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Vancouver’s City Market in 1908

Vancouver’s City Market built on piers at what is today Main & East 1st Avenue. Opened in 1908 on what was then Westminster Avenue (and what became Main Street after roughly 1910), this market was on False Creet just west of what was then the False Creek Bridge.

Vancouver’s Great Fire soon after its incorporation in 1886


1996 aerial views of a Vancouver Peninsula far less dense than today

Vancouver-based Coupeletat recently appropriated a 1996 promotional video of the Government of the Province of British Columbia entitled “Over Beautiful British Columbia” — with aerial views of the Vancouver Peninsula that are far less dense than today.

The Vancouver Renters Union position on Railtown Studios (321 Railway Street Vancouver)


The 2nd Annual CRAFT PRIDE PROCESSION, Stratchona - Chinatown, Vancouver

CRAFT PRIDE PROCESSION was created in Vancouver, Canada, in 2011.
“We came together as a small collective to share our passion for textiles, process art and craftivism.
We were inspired by Lacey Jane Roberts, who has connected queer theory and craft in a very intelligent and creative way. The result of this is the Procession through which [...]

“Vancouver is an instant city…” stated Architect Gregory Henriquez

“Vancouver is an instant city,” says Mr. Henriquez, with a snap of his fingers. “There’s a repetition to all of that stuff that’s very cookie cutter.
It lacks the idiosyncratic nature of those cities that have evolved over a larger period of time. It’s not the fault of the architecture – it’s the fault of [...]

“Vancouver’s waterfront has been ruined by its new communities of high-rise towers…designed for people who don’t want much to happen in front of them.” Fred Kent 2011

“Most designers are into their own ego rather than creating something remarkably human,” says Fred Kent, who founded the New York-based Project for Public Spaces (PPS) in the 1970s after helping to chart the behaviour of people in streets and parks with groundbreaking sociologist William H. Whyte.

Their research resulted in The Social Life of [...]

Squatting in ‘Vancouverism’: Public art & architecture after the Winter Olympics 1/3

PDF copy of this article: ingram-2010-squatting-in-vancouverism1

Ken Lum’s from shangri-la to shangri-la, 2010 site-specific installation, Vancouver, photograph by Gordon Brent Ingram

Part 1 of 3

Public art was part of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver; there was some funding, some media coverage, and a few sites were transformed. What were the new spaces created and modes [...]

Squatting in ‘Vancouverism’: Public art & architecture after the Winter Olympics 2/3

PDF copy of this article: ingram-2010-squatting-in-vancouverism3

Ken Lum’s from shangri-la to shangri-la, 2010 site-specific installation, Vancouver, photograph by Gordon Brent Ingram

part 2 of 3

fragment of Stan Douglas’s “Abbott and Cordova, 7th August 1971″ (2009) Inkjet in Laminate Glass photograph by Gordon Brent Ingram

Public art and community memory under Vancouverism
So how can public art [...]

Squatting in ‘Vancouverism’: Public art & architecture after the Winter Olympics 3/3

PDF copy of article: ingram-2010-squatting-in-vancouverism
Ken Lum’s from shangri-la to shangri-la, 2010 site-specific installation, Vancouver, photograph by Gordon Brent Ingram part 3 of 3

The multiplicity of publics in Vancouver’s public art: Coming Soon?
One of the first conversations of the kinds of difficult choices that will be necessary [...]

False Creek: Public Art and / versus Real Estate Marketing | Collective Memory and / versus historical editing | Cultural production and / versus heritage markers

Since the first cities, public space has been a mash-up of art and advertising, fun and high culture, and remembering and forgetting. Many of the cultural (and political) stories and messages of communities, especially their elites, are transmitted through how public art and memorial works fits into and transforms adjacent urban space. So the environmental, [...]

John Greyson returns to the scene of the crime (one more time)

John Greyson’s contribution to the celebrated 2008 film Rex vs. Singh [1] centred on re-imagining the proceedings that took place historic Court House in downtown Vancouver. Today, the building where those repressive trials [2] took place houses the Vancouver Art Gallery.
John met me on a warm summer afternoon and we reflected on how this region [...]

Retheorizing the So-called ‘Gay Ghetto’ of Vancouver’s West End

Vancouver’s West End in the upper left of this image from Google Earth**
This essay in now in press.* Part of this essay is available in the PDF file that has been posted here. ingram-2009-retheorizing-the-so-called-gay-ghetto-of-vancouvers-west-end
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Can interdisciplinary sciences such as landscape ecology, fields of inquiry that fully engage natural and social sciences, be adapted for better [...]

The re-emergence of Vancouver’s wooden streets

After long, wet winters, such as this year’s, Vancouver’s old wooden streets that were built little more than a century ago and that have been barely covered in asphalt, begin to re-emerge. These artifacts of the area’s old growth forests, that are primarily scraps of Douglas fir, were found on Railway Street, just west of [...]

Returning to the Scene of the Crime — Again and again: Vancouver’s unresolved legacy of anti-Sikh entrapments & trials for supposed ‘gross indecency’

A copy of this posting is available in a PDF file: returning-to-the-scene-of-the-crime-again-again-designs-for-the-terminal-city-21-august-2008
The following is  compilation of my notes for and contributions to the 39 minute video made in 2008, Rex vs. Singh[1] that was first screened this week in Vancouver as part of the Out on Screen, Vancouver Queer Film Festival.

The convergence of the early [...]

Alexander & Columbia Streets, Gastown, Vancouver


Spontaneous sculpture park on railroad tracks at Union and Glen Streets, Vancouver


The original (1886) plan for Vancouver projected from the studio of Birmingham & Wood, Carroll and Cordova Street, Vancouver