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Greg Bellerby

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A recent book The West Coast Modern House (Figure 1, 2014), that looks at the residential architecture of the post-war era in and around Vancouver, is discussed by its editor Greg Bellerby, and Joseph Planta.

The West Coast Modern House edited by Greg Bellerby (Figure 1, 2014).

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: The West Coast Modern House

Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

A recent book looks at the residential architecture that emerged in post-war Vancouver. It’s a handsome book about some of the styles that came to homes on this side of the coast, some of the practices that emerged, and the seminal figures whose work gave us what’s become known as ‘West Coast Style.’ The book is The West Coast Modern House, and its editor is Greg Bellerby, who joins me now to talk about this book that features many photographs of houses built from 1940 to the mid-1960s. The book evokes innovation in design, as well as nostalgia, and it also presents how these homes define a certain time and place, as well as reflect their relevance today. Greg Bellerby was the director/curator of the Charles H. Scott Gallery at Emily Carr University, which co-publishes this book with Figure 1, from 1988 to 2013. He was the commissioner and co-curator of the Canadian Pavilion at the 2006 Venice Biennale. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Greg Bellerby; Mr. Bellerby, good morning.