The New Spirit: Modern Architecture in Vancouver, 1938-1963

Exhibition, Main galleries , 5 March 1997 to 25 May 1997

The New Spirit: Modern Architecture in Vancouver, 1938–1963 looks at key buildings and projects from an exhilarating epoch in Vancouver’s history through design drawings, period photographs, furniture, and decoration.

In the years following the Second World War, Vancouver emerged as a city with a particularly vital and progressive architectural culture, adapting the ideology, aesthetics, and materials of the modern movement to such local conditions as dynamic growth, a dramatic landscape, and a surge of new building. By focusing on five aspects of Vancouver’s modernist spirit—rethinking the urban form; formulating a modern image for business; reforming the home; democratizing and functionalizing public and educational buildings; and finding a new relationship between house and landscape—the exhibition charts the movement towards an aesthetic of openness, efficiency, and purposeful design.

The exhibition is the second in a series of three exhibitions devoted to the Canadian city, alongside Power and Planning: Industrial Towns in Québec, 1890–1950 (1996) and Montréal Métropole, 1880–1930 (1998).

Curator: Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe, University of British Columbia.

Publication
Other exhibitions in the series
1
1

Sign up to get news from us

Email address
First Name
Last Name
By signing up you agree to receive our newsletter and communications about CCA activities. You can unsubscribe at any time. For more information, consult our privacy policy or contact us.

Thank you for signing up. You'll begin to receive emails from us shortly.

We’re not able to update your preferences at the moment. Please try again later.

You’ve already subscribed with this email address. If you’d like to subscribe with another, please try again.

Folder ()

Your folder is empty.

Email:
Subject:
Notes:
Please complete this form to make a request for consultation. A copy of this list will also be forwarded to you.

Your contact information
First name:
Last name:
Email:
Phone number:
Notes (optional):
We will contact you to set up an appointment. Please keep in mind that your consultation date will be based on the type of material you wish to study. To prepare your visit, we'll need:
  • — At least one week for primary sources (prints and drawings, photographs, archival documents, etc.)
  • — At least twenty-four hours for secondary sources (books, periodicals, vertical files, etc.)
...