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Authenticity, sweet confection

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Another passage from Erve Chambers’s Native Tours (which I mentioned in Monday’s post) struck me today. I agree with Chambers’s thinking, and want to relate it to the City of Victoria’s maneuverings around heritage and tourism. But first, Chambers (I’ve added several emphases in bold): We need to ask at this point whether there are […]

Philippe Lucas on Victoria’s Public Market: oh the irony

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Last night I attended PechaKucha Night Victoria (Volume 3), where City of Victoria Councillor Philippe Lucas was supposed to give a presentation about efforts underway to get a permanent covered farmers’ market set up in the city. Lucas’s perky presentation featured a number of holiday snaps taken in exotic locales where people still eat local […]

Arresting perspective: Johnson Street Bridge integral to Victoria’s Old Town

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

A photo of the Johnson Street Bridge, as seen looking west on Johnson St., shows how integral the bridge is to the fabric of Victoria’s Old Town. Destroy the bridge, and you destroy Old Town, too.

In Boston, where jail is “Liberty”

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Tonight I saw a most impressive example of adaptive re-use in built form: the former Charles Street Jail, next to MGH (Massachusetts General Hospital) on the banks of the River Charles, turned into a stunning luxury hotel (the Liberty) that looks for all the world like a Jeunesse dorée hotspot. Here’s a link to the […]

Gertrude Stein might agree: -ectomy is an ectomy is an ectomy

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Vornado Realty Trust destroyed Boston’s key downtown area. Damage done (courtesy of Vornado), are innovative repair options even possible?

Change vs Development: Is there a difference?

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

The way to make sure absolutely that all you ever get is utter crap change is to resist development at every turn: that’s almost guaranteed to deliver nasty surprises.

Preservation is inherently sustainable

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Barbara Campagna, chief architect at the National Trust, is a sustainability expert. She was in Victoria last week to talk about preservation as sustainability. But will Campagna’s message reach Victoria on the issue of the Johnson Street Bridge?

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Victoria’s Johnson Street Bridge has significant heritage value – Journal of Commerce Surprised to see that Victoria’s Johnson Street Bridge made it into the “Journal of Commerce – Western Canada’s Construction Newspaper” (Jan.25/10) …for its heritage value (not its potential as a mega-replacement construction project)! Right on. (Would love to know the story behind JSB’s […]

Work and city planning

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

There’s a new exhibition at Victoria’s LegacyGallery, a UVic-affiliated downtown art venue. It’s called From a Modern Time: the architectural photography of Hubert Norbury, Victoria in the 1950s and 60s (the link goes to the Legacy Gallery’s “Upcoming” page – no specific web info otherwise). On Vibrant Victoria, a forumer posted a pointer to the […]

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