Episode 1 - 1995: The Library Mix

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In this episode of Vancouver Special, we talk about the opening of VPL's Central Library. CBC's Ian Hanomansing sets the scene for 1995 as we feature interviews with architect Moshe Safdie, landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander, former VPL Library Director Madge Aalto and architect Bing Thom.

As Vancouver Public Library's Library Director in 1988, Madge Aalto played a key role in one of the largest capital campaign projects the city had ever seen. Madge shares some of her memorable experiences building the landmark Central Library.

One of Canada’s most admired and accomplished architects, former VPL Board member Bing Thom discusses his involvement with helping to select the final design for the Central Library and how architecture can influence the way a community perceives its library.

Internationally renowned architect Moshe Safdie talks about his groundbreaking and controversial design for Library Square that is today one of the most recognized buildings in the city, and often named as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.

National treasure and Library Square landscape architect, Cornelia Oberlander, speaks about how the Central Library's green roof has helped to lead the way for sustainable landscape architecture in Vancouver.

And, VPL librarian Tim McMillan brings it all together with some great reads you can find at your library about our special guests, green roofs and the iconic Central Library's affect on Vancouver's landscape.

The theme song is “North Wind” by Vancouver band Lakefield, from the album Sounds from the Treeline.

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