Places: Modern West Coast Buildings + Projects is an ongoing survey of significant and influential modern west coast architecture, landscape architecture, public art, and other projects of the allied arts. The work takes the midcentury modernist period of the Greater Vancouver region as its point of departure, a time when the west coast of Canada was fertile ground for experimentation and innovation in design principles that would become known as West Coast Modernism. With strong connections to the architectural legacy of modernism on the North American west coast, West Coast Modernism became a distinct iteration of the movement that lead to the transformation of design culture in Canada’s westernmost metropolitan region.

The influence of the initial movement continues today in contemporary practice and this survey expands to explore how the thread of these design principles has carried forward to influence future generations.

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