DOXA Announcement

It is official, we will be premiering Coast Modern to a home town audience on Tuesday May 8th at the Vancity Theatre here in Vancouver. We’re thrilled to be part of what looks to be a superb documentary film festival. We attended the press launch yesterday and saw a sampling of the incredible films on offer. Check DOXA for complete festival info and early bird CoMo tickets. Stay tuned to our social channels for event info as we move into April. It’s been a long journey and we can’t wait to share the film with the world.

A Journey Through Time

Cool upcoming exhibit about the people who helped shaped West Vancouver. Take a close look at the defining West Van spirit through some remarkable photographs and artifacts. Note the superb indoor/outdoor connection and 45 degree cedar roofline in this 1911 photo. Event details below.

Opening Reception: March 20, 7pm-9pm
Exhibition runs from March 21 to April 28, 2012

As part of West Vancouver’s centennial celebration, the West Vancouver Historical Society presents A Journey Through Time, an exhibition of archival photos and artifacts collected through the past one hundred years. This exhibition highlights the development of the community by featuring the places and people who helped define West Vancouver.

Admission to this exhibition is by donation.

George and Jennie Barker sitting outside their summer tent home located at Bellevue Avenue and 20th Street, 1911.
Photo courtesy of Dave Barker.

Quest to Sell a Masterpiece

A classic piece of westcoast modern architecture is up for sale in West Vancouver. Designed by Paul Merrick in 1971, The Merrick House has been lovingly owned by Lorne Rubinoff for over 30 years. Rubinoff is holding open houses each weekend until it is sold to the right buyer. Lorne recently invited Paul Merrick back to design a renovation and to treat the design as if the house was still his own. We shot the house for our film and can tell you that it is truly incredible, a very special place. I can only imagine what living there would be like. Lorne is hoping to find a buyer that is looking to experience the magic that this award winning home has to offer. Call Lorne direct at 604 783 5762 or email him here if you have any questions.

Photos: John Fulker

CoMo Party July 28

We are in the final push for the finish line and are having a little party to help raise some finishing funds for the film. Posters, Oysters, music, surprises and a bar all inside Ouno Design’s incredible converted church in Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood. How better to start a long weekend? Scoop a poster, have a drink, shuck some Oysters and shake it with some friends. Music courtesy of Nordic Trax featuring Luke McKeehan and Dana D. Tickets available online. First come first serve on poster choice.

Pecha Kucha Night June 23

We’ll be presenting at Pecha Kucha Night volume 17, June 23 at the Vogue Theatre here in Vancouver. This is a special edition of the ever popular PK series focusing on West Coast Modernism. Grab your tickets early as they always sell out fast. We’ll be tweeting details as we get closer to June.

And We’re Back

We’ve been editing & shooting for the past 3 months and have just completed an incredible final burst in California. May is going to be an intense month in the edit suite to get the film finished. Thanks to all our friends in Los Angeles and San Francisco, we had a blast. As always, we have learned so much and laughed so hard.

Barbara’s Silent Disco

CoMo pal and architect extrodinaire Barbara Bestor has unleashed her Silent Disco intalation at Sci-Arc in Los Angeles. Barbara is a true innovator and we simply can’t say enough about her and her team. If you’re in LA do check it out. Disco Silencio will be on exhibit at SCI-Arc Gallery until May 15. On April 8, 7pm, catch an exhibition discussion with architect Barbara Bestor and SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss. Sci-Arc 960 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Neutra Homes Tour

There’s a Neutra party happening on the weekend of April 8th in LA. Check the events lineup and get inside some of these landmark California designs. You haven’t been into a modern house until you’ve been inside a Neutra. The Saturday and Sunday events look like stand outs to us. Details here.

From Dion Neutra.
Join us to celebrate ‘Neutra Practice at 85 weekend’ April 8-10, 2011. Richard Neutra founded this firm in 1926 while he was still living in the Schindler House. Shortly thereafter, came the birth of his second son, Dion. At about this time, he was working on his first major project the Jardinette Apartments (1927) in Hollywood. A couple of years later, the Lovell Health House (1929). After a distinguished 40 years, he joined his architect son, in as partner and vice president in 1965. Dion has carried on the firm since his father’s death in 1970, now himself for an additional 40 years. This is what we celebrate on this occasion. Join us!

