Well, we certainly like our architectural highballs – but there are a lot of people who think we have an addiction.
“You guys do high-rises very nicely, but you’re sort of drunk on high-rises,” ULI expert Dick Reynolds said when visiting Vancouver in February, noting they just don’t fit in some neighbourhoods. “You don’t need towers everywhere.”
I ran into a chap over the weekend who was convinced that the City is approving almost nothing else. Highrises everywhere. I suggested, if he could, that he might take a look at the agenda of the Urban Design Panel, to see what is actually getting built in addition to the high-profile projects like Vancouver House and Oakridge.
So here, for his convenience, are all the recent projects that came before the panel on March 12, as reported in Novae Res Urbis:
And here’s a prediction: as the Cambie Corridor gets built out, with a consistent row of medium-rise buildings for block after block after block, critics will be disparaging the monotony of a single form, the failure to take advantage of topography and views, and the need for, yup, the occasional highrise consistent with our architectural heritage.