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Tuesday
Apr032012

call for entries: the 100 mile house

photo by: A tea but no e What: The 100 Mile House
When: by 5:00 pm, April 19, 2012
Who: The Architecture Foundation of BC

With an international call for entries, this competition truly allows one to think outside the box—outside the four walls of a typical home—
but not outside a 100 mile radius of Vancouver.

When settlers built structures to live in for long periods of time, it was a low-tech time
—materials were rudimentary and distribution was a challenge without local hardware stores—and necessity was the Mother of invention so only local materials were used.

Today’s home can be technologically advanced, and its systems managed electronically from the other side of the world, but what if the logic of the present was challenged? Promoted by The Architecture Foundation of British Columbia, that’s exactly the goal—to potentially change the way, the how and the what homes are built of and how we live in them.

Big ideas require that no rules restrict the creative process, so budgets and local zoning limitations will be lifted—and since it’s quite possible that one brilliant idea might cause the rules to change and allow for greater advances in any geographic area—let the competition begin!

Friday
Feb172012

our neighborhood: vancouver

photo by: David Paul OhmerOriginally the settlement of Gastown, then the town of Granville, Vancouver lies strategically on the coast of the Salish Sea within British Columbia. The sixth and westernmost province of Canada, BC was named by Queen Victoria in 1858—and its capital is Victoria in her honor.

The first people, or aboriginal ancestors, of Vancouver are the First Nations, Inuit and Métis—whose presence dates back 8000-10,000 years.

Unique to the area, their totem poles tell a real or mythical story and each animal has significance—to the people and to the land. Located in Stanley Park, a collection of eight totem poles are protected and their stories interpreted.

It wasn’t until the late 1700s that the first noted European explorers arrived separately—an officer of the British Royal Navy, George Vancouver, and José María Narváez of Spain one year earlier.

From England to Cape Town, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and China—Vancouver’s expedition chartered unknown waters and surveyed coastlines of the Pacific Northwest which includes the states of Oregon and Washington, all the way to Alaska. Being the ‘first’ to arrive, Vancouver named the main harbor area, the Burrard Inlet, after his friend Sir Harry Burrard.

As head of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1884, American William Van Horne urged the adoption of the name ‘Vancouver’—which was already a famous and memorable name—and he urged the CPR to use the Granville location as a key hub which would eventually open up the Canadian West to trade and tourism.

photo by: Vancouver 125A key point in the trade route between Asia, Eastern Canada, and London, Vancouver grew quickly as it also exported its natural resources—in 1884, wooden beams 112’ long and 28” square were shipped from from local sawmills to Beijing’s Imperial Palace.

Thanks to the Vancouver Film Office, the city is the third largest film production center in the world and is often referred to as ‘Hollywood North’. Over the years it’s been the site of many film productions including Legends of the Fall, Elf, Tron, and I Robot.

Today it’s home to the television series Alcatraz and Once Upon a Time and the Vancouver Film School which will ensure the industry continues to thrive.

Tomorrow, our second store in Canada, CB2 Vancouver, opens in the historic Robson neighborhood of Vancouver. We hope to see you there!

photo by: flyfshrmn98