Originally Posted by officedweller
The Eaton's building was quite cutting edge in its day before the renovations big boxified it and the lighting effects fell into disrepair.
If they had repolished the marble aggregate slabs and changed the backlit spandrel panels to colour-changing LEDs - it would have kept the building "current".
See 1981 pic here of the backlit spandrel above each entrance alcove and behind the vertical sign.
The approach taken to the renovation is expected nowadays - reduce the scale of the massing to a "human" scale.
i.e. like Electric Avenue located diagonally acroos Robson Square.
The only recent new build I can think of that does not conform to that principle is the New Convention Centre.
Well, all the nice things we enjoy have been given to us by none other than the Provincial Government and certainly not the City.
BC Place old roof/new roof - province
Canada Place - province, legacy of Expo
Science World - province, legacy of Expo
New Convention Centre - province
Hell, the City of Vancouver was opposed to Expo and the Olympics (at least at the start) and lacks any vision or imagination. Like you said, the one anomaly is Library Square - but that happened under the leadership of Gordon Campbell, who later became the Premier of....
Sometimes I wish the provincial capital were located in Vancouver, or that the Province was running the City - after all, municipalities are creatures of the province and could very well be dissolved through provincial legislation.