Exploring Vancouver: The Architectural Guide

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D & M Publishers, Apr 27, 2012 - Travel - 336 pages
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Vancouver's streetscapes and neighbourhoods have changed drastically in recent years. New buildings representing current architectural trends are mixing with and often replacing those of earlier eras and tastes, and a maturing architectrual melange is emerging. This book invites the reader to explore the city's continually evolving urban landscape in a highly readable, yet authoritative, guide to its architecture.

In this completely updated edition of Exploring Vancouver, with brand-new entries and accompanying photographs, Harold Kalman and Robin Ward have divided the city (including the North Shore, Richmond, Burnaby and New Westminster) into fourteen areas, selecting buildings and structures in these neighbourhoods that represent the best exakmples of the new and old architecture. Each area is preceded by an informative introduction that provides historical context for the entries that follow.

There are over 400 entries, each featuring a short description that combines architectural, historical and social commentary. The prose is lively as the authors consider the new and the old, the modest and the grand, the attractive and the not-so-attractive in a wide-ranging work that encompasses everything from heritage to "monster" homes.

This book is designed as a walking tour guide, with a map of each area showing the location of every entry.

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Kalman ripping off earlier work of his students for his own glory.
Watch for numerous mentions of "Temple banks"
Nice for colour, but needs salt so as not to believe all the stuff.
There is/was so much more. Compare to earlier volumes.
Canadian Architect also sponsored a guide.
Still not enough vernacular architecture featured.

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Be sure to also take a look at the 1974 and 1993 editions of this book for comparisons of buildings as well as ones that are no longer with us. The updated 2012 edition looks impressive: earlier versions didn't have colour in them!


Mount Pleasant
South Vancouver
False Creek
The West Side
The University
North Vancouver
Richmond New Westminster

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About the author (2012)

Harold Kalman is a specialist in architectural history and heritage conservation. Born in Montreal, he received his education at Princeton University with additional training in conservation at Cornell University and York in the UK. He is currently the BC representative on the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. He is the author of many standard texts on architecture and conservation and teaches these subjects at the University of Hong Kong (where he is Honorary Professor of Architecture) and the University of Victoria.

Robin Ward is an architectural critic and writer, artist, graphic designer, and historian. Born in Glasgow, he studied at the Glasgow School of Art, a building that inspired his fascination with architecture, and worked a design manager for the BBC and a freelance writer and book-designer in London. He moved to Vancouver in 1988, a city which he had first visited in 1972. He is a Canadian citizen resident in Edinburgh.

John Roaf has specialized in architectural photography for 40 years. He was born and educated in Vancouver, and studied architecture at the University of British Columbia. John is a Canadian citizen resident in Chichester, UK.

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