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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May 05, 2014

Westbank Salon Series: Reid Shier

Reid Shier is our first guest speaker going into the second month of the Westbank Salon Series!

He is the Director/Curator of Presentation House Gallery in North Vancouver, which is currently working with Patkau Architects on plans for a new waterfront facility.  Shier also works with private developers and public agencies as public art consultant for projects throughout Canada.

Shier previously held positions as Chief Curator of the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto , Curator of the Contemporary Art Gallery, and Director/Curator of the artist run Or Gallery, both in Vancouver. Shier has curated over eighty exhibitions and frequently contributes writing on contemporary art.

His salon takes place on Tuesday May 6, 2014, beginning at 5:30pm. Register here!

Keep on tweeting us your city-building and design questions to @gwerkca with the hashtag #gwerksalon — we’ll share them during the interactive Q&A and choose a weekly winner to continue the conversation with Trevor Boddy, the speaker and other guests at ORU after the salon!


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