Really excited to be asked for a reel for the Architecture Film Festival in Rotterdam this year. Would have been nice to premiere the film at AFFR but we’re not ready yet. Instead we’re cutting a short for the heads in Holland. Securing some music for the show that should prove to be a knockout. If you’re in Europe in November, we could use a couple of CoMo ambassadors to work the floor… Watch this space for details.
Abraham Rogatnick passed away in Vancouver yesterday. Big respect to the man they call Abe, the man that studied under Walter Gropius at Harvard and did so much for Vancouver’s arts & architecture commuity. He was such a smart man with a gentle demeanor and cheeky wit. We were lucky enough to have spent a day with Abraham and he gave us the goods on the story of Modernism, believe me it goes deeper than you think. We shot over three hours of tape with Abe and will cherish every minute. Our thoughts go out to all that knew him along with a toast.
This video was shot after our interview with Abraham. Shot with my point and shoot still camera, Abe talks about how BC Binning moved away from a Southern Californian colour palette to a more appropriate North West palette. We already miss you Abe.
Sad to hear the news about Julius Shulman passing away last night. Julius will be missed by many including us here at Coast Modern. We were lucky enough to have spent several sessions with Julius including Gavin’s birthday dinner last year. The camera was rolling and we talked, drank and ate until late. Julius was the real deal and we learned a lot. He has been involved since the beginning, running around 1930s LA with Neutra and Schindler et al. A real privelage to have known him. He kept telling us to “Show them a beautiful life”… A toast to you Julius.
We stopped by the Charles H. Scott Gallery on Granville Island today to see the Selwyn Pullan show currently on until July 19. The collection delivered on it’s promise of fantastic post war – pre Expo residential and commercial architectural photography here in Vancouver. Pullan’s photographs tell a story of a Vancouver that seemed to know no bounds. This show is a window into another Vancouver and shouldn’t be missed if you call the city home. Couple this free show with lunch at nearby Go Fish and you have an ideal day on the coast.
Here’s a great opportunity to get inside the renowned Binning residence in West Vancouver. Designed by Binning in 1939, it’s one of Vancouver’s early modern houses and was a crucial part in Vancouver’s early modernist development. If you’re into modernism and are going to be in Vancouver July 1st, this is a must. The Binning Book with an introduction by the late Arthur Erickson is also worth picking up.
B.C. Binning Residence Canada Day Open House
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 B.C. Binning Residence
2968 Mathers Crescent, West Vancouver
1PM to 4PM
Admission by donation
Call (604) 733-2313 for more info.
We are still in production and are aiming for a Spring 2010 release. Overwhelmed by all the amazing feedback and response we received from people around the globe. We’ll be working through the summer so sit tight and watch this space for updates. Stoked for completion.
This is a must for architecture buffs and just about anybody that loves Vancouver. Stop by the Charles H. Scott Gallery on Granville Island to check the work of Vancouver photographer Selwyn Pullan. His show features his architectural photography from Vancouver between 1945 and 1975. Sounds like a good day, a little regional modernism followed by a stroll to the market for some regional foods. The house in the photo below designed by Kenneth Gardner in 1956, still stands next door to Thomas Hobbs’ Southlands nursery in Vancouver. The show runs June 3 — July 19, 2009. On your bikes then!