In Vancouver’s City of Glass Punchy Designs and a Little Showmanship Go a Long Way

by Christopher DeWolf
South China Morning Post, Sep 2, 2015

Vancouver House has won praise for its honeycomb facade. Courtesy of South China Morning Post, photos from Westbank Corp, Bjarke Ingels Group(Image: Vancouver House has won praise for its honeycomb facade. Courtesy of South China Morning Post, photos from Westbank Corp, Bjarke Ingels Group)

When Douglas Coupland called Vancouver the “City of Glass” in a 2000 book of the same name, the moniker stuck – not because the author/artist was making some kind of metaphorical statement about the city’s character, but because it was literally true.

Vancouver’s housing boom, which started in the mid-1980s and has continued until now, with few interruptions, has left it with a thicket of glass-walled apartment towers that seem almost apologetic about their intrusion into the city’s beautiful natural surroundings. Read more…

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