Vancouver Maneuvers

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February 26, 2009

Vancouver, British Columbia, offers a dramatic natural setting, but as Omer Arbel shows us, there’s more to the city of glass than an immaculate reflection.

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  Nicknamed “Hollywood North,” Vancouver has become a favored filming spot for innumerable movies due to an offering of tax breaks, temperate climate, and attractive appearance. But more than just a pretty face, the city is currently in the midst of a frenzy of design activity and urban development.  Photo by: João Canziani
    Nicknamed “Hollywood North,” Vancouver has become a favored filming spot for innumerable movies due to an offering of tax breaks, temperate climate, and attractive appearance. But more than just a pretty face, the city is currently in the midst of a frenzy of design activity and urban development.

    Photo by: João Canziani

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  With the Coast Mountains in the background and the Strait of Georgia in the foreground, there’s no bad view if you live in one of Vancouver’s many midrises.  Photo by: João Canziani
    With the Coast Mountains in the background and the Strait of Georgia in the foreground, there’s no bad view if you live in one of Vancouver’s many midrises.

    Photo by: João Canziani

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  “Many of Erickson’s buildings have a cold Brutalism about them; [with the Museum of Anthropology] he’s achieved a balance between that with the warmth in his treatment of windows,” says Omer Arbel. “The way the light comes in is almost a mystical experience.”  Photo by: João Canziani
    “Many of Erickson’s buildings have a cold Brutalism about them; [with the Museum of Anthropology] he’s achieved a balance between that with the warmth in his treatment of windows,” says Omer Arbel. “The way the light comes in is almost a mystical experience.”

    Photo by: João Canziani

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  The interior of the Museum of Anthropology, created by Vancouver architect Arthur Erickson.  Photo by: João Canziani
    The interior of the Museum of Anthropology, created by Vancouver architect Arthur Erickson.

    Photo by: João Canziani

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  A masterful tribute to both aquatic ardor and to the intricacies of carving by hand, the Marine Building remains a well-preserved piece of Vancouver’s Art Deco past.  Photo by: João Canziani
    A masterful tribute to both aquatic ardor and to the intricacies of carving by hand, the Marine Building remains a well-preserved piece of Vancouver’s Art Deco past.

    Photo by: João Canziani

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  Lavish tile treatment and intricately-etched elevator doors are found inside the Art Deco Marine Building.  Photo by: João Canziani
    Lavish tile treatment and intricately-etched elevator doors are found inside the Art Deco Marine Building.

    Photo by: João Canziani

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  “Things that happen in other cities in five or ten years happen here in half a year,” says Arbel, pointing to Gastown as one example of rapid recent development.  Photo by: João Canziani
    “Things that happen in other cities in five or ten years happen here in half a year,” says Arbel, pointing to Gastown as one example of rapid recent development.

    Photo by: João Canziani

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  The Salt Tasting Room is the perfect place for a nightcap after a long day of seeing the sights.  Photo by: João Canziani
    The Salt Tasting Room is the perfect place for a nightcap after a long day of seeing the sights.

    Photo by: João Canziani

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