Westbank has built a practice around long-term commitments to artistry, sustainability and city-building. These commitments underlie an orientation towards projects like Woodwards, Vancouver House, Mirvish Village, Telus Garden and Oakridge – catalysts for larger change that go beyond the borders of the projects themselves. We are here to create. To provoke. To ignite. We are the vehicle for a new movement of cultural expression.

As the practice matures, we have become more ambitious. With every new project reflecting our commitment to the philosophy behind Gesamkunstwerk, or in our recent work the Japanese philosophy behind layering, the net effect is that our work becomes much more complex and far-reaching.

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May 06, 2014

May Schedule for Westbank Salon Series Is Announced


Over 10,000 Vancouverites have now seen the Gesamtkunstwerk exhibition, currently running daily  from 11am to 5pm daily at 1460 Howe Street.

By popular demand, the exhibition has been extended through Thursday, May 29, when it must close.

Here is the schedule for the Westbank Salon Series‘ free public dialogues for the final month (see for booking details):

  • Tuesday May 6 at 5:30pm: Reid Shier (Public Art Consultant + Presentation House Gallery Director)
  • Sunday May 11 May at 4:00pm: Andy Yan (Demographer + Planner, Bing Thom Architects)
  • Tuesday May 13 May at 5:30pm: Mike Harcourt (Urbanist, Ex-Vancouver Mayor + Ex-BC Premier)
  • Sunday May 18 at 4:00pm: No salon scheduled
  • Tuesday May 20 at 5:30pm: Bruce Haden (Partner, Dialog Architects)
  • Sunday May 25 May at 4:00pm: James K. M. Cheng (2013 Order of Canada-Winning Architect + City-Builder)
  • Sunday May 27 at 5:30pm: No salon scheduled
  • Saturday May 31 May at 4:00pm: Jeff Derksen (Poet + Urban Critic, Simon Fraser University)
  • Sunday June 1 at 4:00pm: Linda Fraser (Canadian Architectural Archive Director, University of Calgary)

The final salon will be followed by the closing reception for the Gesamtkunstwerk exhibition! More details to be announced soon.

To RSVP for these salons, please click here.


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