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Old Posted Aug 15, 2019, 12:17 AM
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Er, not any more it isn't. "Development application, lodged with the Brisbane City Council in December 2015, was approved in May 2016. As of 2019, approval expires in June 2020, Aria’s commercial manager Michael Zaicek told Commercial Real Estate that they “have no intentions for a residential development in the near future”
Thank you for the correction. IMO, in fact, very tall buildings (like 80 storeys up) aren't necessarily the defining factor in how a major city makes its most pertinent, dramatic statement.
Harmony among building design on blocks and streets, pedestrian realm, and overall elegance and interest win out. I think Vancouver is starting to present a rather sleek, chic CBD cityscape.
Without 80 storey buildings.
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Old Posted Aug 15, 2019, 5:39 AM
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Australia has cancelled a lot of projects apparently. The building is still inspiring.
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Think #MetroVancouver has too many tall skyscrapers? (I do.) It could be worse. Ex-#Vancouver chief planner Ray Spaxman offers this drawing of our skyline - incl. the world's tallest building: #Dubai's nutty #BurjKhalifa. Makes the #shangrila look puny.
https://twitter.com/DouglasTodd/stat...019145734?s=20

It's ironic that the creator of this image not only regularly opposes new towers Downtown, but also mid-rise buildings and stacked townhomes in other parts of the city as they would take away from the experience of driving into Downtown.

That said, it's a neat creation, and really shows how small Vancouver is.
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Old Posted Sep 23, 2019, 6:40 AM
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that lame alleyway off granville where the orpheum etc is should have been turned over like this one

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Old Posted Sep 23, 2019, 7:33 AM
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Er, not any more it isn't. "Development application, lodged with the Brisbane City Council in December 2015, was approved in May 2016. As of 2019, approval expires in June 2020, Aria’s commercial manager Michael Zaicek told Commercial Real Estate that they “have no intentions for a residential development in the near future” [source: Wikipedia]
Well, Brisbane just got a 90-storey residential tower completed this year: called the Brisbane tower. So yeah.
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Old Posted Sep 23, 2019, 7:37 AM
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that lame alleyway off granville where the orpheum etc is should have been turned over like this one

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Most importantly: only normal-looking people exist there - no yahoos, weirdos or rif-rafs like what we see here.
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Vancouver has been seeing some pretty cool swimming pools being built in the past couple of years. However, nothing compares to this insane 53-floor skyscraper proposal in Los Angeles with long protruding glass-bottom pools all the way to up top!

https://skyrisecities.com/news/2019/...ts-green-light

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Vancouver has been seeing some pretty cool swimming pools being built in the past couple of years. However, nothing compares to this insane 53-floor skyscraper proposal in Los Angeles with long protruding glass-bottom pools all the way to up top!

https://skyrisecities.com/news/2019/...ts-green-light
Very cool. Reminds me of the Jason Statham swimming pool scene in the Mechanic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cImeA35WRgg
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Somewhere, a bunch of window washers are sobbing uncontrollably.
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10 Cool Bridges from Around the World

Admittedly half of them are pedestrian bridges but they're all very inventive.
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Vancouver's buildings could be less boring, more colourful

Cold, grey, and dull.

I'm not talking about Vancouver's weather — I'm talking about its architecture.

Just take a walk along False Creek or Coal Harbour and you'll find yourself surrounded by towers of glass in various inoffensive shades of light grey, blue, and that iconic seafoam green. But what about the rest of the colour spectrum? Why are Vancouver's buildings so lacking in colour?

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/briti...rful-1.5321665
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Vancouver's buildings could be less boring, more colourful

Cold, grey, and dull.

I'm not talking about Vancouver's weather — I'm talking about its architecture.

Just take a walk along False Creek or Coal Harbour and you'll find yourself surrounded by towers of glass in various inoffensive shades of light grey, blue, and that iconic seafoam green. But what about the rest of the colour spectrum? Why are Vancouver's buildings so lacking in colour?

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/briti...rful-1.5321665
Planners are so afraid people will look at the buildings instead of the Northshore mountains that they enact rules to blend the buildings into the grey sky and waters. That's pretty obvious. Same thing applies to the Viewcones policies.
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Planners are so afraid people will look at the buildings instead of the Northshore mountains that they enact rules to blend the buildings into the grey sky and waters. That's pretty obvious. Same thing applies to the Viewcones policies.
The mountains combined with the ocean are Vancouver's uinque selling proposition. if you don't like them you might as well be in Guangzhou.
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The mountains combined with the ocean are Vancouver's uinque selling proposition. if you don't like them you might as well be in Guangzhou.
Perhaps, if you have night vision or see through fog and rain at the northshore mountains all the time. Anyway, you can't change the appearence of the mountains and the water. However, living in the city, you actually spend more time looking at buildings and the downtown skyline: day or night, sunshine or rain. I rather have those made more aesthetically pleasing.
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did he choose to ignore the copper coloured casino?
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Vancouver's buildings could be less boring, more colourful
They're at least trying...
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They're at least trying...
Nice find

ITs not much, (so typical of Vancouver), but I guess we gotta start somewhere...

Maybe in a couple of decades, we'll work up the courage to actually light up some those buildings....(I know, I know, won't someone think of the children, the end is near, etc etc)
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IIRC part of the problem is that more decor = higher construction costs.

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Maybe in a couple of decades, we'll work up the courage to actually light up some those buildings....(I know, I know, won't someone think of the children, the end is near, etc etc)
Whoa, hey, let's not get ahead of ourselves...

On a serious note, downtown at night already looks pretty bright from the inside and outside. I'd be more worried about the colour part.
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This seems like the closest place without starting a new thread.

Architecture film festival comes to Vancouver, highlighting social issues and design
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A film festival focusing on architecture and design is making its Canadian debut in Vancouver, B.C. this week, in a series of events that delve into everything from social issues to esthetic tastes.

Kyle Bergman founded the Architecture & Design Film Festival in New York a decade ago and, since then, it has made the rounds in big cities like New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and New Orleans. This is the first year it comes to Canada.

"Vancouver fits it because it's a beautiful place — it's a great film city and it's really a design capital also," Bergman said.

While many of the featured films are not directly related to the Lower Mainland, the relevance of the topics is not hard to spot.

Push, by award-winning Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten, looks at the housing crisis and why people around the world can't afford to live in their own cities anymore.

"Housing is being treated as a commodity rather than a human right," Bergman told CBC's host of On The Coast Gloria Macarenko.

He compared it to other commodities like gold.

"Gold is a commodity and that's fine. Not everyone has to have gold but we all need housing. It's a really fascinating film that brings up a lot of conversation."

The screening is followed by a panel discussion, in collaboration with the Vancouver Urbanarium Society.

"As architects and designers, we talk to ourselves all the time and it's super interesting. But we're not so good at expanding that conversation," Bergman said.

Anne Pearson, co-producer of the festival and a Vancouver-based architect, is one of the people involved in expanding the conversation.

"There's such a thirst for design films in the city," Pearson said.

She highlighted one of the films, City Dreamers, which focuses on four trail-blazing female architects — Phyllis Lambert, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander and Denise Scott Brown— who transformed city landscapes over the past seven decades.

"They've all had these incredibly long careers as architects and it hasn't always been easy," Pearson said.

"They've come out as such champions of urbanism and architecture and design."

The Architecture and Design Film Festival runs in Vancouver from Thursday, Nov. 7 to Sunday, Nov. 10.
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Yeah, I'd mentioned that in the festivals and events thread. Surprised at the apparent lack of interest...
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