Nature & Public Spaces
March 26, 2021

Vancouver in Miniature

Michael Geller passes this along:

A major city portrayed in miniature, this short film was shot in Vancouver over a single year from many stunning vantage points. Visually spellbinding, it has an intuitive sense of the cadences of urban life and provides a different perspective on what it means to live in a great metropolis.

A lovely way to end the week – the city before the pandemic.


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The City in Colour Coop is a team of interdisciplinary urban scholars, community organizers, visual artists and designers comprised of women from diverse identities and backgrounds. They asked communities to tell them: “What are the three words that describe their 2020.  We got 50 submission in different languages – English, Farsi, Japanese and Spanish, from Canada, Iran, Peru and Scotland.”

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From Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Marcel Steeman, a regional councillor in the Netherlands, is the voice behind hundreds of people advocating for more bike friendly cities—in the Lego world.

According to The Verge, while playing with Lego with his children he realized that the toy’s city designs were extremely car-centric, with tiny sidewalks and no bike lanes. The designs particularly stood out to him as they didn’t resemble the reality of bike-friendly Dutch streets (or the Danish streets of Lego’s home country for that matter). …

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Covid times have made us see our streets differently, and also arguably who is there. The usual task of walking down a sidewalk takes on a new stress to ensure that you have given adequate clearance to other sidewalk users.

But what would you do if you ran into this lady and her avatar?

As reported by Sara Barnes  on My Modern Met, Yarn Artist LIisa Hietanen took things to another level when she created  “life-sized knitted and crocheted sculptures”  and  “replicas of her fellow villagers in Hämeenkyrö, Finland. ”

Using metal for the bases and wrapping them the figures look pretty life-like from a distance. And to prove she has a sense of humour, the artist created one of herself walking her dog. You can see that photo in the start of this article.

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Graphic artist and writer Stanley Woodvine has a good eye for design and form and he has achieved what so many has wished for: he has “righted”  Bjarke Ingel’s Vancouver House. Not once, but twice.

As Mr. Woodvine writes on his twitter account at @sqwabb  

“seen from Fairview, the scoop out of the lower East side of Vancouver House tower condo has been filled by a perfectly rectilinear tower newly positioned behind it”.

Using his camera at Alder and 11th Avenue, Mr. Woodvine completes the work in the photo below stating:

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For data nerds out there, this must be familiar – but for those who haven’t seen Canada’s population clock from StatsCan, you must check it out.  Fascinating, and a little spooky.

Click to see it in real-time action.

This population clock models in real time changes to the size of the Canadian population and the provinces and territories. However, population estimates and Census counts are the measures used to determine the size of the population in the context of various governmental programs.

Spooky?  When a single death occurs, the province in which it occurs lights up in red, and you can watch the total change.  A case where a statistic can be a tragedy.

There are all kinds of fascinating shifts in the data, like this:

10:43:02 AM EST: 1 interprovincial migrant, from Nova Scotia (population: 980,987) to Ontario (population: 14,794,605)

It provokes questions you’d like answers for: Why are there (at least at this moment) seemingly way more emigrants than immigrants?  Where are they going?  And why is there one ‘m’ in emigrant and two in immigrant?

Observations welcome.

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