I share many of Gordon Price’s concerns with the new Telus building. Personally I don’t think the overhanging box should have been approved. Public places include the space above them in my opinion.
I overlooked one major issue in my previous note that will prevent some of the potentially best informed people from helping us solve what I am calling “The Telus Case”. While, in a later note, I will go further into what best equips people to discuss urban planning and especially urban design, we may not have the benefit of a good debate involving architects.
Architecture is the profession which you might believe is most likely to be equipped through their arduous training and experience to help us deal with issues of building a city. Yet the profession is very sensitive about allowing architects to criticise colleagues’ products. It came home to me quite forcibly, many years ago, when a good friend of mine, an eminent architect, inadvertently criticised a building in town when being interviewed about what he thought about architecture in Vancouver. He was reprimanded by the professional institute…
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