December 23, 2015

The Good The Bad and the Just Plain Memorable

 
It is the end of the year, a time to reminisce and the time for a new category of awards, that in honour of Gordon Price I would like to call “The Gordies”.
The Gordies are  awards for the good, the bad, the ugly, and the just plain memorable Metro Vancouver planning and transportation moments of 2015.
Gordon Price is a champion of open discussion on all things urban and moving in Metro Vancouver on Price Tags. Price Tags has documented an eventful year with  the defeat of the Transportation Referendum, the unveiling of the  new Vancouver Art Gallery Design, the Massey Bridge, and many other stories. What has most inspired and what has most dismayed you in 2015 in Metro Vancouver?
 
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To get started, I am attaching from Curb.com the New York City Annual Curbed Awards, handed out to the “most deserving people, places and things in the real estate, architecture and neighbourhood universes of New York City”.
 
http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2015/12/21/nyc_urban_planning_in_2015_the_good_the_bad_
Please send your nominations for the Gordies in the following Greater Vancouver categories:
The Good: Best Metro Vancouver architecture/planning/transportation story of the year with a happy ending.
The Bad: Metro Vancouver architecture/planning/transportation story of the year on the not so happy spectrum.
The Ugly  or Most Puzzling: Most overrated  or questionable architecture/planning/transportation story of the year.
Please comment below or send your missives to PT.Guested@gmail.com

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  1. Off the top of my head…
    Good
    Viaduct plan, it’s not perfect but positive on the whole.
    Surrey’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy.
    Art, fun little art project on Main between 29th and Cambie and many more.
    Bad
    Continued sprawl in the burbs.
    Transit gongshow.
    Generic architecture/colours/design in new mid-rise buildings (Cambie Corridor! The NE corner of the development at 29th and Cambie is horrible–it screams gated community/telling me to screw off)
    Public consultation/processes in general in all cities. There’s got to be a better way.
    The gawdawful mall sprawlplex out by the ferries.
    Puzzling
    Bike lane hate on, I mean really, who cares.
    Vancouver and its CAC process couldn’t be less transparent and I don’t know why they refuse to improve it.
    The continual disconnect between what politicians at all levels say and what they do.

  2. Sandy. – I love this idea! For a well-established precedent, folks may want to check out the San Diego Architectural Foundation’s Orchid and Onions award program – see http://www.orchidsandonions.org.
    I agree with Don above about the transit referendum horror show. Nothing can compare with how badly conceived and executed this idea was. Thank you yet again, Provincial Liberals.
    Right behind it I nominate the same government’s “plan” for the 10-lane Massey Tunnel replacement. Talk about sprawl-inducing! Their hate-on for Vancouver continues.
    All the best for a better 2016, people.

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