There’s an interesting interview in the TYEE with English architect Alain de Botton and his ‘first impression’ of architecture in Vancouver.
“Lots has gone wrong with these condominiums. There’s just too many of them. I guess it’s just a matter of people pulling the levers. The condominium structure is never going to be all that inspiring. The best of them are done with touches that are out of the ordinary. And I haven’t found any evidence of that. I found that they are standard-issue stuff. And I think it is ruining the city. I think as an outsider it is clearly, clearly wrong. It’s a real pity.”
I wonder how much demand there is for stand-out design in Vancouver. We do tend to have a ‘sameness’ to our condo tower architecture, and there is something to his point that tourists tend to gravitate to the unique rather than the ‘same’.