A lively tour of Vancouver's finest and internationally acclaimed architecture from the past 20 years.
Illustrated with 160 full-colour photographs and 40 architects' drawings, and accompanied by critical writings that position Vancouver in the broader context of urban development, this new book in the series takes readers on a visual tour of the city's most important recent design accomplishments. It evokes a generation of building that represents a period of unprecedented growth, beginning with Expo 86 and continuing through the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Drawing on the success of A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Montreal, this book features buildings and public spaces grouped by areas, with maps so that a visitor can create walking tours, including downtown Vancouver, Richmond, the North Shore, Kitsilano, the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. The convenient size and format, including an index, allows a visitor to put this guidebook in a pocket and go.
"This pocket-sized book features 160 colour photographs and 40 architectural drawings. Each project is presented through a description, photographs and a list of details that include the architect, address and public access...Viewed together as a collection they create an impression of a city where form and function are both appreciated."
"The Guidebook does not disappoint either as a tourist's guide to contemporary Vancouver architecture, or as a folio for the local Vancouverite...it makes for an indispensable reference for local architects and designers, historians and teachers alike. Most importantly, with A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Vancouver completing the set on the nation's three largest cities, these books contest to a continuing thriving industry of national architecture...and are a testament to the talent, new and old, that collectively defines our architectural culture."
"Macdonald has captured many...'moments of brilliance' in A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture, a new pocket-size book dedicated to the memory of Erickson...Each [building] is presented with a capsule description accompanied by lush photography."
"Vancouver is unequivocally a fascinating work in progress...as a laboratory for experimental research in architecture and the public realm, there are bound to be positive results, numerous examples of which are contained in this thoughtfully prepared guidebook."