Contact Info:
Phone/Fax: 323 666 1806 Website: Email:
You can still support even if you can’t attend and your purchase is tax deductible.

Here’s a look at Neutra’s Lovell House featured in LA Confidential-Get inside this house on April 10th!

Neutra’s Survival Through an Earthquake

Thought we’d share these earthquake survival tips we received from LA’s architecture royalty Dion Neutra. This man might know a thing or two about structural integrity and living on the coast. Seems like the gist of survival during an earthquake is to get into a void. Read these tips and comment if you know anything more.

Dion Neutra pictured here with long time friend Lou Scheimer.

Neutra’s Tips:

1) Most everyone who simply “ducks and covers” WHEN BUILDINGS COLLAPSE are crushed…people who get under objects, like desks or cars, are crushed. 

2) Cats, dogs and babies often naturally curl up in the fetal position. You should too in an earthquake… It is a natural safety/survival instinct. You can survive in a smaller void. Get next to an object, next to a sofa, next to a large bulky object that will compress slightly but leave a void next to it. 

3) Wooden buildings are the safest type of construction to be in during an earthquake. Wood is flexible and moves with the force of the earthquake.  If the wooden building does collapse, large survival voids are created.. Also, the wooden building has less concentrated, crushing weight. Brick buildings will break into individual bricks. Bricks will cause many injuries but less squashed bodies than concrete slabs. 

4) If you are in bed during the night and an earthquake occurs, simply roll off the bed. A safe void will exist around the bed. Hotels can achieve a much greater survival rate in earthquakes, simply by posting a sign on the back of the door of every room telling occupants to lie down on the floor, next to the bottom of the bed during an earthquake. 

5) If an earthquake happens and you cannot easily escape by getting out the door or window, then lie down and curl up in the fetal position next to a sofa, or large chair. 

6) Most everyone who gets under a doorway when buildings collapse is killed. How? If you stand under a doorway and the doorjamb falls forward or backward you will be crushed by the ceiling above. If the door jam falls sideways you will be cut in half by the doorway. In either case, you will be killed! 

7) Never go to the stairs. The stairs have a different “moment of frequency” (they swing separately from the main part of the building).  The stairs and remainder of the building continuously bump into each other until structural failure of the stairs takes place. The people who get on stairs before they fail are chopped up by the stair treads – horribly mutilated. Even if the building doesn’t collapse, stay away from the stairs. The stairs are a likely part of the building to be damaged. Even if the stairs are not collapsed by the earthquake, they may collapse later when overloaded by fleeing people. They should always be checked for safety, even when the rest of the building is not damaged. 

8) Get Near the Outer Walls Of Buildings Or Outside Of Them If Possible – It is much better to be near the outside of the building rather than the interior. The farther inside you are from the outside perimeter of the building the greater the probability that your escape route will be blocked. 

9) People inside of their vehicles are crushed when the road above falls in an earthquake and crushes their vehicles; which is exactly what happened with the slabs between the decks of the Nimitz Freeway… The victims of the San Francisco earthquake all stayed inside of their vehicles. They were all killed. They could have easily survived by getting out and sitting or lying next to their vehicles. Everyone killed would have survived if they had been able to get out of their cars and sit or lie next to them. All the crushed cars had voids 3 feet high next to them, except for the cars that had columns fall directly across them. 

10) I discovered, while crawling inside of collapsed newspaper offices and other offices with a lot of paper, that paper does not compact.  Large voids are found surrounding stacks of paper. 

Barry Griblin

We’ve finally connected with the one and only Barry Griblin here in Vancouver. We are so excited to have Barry on board with Coast Modern. We’ve long admired his early work and are excited to see his current work (the photos are incredible). Barry is a really important piece of the CoMo puzzle as he’s always believed in doing a lot with a little. Here’s a sneak peak at some of Barry’s West Coast wizardry circa 1974. We can’t wait to share with you the man they call Barry Griblin.