Daniel Francis

Reading the National Narrative

Squat City

Mar 7, 2018


This is a scale model of a squatter's shack made by the artist Ken Lum as part of his installation "From shangri-la to shangri-la". It is located by the water at the Maplewood Flats Conservation Area in North Vancouver and evokes the squatting lifestyle that once flourished around the edges of Burrard Inlet.

In Vancouver, the squatter's cabin should be as iconic a structure as the pencil-thin high rises that dominate the civic skyline. Anyway, that's the case I am going to make at a public lecture at Hycroft on Tuesday, March 20.

The details are here.


Submitted by Pete Seaforth on
My grandparents lived in such a shack at the foot of Forbes Ave in North Vancouver, right into the early 1960s. I always wondered about the plumbing. Looking forward to your talk.

Submitted by Emily on
We were just down walking at the Conservation area and saw this display which started a conversation with our kids about squatters.


Add new comment