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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 the speed of development.” Architect Gregory Henriquez

(Kerry Gold. 2011. A garden in the sky in the heart of Vancouver. Globe and Mail (West Coast edition): November 29, 2011.)

Is the problem ‘the speed of the development’ or rather the political economy economy of the development that scrimps on assessment, design, and benefits to neighbourhoods?