture

11:00 - 4 August, 2015
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© Andrew Latreille

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Büro Ole Scheeren Unveils the "Future of Vertical Housing" in Vancouver

12:04 - 12 June, 2015
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© Büro Ole Scheeren

Büro Ole Scheeren has envisioned a "future vision for vertical living." Designed to serve as an "urban pivot" on one of Vancouver's main avenues, 1500 West Georgia Street, the multifaceted tower features a system of vertically shifted apartment modules and outdoor terraces that branch out horizontally to "engage the space of the city and activate Vancouver's waterfront skyline."

“Vancouver possesses a unique balance of urban conditions surrounded by spectacular nature that provides fertile ground for envisioning new possibilities for future living in a cosmopolitan and environmentally-friendly city” says Ole Scheeren. “The design for this building exemplifies our ambition to reconnect architecture with the natural and civic environment and go beyond the hermetic confines of towers that increasingly inscribe our lives.”

York House Senior School / Acton Ostry Architects

14:00 - 12 April, 2015
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© Michael Elkan

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Ten Buildings Which Epitomize The Triumph Of Postmodernism

04:00 - 27 February, 2015
Via Archive of Affinities. Image © Nils-Ole Lund
Via Archive of Affinities. Image © Nils-Ole Lund

Being such a recent movement in the international architectural discourse, the reach and significance of post-modernism can sometimes go unnoticed. In this selection, chosen by Adam Nathaniel Furman, the "incredibly rich, extensive and complex ecosystem of projects that have grown out of the initial explosion of postmodernism from the 1960s to the early 1990s" are placed side by side for our delight.

From mosques that imagine an idyllic past, via Walt Disney’s Aladdin from the 1990s, to a theatre in Moscow that turns its façade into a constructivist collage of classical scenes, "there are categories in post-modernism to be discovered, and tactics to be learned." These projects trace forms of complex stylistic figuration, from the high years of academic postmodernism, to the more popular of its forms that spread like wildfire in the latter part of the 20th century.

Lateral Office's 2014 Venice Biennale 'Arctic Adaptations' Exhibition To Tour Canada

00:00 - 24 February, 2015

Lateral Office's Arctic Adaptations exhibition, which was recognised with a Special Mention at the 2014 Venice Biennale, will travel make its debut in Canada at the Winnipeg Art Gallery this week before heading to Whitehouse, Vancouver, and Calgary. The exhibition "surveys a century of Arctic architecture, an urbanising present, and a projective near future of adaptive architecture in Nunavut" though interactive models, photography, and topographical maps of the twenty five communities of the area, as well as Inuit carvers’ scale models of some of the most recognised buildings in the territory. In addition, it proposes a future of adaptive and responsive architecture for Canada's northern territories.

VIDEO: Bjarke Ingels Walks Us Through The Design of Vancouver House

00:00 - 11 February, 2015

Taking the urban high-rise “one step further,” BIG’s Vancouver House (formerly known as the Beach and Howe Tower) is a gesamtkunstwerk - total work of art. Detailed to the smallest scale, the grand scheme makes use of a difficult site trisected by the Granville overpass and burdened by setbacks, transforming it into a “lively village” at the city’s gateway.

Learn how Bjarke Ingels plans to revolutionize urban living by watching the video above. 

East Van House / Splyce Design

01:00 - 5 February, 2015
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© Ivan Hunter

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Inclusivity as Architectural Program: A Reflection on Vancouver's Woodward’s Redevelopment Five Years On

01:00 - 22 December, 2014
The need for "body heat" to reactivate the abandoned site led to a high density, and ultimately to the development's 43 and 32 storey towers. Image © Bob Matheson
The need for "body heat" to reactivate the abandoned site led to a high density, and ultimately to the development's 43 and 32 storey towers. Image © Bob Matheson

Officially opened in 2010, the Woodward’s Redevelopment project designed by Vancouver based Henriquez Partners Architects and situated in the city’s Downtown Eastside (DTES), was a contentious proposal from the time of its inception, and has continued to be so in the almost five years since its completion. Yet as the large-scale mixed-use complex, and its role in the community, nears the first of many milestone anniversaries, it offers us a chance for critical reflection and allows for perceptions and understandings to be gathered and assessed.

What has made Woodward’s an interesting case study, however, is the project’s attempt to act as a model for responsible development with respect to the regeneration of its surrounding urban and community context. Yet there has also been much criticism, with fears over rapid gentrification and claims that it has displaced some of the community’s most at-risk residents. For managing partner Gregory Henriquez, however, it was seen as an opportunity to introduce a place of inclusivity into the neighbourhood and as a chance to “share a portion of the wealth created in real estate development to support the greater good.”

© Bob Matheson The umbilical-cord-like "rebirth stair" is a defining feature of the development's public space. Image © Bob Matheson © Paul Worchal © Bob Matheson +8

430 House / D’Arcy Jones Architecture

01:00 - 27 November, 2014
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© Sama Jim Canzian

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Winners Announced for Architecture for Humanity Vancouver’s “NEXT BIG ONE” Competition

00:00 - 8 November, 2014
"Modular Landscapes" was designed in response to the 2011 Japanese earthquake. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter
"Modular Landscapes" was designed in response to the 2011 Japanese earthquake. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter

Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter has unveiled the winners of "NEXT BIG ONE," an open call for design solutions to high-magnitude earthquake and tsunami events that plague cities around the world. Project teams were challenged to propose a solution that "can mitigate natural disasters while simultaneously providing community permanence."  

A jury comprised of leading architects and professionals from Architecture Research Office (Stephen Cassell), Perkins + Will (Susan Gushe), Bing Thom Architects (Eileen Keenan), Scott & Scott Architects (David Scott), and the City of Vancouver (Doug Smith) evaluated the projects. Entries were evaluated based on three key criteria: the exemplification of innovation in disaster design, promotion of community resiliency before and after disasters, and compliance with multi-hazard parameters for worst-case disaster scenarios.

Entry No. 626137 - Safety Arena. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter Entry No. 626514 - Revive the Moat. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter Entry No. 626139 - Modular Landscapes. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter Entry No. 626536 - Aqua Estate. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter +16

Paris Block Paris Annex / Gair Williamson Architect + Ankenman Marchand Architects

01:00 - 20 October, 2014
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© Ed White

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