Exploring Vancouver: The Architectural Guide by Robin WardExploring Vancouver: The Architectural Guide by Robin Ward

Exploring Vancouver: The Architectural Guide

byRobin Ward, Harold KalmanPhotographerJohn Roaf

Paperback | April 27, 2012

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The only comprehensive handbook to Vancouver's architecture -- from the modest to the monumental Vancouver is still a young city, and its streetscapes and neighbourhoods reflect the city's constant state of reinvention. New buildings adapt the latest global architectural trends to the regional context or express the distinct local West Coast style; heritage buildings stand for earlier eras and continuity. The result is a dynamic urban landscape. Highly readable and authoritative, this entirely updated edition of Exploring Vancouver is the definitive guide to the city's architecture -- from the breathtaking to the bizarre. Harold Kalman and Robin Ward, both longtime chroniclers of Vancouver's architectural story, take the reader on a walking or driving tour of 14 areas in and around the city and detail more than 450 of the city's most notable buildings, structures and landscapes -- from the historical to the high-tech -- ituating each in its social, cultural and historical context.

Divided into 14 distinct city areas, with a full-colour photo accompanying each entry, Exploring Vancouver is a perfect companion for both curious visitors and the many architectural enthusiasts who are proud to call this city home. Endorsed by the royal architectural institute of Canada.

Robin Ward is an architectural critic, writer and graphic artist. For more than 10 years, he wrote a weekly column on architecture for the Vancouver Sun. He is the author of Robin Ward’s Vancouver and Robin Ward’s Heritage West Coast.Harold Kalman is a specialist in architectural history and heritage conservation. He is the author (or ...
Title:Exploring Vancouver: The Architectural GuideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 0.87 inPublished:April 27, 2012Publisher:Douglas And McIntyre (2013) Ltd.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1553658663

ISBN - 13:9781553658665


Table of Contents

Introduction1. Gastown and the Downtown East Side- The beginnings of Vancouver. Cycles of development & vitality, decline and poverty, protection, redevelopment & revitalization (with the outcomes still unclear).2. Chinatown- Earliest neighbourhood after Gastown and adjacent to it. Sets the stage for Vancouver as a multicultural city. 3. Strathcona- First residential neighbourhood. Same cycle of development, decline, and revitalization (without protection). Cultural diversity.4. Mount Pleasant & Fairview- Vancouver's first suburbs, now inner-city neighbourhoods, accessed by streetcar in 1891. Fairview began at the same time. Again, cyclical development & revitalization. Institutions in Fairview.5. Grandview and East Vancouver- Progression of development to the east. Unsuccessful at attracting exclusive residential development. Multiculturalism and diversity, today's 'character' neighbourhoods.6. South Vancouver- The City grew to the south. South Vancouver, from the tip of Point Grey to Burnaby, was incorporated in 1891; joined Vancouver in 1927. A series of isolated villages became a fully-developed part of the city.7. False Creek- Inner-city industrial development. Industry removed in later 20th century to become residential and mixed-use. Excellent example of 'brownfields' redevelopment. Yaletown / Concord Pacific Place introduce 'Vancouverism' and the character of today's new city.8. Downtown- Back to the downtown peninsula. Downtown from end of C19 (when it was partly residential) to beginning of C21. Commercial development, the new character of Vancouver, Vancouverism.9. West End- The development west from downtown. The most developed 20th-century inner-city residential neighbourhood. Experiments with high rise development, high densities, determination to maintain 'liveability'.10. Shaughnessy- Vancouver's first successful exclusive residential community. Late 20th-century efforts to maintain its character despite changing demographics.11. West Side- Seceded from West Vancouver in 1906. Developed into Vancouver's affluent middle-class neighbourood(s). Changing demographics, character.12. UBC- The university on the West Side. Traditionalism vs. modernism. Mention University Endowment Lands.13. The North Shore- North Vancouver and West Vancouver: Two primarily residential suburbs with contrasting histories and demographics. The birth of West Coast modernism; the convergence of architecture and nature.14. Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminster- Architectural and historical highlights of the three closest southern and eastern suburbs. Diversity. The university on the East Side.

Editorial Reviews

"Easily the most substantial, witty and fearless companion for touring the buildings/streets of Vancouver -- all other guides are fly-bys." -- Trevor Boddy, curator of "Vancouverism: Architecture Builds the City" "The reading is astounding. Harold Kalman and Robin Ward's text is as straightforward as John Roaf's images. It also has enough wit to please the armchair reader and enough facts to make walks of Exploring Vancouver's fourteen architectural districts time well spent." -- Malcolm Parry, columnist for "Vancouver Magazine" and "The Vancouver Sun" "Exploring Vancouver" is organized into 14 chapters -- or tours...How some of the heritage buildings have been altered, adapted or reused by subsequent generations of architects is of particular interest. And of course, new buildings are featured alongside older ones, which only emphasizes how the collective architectural inventory of Vancouver and its surrounding municipalities is both idiosyncratic in stylistic approach and rich in cultural history." -- Canadian Architect "'Exploring Vancouver: The Architectural Guide' is exactly what its title says. Original authors Harold Kalman and Robin Ward have added considerable detail to their original appraisals, and also report on two decades' worth of structures added since...John Roaf's colour photographs of each building, many familiar but some less so, merit double-page treatment. Still, they make the not-quite-pocketable book a valuable companion on walks for which the authors provide useful maps." --  Vancouver Sun