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Event: West Coast Modernism in Context, July 5


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Live Panel Discussion, Q&A + Reception
Presented by the West Coast Modern League In Partnership with the West Vancouver Art Museum and The Polygon Gallery

  • WHEN: Tuesday, July 5, 2022 ­– 7:00pm to 9:00pm PDT
  • WHERE: Polygon Gallery, 101 Carrie Cates Ct., North Vancouver BC
  • REGISTRATION: Required with suggested $5-10 donation. Open to the public.

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For the better part of a century, West Coast Modernism has played a seminal role in shaping the culture of modern architecture and design on the south coast of British Columbia. The 1941 B.C. Binning House, recognized as the first modern house in Vancouver, was designed at a time when the ideas of international modernism were being embraced on the west coast, while local designers experimented with evolving these ideals to be more reflective of our region’s unique conditions. The circumstances under which we design and build today are vastly different from those faced by the pioneering vanguard of West Coast Modernism, with seismic shifts in technological, social, and climatic conditions, among others. So, we ask, is West Coast Modernism indicative of a period that has come and gone or is it a design ethos whose values continue to endure in contemporary design and lifestyles today.

On July 5th, we invite you to join the West Coast Modern League, with the West Vancouver Art Museum and The Polygon Gallery, for a conversation with eminent design professionals David Battersby, Lisa Bovell, Joseph Fry, Paul Merrick, and Peeroj Thakre, who will critically contextualize the relationship between midcentury West Coast Modernism and contemporary architecture and design practices. This event is presented as part of this year’s inaugural West Coast Modern Week, organized by the West Vancouver Art Museum.


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[WCML/The League] The West Coast Modern League is an independent non-profit society dedicated to celebrating, and advancing the understanding and appreciation of, architecture, urbanism, and design of the North American west coast, with a special focus on the southern coastal regions of British Columbia. We are a volunteer-based organization, led by a Board of Directors composed of architects, curators, critics, and professionals, with a passion for west coast architecture and the allied arts.