Open Letter to Rize Alliance

Snowy Eve in Mount Pleasant (MTP), Vancouver

Dear Will Lin,

If you want to construct a high-rise [luxury] condo may I suggest you look elsewhere? If you want to build in our vibrant district known for its artists, coffee shops, heritage buildings and leafy street scape, may I suggest you fit-in instead?

It’s not the broad strokes that were the problem. We understand the development process, and not getting into detail too early makes sense. You don’t seem to understand the neighbourhood and the cultural context. The history of MTP is building something apart—different—from the downtown.

In a similar way, the essence of MTP does not need a modern interpretation. MTP has stood the test of time, and lived throughout the trials of International Modernism. It stands as a neighbourhood and as a testimony of timeless building—the unchanging habits of shaping human habitat that hard-wire the future and the past as one continuous tradition.

It doesn’t require more intelligence than that.


Posted here:

Condo developer seeks to reassure Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant residents
The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Oct. 16 2012, 9:26 PM EDT
Last updated Wednesday, Oct. 17 2012, 1:26 PM EDT


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