Hong Kong: Cultural Heritage Conservation in a City of Change – Part 5: Living City Killers

Ho-Yin Lee and Lynne DiStefano ended off their talk with Four Principles to Conservation and Ten Living City Killers. 4 Principles to Conservation Managing the pace of change (environmental sustainability) allowing for continuity of social and physical fabric (social sustainability) support urban community’s cultural heritage (cultural sustainability) protect tangible and intangible heritage most valued to direct stakeholders (political sustainability) Living City Killers The Nostalgic City … Continue reading Hong Kong: Cultural Heritage Conservation in a City of Change – Part 5: Living City Killers

Canada Line could open in August

Canada Line could open in August. Here’s some exciting news for transit users and transit buffs.  If the Canada Line opens early in August, we can take advantage of the convenience and speed of the line earlier. As I have visited Richmond in the past month or so, I’ve seen quite a few trains running back and forth along the tracks overhead.  The stations are … Continue reading Canada Line could open in August

Harper, Campbell make Evergreen Line funding announcement

Harper, Campbell make Evergreen Line funding announcement. I must be missing something here.  The article is noting a $173 million dollar shortfall on funding.  It’s great that the federal government is pitching in $350 million for the now $1.4 billion project, but why can’t the governments pitch in a little more for their portion. A $173 million shortfall would be significant given that TransLink is … Continue reading Harper, Campbell make Evergreen Line funding announcement

Hong Kong: Cultural Heritage Conservation in a City of Change – Part 4: Wan Chai case study

Lynne DiStefano and Ho-Yin Lee continued their lecture on cultural heritage conservation in Hong Kong.  Their example location of what is happening nowadays in Hong Kong was the Wan Chai district. The Wan Chai I know is all towers, especially the large Immigration Tower near the waterfront.  Behind that is the impressive shell of the Convention Centre that seems to float in Victoria Harbour. They … Continue reading Hong Kong: Cultural Heritage Conservation in a City of Change – Part 4: Wan Chai case study

Design the Next Vancouver :: News :: thetyee.ca

Design the Next Vancouver :: News :: thetyee.ca. The Tyee with FormShift Vancouver have put together the first public architectural contest since neo-Roman colosseum Library Square was selected over 15 years ago (Has it been that long??) They are looking at 3 different scenarios. 1. A mixed-use site along a major Vancouver street that includes a rapid transit station. ($6,000 to the winner.) 2. A … Continue reading Design the Next Vancouver :: News :: thetyee.ca

Hong Kong: Cultural Heritage Conservation in a City of Change – Part 3: from tangible to intangible heritage

Intangible Heritage: UNESCO-CULTURE As Lynne and Ho Yin continued their talk, they turned to the UNESCO definition of heritage.  They didn’t quote the UNESCO website directly, but it captures the essence of what they were expressing. Cultural heritage is not limited to material manifestations, such as monuments and objects that have been preserved over time. This notion also encompasses living expressions and the traditions that … Continue reading Hong Kong: Cultural Heritage Conservation in a City of Change – Part 3: from tangible to intangible heritage

Half-billion dollar downtown Vancouver Ritz-Carlton project dead

Half-billion dollar downtown Vancouver Ritz-Carlton project dead I’m not sure if I should say the termination of the Ritz-Carlton project is a good thing or bad thing.  Some may say that high end luxury hotel-condo project has no place in Vancouver.  At the same time, the site that it would have occupied is now going to be an empty lot.  Mind you, the empty lot … Continue reading Half-billion dollar downtown Vancouver Ritz-Carlton project dead

Hong Kong: Cultural Heritage Conservation in a City of Change – Part 2: The Policy Saga

Architectural Conservation Programme at the University of Hong Kong Lynne DiStefano and Ho-Yin Lee continued their talk on cultural heritage conservation by givng the policy context in Hong Kong.  They start with the first post-handover administration starting in 1997. TAKE 1 Tung Chee-Hwa was the first post-colonial Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Hong Kong SAR).  Under all of the new policy … Continue reading Hong Kong: Cultural Heritage Conservation in a City of Change – Part 2: The Policy Saga

Hong Kong: Cultural Heritage Conservation in a City of Change – Part 1

SFU City Program – Free Public Lectures Architectural Conservation Programme at the University of Hong Kong I had the pleasure of attending this recent lecture at SFU Harbour Centre.  It was hosted by Heritage BC and SFU.  They invited two professionals and academics in the field of hertiage conservation in Hong Kong: Lynne DiStefano and Ho Yin Lee.  It was a very interesting lecture and … Continue reading Hong Kong: Cultural Heritage Conservation in a City of Change – Part 1

Illuminate Yaletown

Illuminate Yaletown – Feb 21, 2009 – starting 5:29pm This event looks like an exciting new annual get-together with a lot of potential.  I think these kind of free public events are great.  This would be similar to the Nocturne event that I attended in Halifax where you wander and find different art installations.  I think these kind of events are great for the community … Continue reading Illuminate Yaletown