4/26/10

The Book is here!


Reading Vancouver Sun yesterday I came across an article profiling new effort to produce 4th edition of Exploring Vancouver. This reminded me that there is a new architectural guide to Vancouver fresh off the presses:

A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Vancouver
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authored by Christopher MacDonald with Veronica Gilles and edited by Nancy Dunton and Helen Malkin.

It's about time there was a contemporary architecture guide! Organized by areas! With maps!

Well now, would I still keep on posting or will it become a trusted mate in my (and others') architectural journeys around Vancouver and make this blog irrelevant? What of my Google Map? Superseded? Hmm... Oh well - off to the bookstores!

4/25/10

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

A few weeks ago I have visited the Belkin Gallery at UBC - something I have meant to do for ages.

It was designed by Peter Cardew and is definitely the very next reason after Museum of Anthropology for an architecture-phile to get out to UBC. Located at 1825 Main Mall, it was finished in 1995.

Awash in gorgeous detailing - right down to the "oreo cookie icecream" glaze on the brick - the design merited Canadian Architect Excellence Award, Progressive Architecture Award, Governor General and Leutenant Governor Medals. Quite an achievement!

Here are some of the pictures I took: