2013 Year in Review: Best New Developments

Dec 19 2017, 9:16 am

2013 has been another busy year in Vancouver for real estate and transportation infrastructure projects.

Real estate projects like Bjarke Ingels’ 52-storey tower, the new urban casino resort at BC Place, and the revival of Arthur Erickson’s 1133 West Georgia project as the Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver have set a new standard for architectural excellence in the city. These projects go far beyond the traditional bland and ‘cookie cutter’ designs that dominate the Vancouver skyline.

The redevelopment of Oakridge Centre will also bring more shopping opportunities to Vancouver’s neighbourhoods and a new kind of dense, urban public realm previously unseen outside of downtown.

The debate over the sustainability of the region’s unaffordable housing prices and ongoing condo boom rages on, however, the region’s very economic and environmental vitality depends entirely on urban change and growth based on densification around major transportation nodes.

Vancouverites should be thankful that we’re not the city of Detroit.

Bjarke Ingels’ 52-storey landmark Vancouver tower approved by City Council

Image: Westbank / Bjarke Ingels Group 

Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver revealed

Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver

Image: Holborn Group

Vancouver approves new $535-million urban casino resort at BC Place

Image: Paragon Development

Oakridge Centre redevelopment

Image: City of Vancouver/Ivanhoe Cambridge/Westbank

New 10-lane bridge to replace George Massey Tunnel

Image: Government of BC

Tsawwassen First Nation to build Metrotown-sized shopping centre

Image: Tsawwassen Shores

$1-billion redevelopment proposed for Metropolis at Metrotown

Image: Yellowheadbird

Canada’s first shipping container homes have arrived in Vancouver

Image: Ward Perrin, PNG

Jim Pattison’s massive 54-storey Burrard Gateway tower complex approved by City Council

Image: Burrard Gateway / IBI Group / Bing Thom Architects

Image: Westbank / Bjarke Ingels Group