His buildings, sustainable design philosophy, and commitment to public art win the Westbank founder awards and kudos around the world, but at home he’s a polarizing figure.
The mall is facing a restructuring of epic proportions, one that promises to transform it from a humble—though high-performing—retail centre into a “little piece of a microcity.”
Let’s all just agree on this one, at least: no one deserves to spend life atop a garbage dump, living hand to mouth by rifling through the refuse and waste of the better-off. Yet many do—120 million, in fact, according to World Housing, a Vancouver-based initiative that’s made it their mission to do something about it.
Douglas Coupland wrote fondly about his hometown when he dubbed Vancouver the “City of Glass”, a nickname that caught on quickly for its accuracy in defining the skyline. The same glass towers have also been the subjects of criticism that urban uniformity leaves something to be desired.