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Vancouver Matters
by Christa Min & James Eidse & Lori Kiessling & Joey Giaimo
PAGES: 172
SIZE: 5 x 7.5
PRICES: $19.95 US
PAPERBACK: 978-1-897476-10-9

Representing Vancouver’s history and present materiality through writing, drawing and photography, Vancouver Matters offers a critical examination of the city’s faults and opportunities. 

The 16 investigations from artists, architects, designers, professors and students use the specific materials as a lens through which the city can be seen anew.

The project was initiated out of a certain skepticism toward the highly revered “Vancouverism” ideology – a civic-boosterism that has proliferated the local and global imagination in recent years but has not quite delivered the lifestyle that it readily promotes.

With a growing optimism that this present model is drawing to a close, these contributions offer an assessment in contrast to the myths the city has inherited. The series of explorations offer a look into the city’s make up, the historical developments that have constructed it, and what has been produced as a result. Each piece allows the specificity of the material condition to inform a particular and novel engagement with the city.

The book’s size playfully references the popular and ubiquitous pocket travel guides. This format, alongside the simplicity and subtlety of the graphic design, acts as counterpoint to the often weighty positions undertaken by the book’s contributors.

Vancouver Matters’ drive is to assemble new ideas and hidden opportunities through a series of intriguing visuals and texts that could form a departure for future city practices. It attempts to document what the city of Vancouver is made of and what it might yet become.