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February 11, 2016 / 7:00 PM
Built City Speaker Series: Capitalism to Craft - Rethinking the Built Environment

The world’s industrial design processes are becoming more precise, more computerized and more perfect.  In contrast, buildings are still hand-made, imperfect and almost crude.  D’Arcy Jones will present recent studio work, highlighting their successes and failures in the pursuit of craft within the limits of contemporary construction. Visual artist, Germaine Koh’s public interventions and urban situations cultivate an active citizenry through play and conceptual provocation. She will present Home Made Home, her project for building small dwellings, which promotes DIY community building and creative strategies for occupying urban space.

Moderated by Adele Weder.

Germaine Koh is an internationally active Canadian visual artist based in Vancouver. Her work is concerned with the significance of everyday exchanges, familiar objects and common places. Koh has been a recipient of the Shadbolt Foundation VIVA Award and a finalist for the Sobey Art Award. Her current projects include League, a regular gathering to play invented sports and games as a practice of collective creative problem-solving, and Home Made Home, an enterprise for building innovative small dwellings. 

D’Arcy Jones heads the award-winning Vancouver D’Arcy Jones Architecture studio.  The studio’s  process is preoccupied with the creation of unique, contextual, and spatial solutions.  On projects of different scales and types, invention and craft are preferential to repertoire and luxury.  Through competitions, design panels, teaching, and lectures, Jones strives to create a practice that is a critical contributor to contemporary culture.

Adele Weder is a Vancouver-based architectural writer who contributes regularly to Architectural Record, Canadian Architect, The Walrus, and other publications across North America and abroad. She is also the curator and coordinator of the exhibition “Ron Thom and the Allied Arts,” which travelled across Canada from 2013 to 2015. Adele is a recipient of the President’s Award in Architectural Journalism and the Metro Vancouver Advocacy Award from the RAIC. She’s a co-author and contributing essayist to books on B.C. Binning, Selwyn Pullan, and others. Her next book project, on Montreal architect Dan Hanganu, will be published by Dalhousie Architectural Press later this year.

Date: February 11

Time: 7:00pm

Admission: Adults $15; Students & Seniors $11; RAIC Members $11; Free for MOV Members.

Purchase tickets: here or call 604-736-7731


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February 19, 2016 / 6:00 PM
Happy Hour: Re-Engaging Vancouver's Water

Presentations, Drinks, and Conversation!

What opportunities exist to create innovative, engaging public spaces in one of Canada’s most densely populated and expensive cities? How can a highly livable city surrounded by unparalleled natural beauty be described as “no fun” or have disengaged, unhappy citizens?

Join us for a lively discussion about what’s possible for Vancouver’s public realm, one that engages the water surrounding Vancouver in new ways. At this event presented by HCMA, people will discover the informed research and creative process behind Coal Harbour Deck (on display in Your Future Home), a project that reclaims Vancouver’s water for a new type of urban space. Visitors can have a look at some other initiatives that HCMA is working on to create and enhance public social spaces, and improve Vancouver’s relationship with water. Access to the Your Future Home exhibition is included with admission to this event.

Following the presentation, Mark Busse will facilitate a discussion about how we can, collectively, create new and engaging public spaces in our city as well as a fun activity with a prize for the best audience contribution! Grab a drink from the cash bar, have a snack, dive in to the issues, and let the ideas and conversation flow!


Date: Friday, February 19

Bar open: 6:00-9:00pm

Presentation begins: 7:00pm

Tickets: Access to Your Future Home included with admission: $15 adults; $11 Students & Seniors; Free for MOV Members. Register here.


Melissa Higgs is an architect and Associate at HCMA.  Melissa is passionate about creating innovative public buildings where communities come together. Her focus has been designing recreation facilities and arts and culture projects, including the Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre in Surrey, BC. She is experienced leading projects at all scales, including functional programs, renovations and expansions. Melissa is a member of the City of Surrey’s Advisory Design Panel and the AIBC’s Diverse Membership Group.

Paul Fast is an architect and Associate at HCMA. Paul’s work is focused on reconnecting people to their environments through the considered use of material, form, space and light. As an Associate, Paul enjoys the initial stages of concept design when site, user and program are defined. His careful consideration of these key decisions helps to shape the outcome of the design and building process for projects including the Coronation Community Recreation Centre in Edmonton as well as the award-winning UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Together, Melissa and Paul have been leading the research HCMA is conducting on the changing nature of outdoor swimming.

Mark Busse is a recovering communication designer and experienced facilitator with a belief that curiosity and conversation can result in built environments that delight and inspire. Mark’s career has put him on the frontier of applying design methods to social and strategic questions in business, community and the arts, and he has been an outspoken design industry writer, speaker and activist, serving on various industry boards, advisory councils, and education programs. He is the host of Creative Mornings Vancouver and Interesting Vancouver.


This MOV Happy Hour event is presented by HCMA.

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Media sponsor: The Tyee.