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<em>Exploring Vancouver—The Architectural Guide</em> is a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award

Exploring Vancouver—The Architectural Guide is a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award

October 2013

Exploring Vancouver—The Architectural Guide, by Harold Kalman and Robin Ward, is a finalist for the 2013 City of Vancouver Book Award.

Since 1989, the City of Vancouver Book Award has recognized authors of excellence who contribute to the appreciation and understanding of Vancouver's history, unique character, or the achievements of its residents.

Highly readable and authoritative, Exploring Vancouver is the definitive guide to the city’s architecture—from the breathtaking to the bizarre. Kalman and Ward, both longtime chroniclers of Vancouver’s architectural story, take the reader on a walking or driving tour of fourteen areas in and around the city and detail more than 450 of the city’s most notable buildings, structures and landscapes—from the historical to the high-tech—situating each in its social, cultural and historical context.

The book also features full-colour photography by John Roaf, who studied architecture at UBC and has specialized in architectural photography in Canada and in Europe for forty years.

Harold Kalman is a specialist in architectural history and heritage conservation. He is the author (or co-author) of many standard texts on architecture and conservation, including A History of Canadian Architecture and Principles of Heritage Conservation.

Robin Ward is an architectural critic, writer and graphic artist. For more than ten years, he wrote a weekly column on architecture for the Vancouver Sun. He is the author of Robin Ward’s Vancouver and Robin Ward’s Heritage West Coast.

The other finalists for the City of Vancouver Book Award are Brad Cran, author of Ink on Paper (Nightwood Editions); Amber Dawn, author of How Poetry Saved My Life (Arsenal Pulp Press); Jancis M. Andrews, for The Ballad of Mrs. Smith (Hedgerow Press); and Sean Kheraj, for Inventing Stanley Park (UBC Press). The award will be presented at the Mayor’s Arts Awards Gala at Science World on November 22.

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