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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March 26, 2014

Westbank Salon Series

As an extension of the Gesamtkunstwerk exhibition, the Westbank Salon Series is a curated series of intimate dialogues about the state of the city, held in our space.

Intended to be interactive, the format is a question and answer dialogue on the state of city-building in Vancouver, and the applicability of “Total Design” to improve our urban environment.

Each of the Westbank Salons will start at 6:00 with a structured dialogue with the evening’s guest, then will open up later in the hour for comments and questions from the audience.

The Westbank Salon Series schedule is as follows:

April 8: Leslie Van Duzer (Director of UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture)

April 15: Larry Beasley (Professor, Internationally acclaimed Urban Planner)

April 22: Chris Phillips (PFS Studio Landscape Architects)

April 29: Scot Hein (City of Vancouver Urban Design Studio)

May 6: Jeff Derksen (Poet + Urban Critic, Simon Fraser University)

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