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 survey 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 pioneering design principles that would become known as West Coast Modernism. This movement, which continues to influence design practice today, was first recognized in the 1941 construction of the B.C. Binning House, designed by renowned British Columbia artist Bertram Charles Binning, with consulting architects C.E. Ned Pratt and R.A.D. Berwick.

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. As the influence of these principles continue to permeate practice today, this survey expands to explore how this movement has carried forward to engage future generations of designers.

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