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“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 [...]

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

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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

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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

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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 [...]

andesite & after: Interview with Annabel Vaughan + Rob Brownie by Gordon Brent Ingram

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andesite cladding, south side of the Vancouver Art Gallery photograph by Gordon Brent Ingram
Annabel Vaughan and Rob Brownie authored one of the more intriguing essays in the 2008 anthology on local sites, materials, cultures, and designs, Vancouver Matters.[i] Andesite is a hard volcanic rock that [...]

Bad things in the biosphere: Environmental crises as narrative [Re-casting The Terminal City (part 1)] * Reviews of H2Oil, Home, Island of Dreams, The Age of Stupid, and The Beekeepers

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There have been bad things threatening human communities since people have tried to get along. The line between natural menaces and human hubris is the stuff of culture and stories in particular. There are human threats, sins such as avarice, and then natural threats such as from hungry beasts.  Lately the pantheon [...]

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 [...]