Vancouver Maneuvers

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February 26, 2009
Originally published in The Craft of Design
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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.
    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.
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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.
    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.
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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.”
    “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.”
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  The interior of the Museum of Anthropology, created by Vancouver architect Arthur Erickson.
    The interior of the Museum of Anthropology, created by Vancouver architect Arthur Erickson.
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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.
    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.
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  Lavish tile treatment and intricately-etched elevator doors are found inside the Art Deco Marine Building.
    Lavish tile treatment and intricately-etched elevator doors are found inside the Art Deco Marine Building.
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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.
    “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.
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  The Salt Tasting Room is the perfect place for a nightcap after a long day of seeing the sights.
    The Salt Tasting Room is the perfect place for a nightcap after a long day of seeing the sights.
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