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.

The core of Westbank’s mission is to create a body of work with a high degree of artistry that helps foster more equitable and beautiful cities. Westbank is active across Canada and in the United States, with projects including luxury residential, Five Star hotels, retail, office, rental, district energy systems, affordable housing initiatives and public art. Established in 1992, we are one of North America’s leading developers, with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Seattle, Shanghai, Beijing, Taiwan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shenzhen and over 25 billion dollars of projects completed or under development.

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April 26, 2014

Textbook Magazine Launch

The Gesamtkunstwerk gallery was a lively place on April 24, 2014, with launch of Textbook magazine, a beautiful creative journal for entrepreneurial minds.

Guests had a blast flipping through the new publication (which has wide margins for folks to scribble down their ideas), playing sessions of Super Nintendo, sipping 33 Acres brew and noshing on food truck fare.

Spotted in the crowd? Tech influencers, such as HootSuite founder Ryan Holmes and Payfirma PR manager Caroline Carter — with a special guest appearance by exhibition curator Trevor Boddy.

Congratulations to publisher Michael Despotovic and his team on the launch of Textbook! We look forward to seeing issue #2.



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