Some selected pictures of residential highrise development around the region, taken in the last month or so. See anything in common?
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City of North Vancouver
Granville Slopes (Downtown South)
New Yaletown (Downtown South)
Beach (Downtown South)
Grey, grey, grey- running the gamut from blue-grey to green-grey.
PT has asked before: why is grey the default colour for developers and architects in Vancouver, and why has it been that way for half a century?
The last remnants of Expo ’86
In 2009, Vancouver writer Doug Copeland titled us “City of Glass.” It’s our cliche.
Is it because it’s the cheapest alternative? Is it considered inoffensive, the curtain-wall equivalent of beige? Is it our culture – a desire to not stand out in a climate that itself is mild and grey?
I asked urban planner Michael Mortensen for this theory, and he in turn passed the question around to architects, planners and developers. Here’s the first response:
“ If I had to guess, it’s because grey blends with darkened windows and this is a way of disguising the many millions required by the Window Wall manufacturers (it is a crappy system that has endless limitations on panel sizes that can be achieved).
Vancouvers residential towers look very much alike not because of a lack of imagination, it’s because we are all sentenced to work with cheapest of building systems.
But that’s just a guess . . .”
More to come. PT welcomes your theories and responses as well.