VANCOUVER ARCHITECTURE | SAVE THE BLOEDEL FLORAL CONSERVATORY

UPDATE: Saved!

Click screenshot to access Friends of the Bloedel Conservatory:

What makes Vancouver Vancouver? Civic spaces and amenities far beyond what other cities provide. A Parks Board (the only elected one in Canada) that hires scores of gardeners who make this city the lush place it is.

The closure of the Bloedel Floral Conservatory and aviary in Queen Elizabeth Park is under discussion in the city’s current round of budget cuts.

Buckminster Fuller must be crying.

This is a gem of a civic space.

A triodetic dome constructed of 1,490 acrylic glass bubbles, this is the home of more than 100 birds and hundreds of species of plants. It is a lush ecosphere in the literal heart of our city; a place to appreciate the diversity of our planet.

It is a magnificent piece of architecture. It sits like a crown on top of the highest point in the City of Vancouver. It opened at the tail end of the swinging 60s thanks to the generosity of Prentice Bloedel.

Bloedel was the B in MacMillan Bloedel, British Columbia’s forestry magnates who commissioned Arthur Erickson to design the contemporaneous MacMillan Bloedel building. It would be a shame to see it turn into a dead zone. See it while you can.

Photo courtesy Coupar family via The Vancouver Courier

City of Vancouver Archives

VIDEO: The opening of the Bloedel Conservatory, 1969

ARTHUR ERICKSON: THE PASSING OF A LEGEND

BUCKMINSTER FULLER: “SO EVERYBODY CAN ENJOY THE WHOLE EARTH”

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