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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Open from Tuesday to
Sunday 12 pm → 6 pm

Admission always free
5 Jul 97until9 Aug 97

Microscopes & Telescopes: Redefinitions of the City

David Carter, Brendan Avery, Alex Percy, Robert Plain, Andrew Tankard

555 Hamilton St and various offsite locations

A closeup of a hand holding two horizontal papers. The one in front shows a map of downtown Vancouver and its neighbourhoods. The one in the back shows a blue oval with partially visible white text.

Microscopes & Telescopes: Redefinitions of the City is a project conceived by Vancouver architect Marc Boutin who is working in collaboration with five students and graduates of architecture: David Carter, Brendan Avery, Alex Percy, Robert Plain, and Andrew Tankard. The exhibition will present an exploration of the relationship between the urban environment and public space in Vancouver and will consist of installations and large montaged wall pieces that focus on three themes: Transformation of the City Edge — reclaiming territories at Burrard Inlet; Topography and the Cartesian — the dialogue between topography and the city grid in the downtown core; Cities in the Air — the abstraction of the ground-plane at False Creek.

Using these themes, the architects will be working without the limitations of current city planning and zoning by-laws to offer new ways of thinking about the city — a synthesis of reflection and speculation for a new city vision. While it is not expected that these projects will ever be realized, their purpose is to bring into dialogue broader ideas about Vancouver's potential as an urban construct.

Microscopes & Telescopes is timely relative to the many public discussions currently centred around how Vancouver's accelerating growth is impacting on the role of public space. Vancouver is at an important stage in its development as a metropolis and the neighbourhood surrounding the gallery, in particular, is on the verge of transformation.

Curated by Marc Boutin