My Dad told me about this term that’s being used around the globe called, “Vancouverism” and John recently sent me this snapshot from The Guardian: “The regeneration of Vancouver mixes slender, tall towers with low rise buildings and public spaces. An exhibition to celebrate Vancouverism is being held at Canada House in London.”
“Vancouverism is characterized by tall, but widely separated, slender towers interspersed with low-rise buildings, public spaces, small parks and pedestrian-friendly streetscapes and facades to minimize the impact of a high density population.” – The New York Times, December 28, 2005
Not Asia, not Europe, not even North America, but a new kind of city living with elements from all of these – a hybrid that now demands to be taken on its own terms. In the language of city-building, “Vancouverism” is fast replacing “Manhattanism” as the maximum power setting for shaping the humane mixed-use city, important ideas for a new era of scarce energy and diminished natural resources.
The exhibition features architects and engineers such as Arthur Erickson (who did the Law Courts, SFU and the new Ritz Calrton), Bing Thom Architects (award-winning Central City in Surrey among other things), James K.M. Cheng, Fast + Epp Structural Engineers and Trafalgar Timber Construction.
The Vancouverism exhibit will also be moving to Paris in the fall of 2008.