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An outsider architect helps add to the fabric of Vancouverism

February 29th, 2012 · 11 Comments

We don’t get many prominent non-Vancouver architects doing business in this city. Our best-known ones — Arthur Erickson, Bing Thom, James Cheng, Peter Busby, Gregory and Richard Henriquez — have generated a lot of star power on their own.

But the city is about to see a radically new element in its downtown fabric, with developer Ian Gillespie’s decision to bring in high-profile Danish architect Bjarke Ingels to do an unusual project next to the Granville Bridge.

I got to interview Bjarke and hear more from both him, Gillespie and city planners past and present about what they’re hoping this building will do.

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