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PostArctica: Walk # 16

“Go outside. Don’t tell anyone and don’t bring your phone. Start walking and keep walking until you no longer know the road like the palm of your hand, because we […] . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Walk # 16

Things Are Good: Incremental Design to Address Housing Inequality

Basically every nation has basic housing problems that need to be addressed. Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena won this year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize because of his work on community housing. It wasn’t just the buildings that got him the prize, it’s the fact that he and his team worked with locals to bring change to the community in a new […]

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Things Are Good: Architecture Should Be A Story

For architect Ole Scheeren, the people who live and work inside a building are as much a part of that building as concrete, steel and glass. He asks: Can architecture be about collaboration and storytelling instead of the isolation and hierarchy of a typical skyscraper? Visit five of Scheeren’s buildings — from a twisted tower […]

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PostArctica: View of Verdun

Taken from a window on the fifth floor at City Hall.

PostArctica: View of Verdun

Taken from a window on the fifth floor at City Hall.

Things Are Good: Using Bacteria to Make Buildings Healthier

A new field of research, that doesn’t even have a proper name yet, is looking into ways we can incorporate biology into our built environment. It turns out the bacteria and germs found in our indoor worlds are vastly different than those found in natural environments. It makes me wonder what are we inadvertently breeding . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Using Bacteria to Make Buildings Healthier

Bill Longstaff: Worlds apart—women in Iran and Saudi Arabia

On receiving her Master of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia, Leila Araghian won the UBC Architecture Alumni Henry Elder Prize. Ms. Araghian has since continued in her prize-winning ways. Her Pol-e-Tabiat, or Nature Bridge, in Tehran has won three awards in Iran as well as a Popular Choice prize in highways and . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Worlds apart—women in Iran and Saudi Arabia

PostArctica: Victor Lane

Took a walk down Victor Lane the other day. It runs behind the north side of Wellington from Strathmore down to Hickson. There are three lanes in Verdun that have names. Can you name the other two?

Fire Escapes on the back of the old Palace . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Victor Lane

PostArctica: Ice Storm 2015

Nothing like ’98 but still there are people without power, treacherous walking and driving conditions. Nature at it’s finest, cold, brutal, beautiful.

The nets on the balconies to prevent pigeons from roosting take a beating in an ice storm

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Things Are Good: This Classroom Makes More Energy Than it Consumes

Anderson Anderson Architecture has built a classroom in Hawaii that generates more energy than it consumes, making what they call a “energy positive” building. The term “energy positive” is being encouraged to replace “net zero” as the benchmark for environmental consciousness in architecture.

The classroom does use roof solar panels to generate energy, though . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: This Classroom Makes More Energy Than it Consumes

Things Are Good: A Rebel Architect in Vietnam Creates Green Space

Al Jazeera has a series on rebel architects who are improving the world around them. In the documentary they released today they look at award-winning architect Vo Trong Nghia’s work in reshaping Vietnamese buildings to contain more green space.

This film follows Nghia as he tries to find support for his vision to create a . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: A Rebel Architect in Vietnam Creates Green Space

PostArctica: Women Are Heroes

Courtesy of JR, this classic film shows the artist’s Women Are Heroes project in the Morro da Providencia flavela in Rio de Janiero, Brazil in 2008. JR’s intention in Women Are Heroes is to highlight the dignity of women who occupy crucial roles in societies, and find themselves victims of wartime, street crime, sexual . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Women Are Heroes

PostArctica: Women Are Heroes

Courtesy of JR, this classic film shows the artist’s Women Are Heroes project in the Morro da Providencia flavela in Rio de Janiero, Brazil in 2008. JR’s intention in Women Are Heroes is to highlight the dignity of women who occupy crucial roles in societies, and find themselves victims of wartime, street crime, sexual . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Women Are Heroes

PostArctica: Zappy Pizza

April 10, 2014 7:45am

PostArctica: Zappy Pizza

April 10, 2014 7:45am

Things Are Good: A Scientific Approach to Better Urban Design

Urban design is not an easy activity because of the multitude of variables that impact the overall urban experience. There are buildings, traffic (foot and vehicular), landmarks, natural occurrences like rivers, and abstracted economic forces. Space Syntax is a company has set out to make better urban design by using science to calculate the probability . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: A Scientific Approach to Better Urban Design

Things Are Good: The Hanging Gardens of Singapore

The Hanging Gardens of Ancient Babylon was known for it’s amazing vertical garden and to this day it’s not clear how the gardens functioned (or how it was built). That hasn’t stopped enterprising architects in Singapore from creating a modern version of the hanging gardens in skyscraper form!

Designed by WOHA, the block-long “hotel and . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: The Hanging Gardens of Singapore

PostArctica: Abandoned Romeo and Juliet

Walking Turcot Yards: Paris Rising, Montreal Falling, Neither Bodes Well

The two great French cities of the world, well, Montreal used to be worthy, are having some development conundrums. Paris has decided to add a dozen highrise buildings but away from the city centre – the Eiffel Tower must always be the dominant structure there. So Paris does have limits, like Montreal, on how high . . . → Read More: Walking Turcot Yards: Paris Rising, Montreal Falling, Neither Bodes Well

Walking Turcot Yards: Rest Stops : Vanishing Relics of the American Roadside – Ryann Ford

Rest Stops : Vanishing Relics of the American RoadsideLiterally, before our eyes, rest stops are vanishing from the landscapes of America. All over the country, rest areas are losing the fight to commercial alternatives: drive-thrus at every exit and mega-sized travel centers offering car washes, wi-fi, grilled paninis and bladder-busting sized fountain drinks. They’re . . . → Read More: Walking Turcot Yards: Rest Stops : Vanishing Relics of the American Roadside – Ryann Ford

Things Are Good: Algae-Powered Building Opens This Week

Algae can be used for all sorts of wonderful things from cleaning up oil to producing energy. Architects in Hamburg have built a building that uses algae to power the complex and it opens this week. The building is meant to be a demonstration of cutting-edge sustainable architecture.

“Using bio-chemical processes in the façade . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Algae-Powered Building Opens This Week

Things Are Good: People Recycle More in Green Buildings

Researchers at UBC have studied the recycling behaviour of people who work in green buildings to those who don’t and found that – regardless of their past habits – people in green buildings recycle more. This is really nifty because it proves that design of an interior space alone can impact how people recycle and . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: People Recycle More in Green Buildings

Things Are Good: Earthships Taking Off in the Netherlands

Earthships are a type of house that are built using reused materials to construct a structure that is sustainable. Often the earthships are off the gird and can function autonomously from external systems. In the Netherlands, these types of buildings are growing in popularity.

Earthships use dirt- and sand-filled tires to create insulated, fire-resistant . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Earthships Taking Off in the Netherlands

Art Threat: The imagination, art, and activism of Herman’s House

Last week I attended the Toronto theatrical premiere of Herman’s House, a thought-provoking documentary written and directed by Angad Singh Bhalla. This Canadian film tells the story of an artistic collaboration between Jackie Sumell and Herman Wallace. Sumell is a multidisciplinary artist from New York. Wallace is a Black Panther from Louisiana who has been […] . . . → Read More: Art Threat: The imagination, art, and activism of Herman’s House

Things Are Good: Proposed Chicago Tower Cleans the Air and Looks Great

Chicago is already internationally known for his stunning architecture and that reputation is set to continue with a new eco-tower. The CO2ngress Gateway Towers will bring the skyline into the 21st century because that building is focused on cleaning the air that people in Chi-town breath.

In attempt to cut down on Chicago’s CO2 . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Proposed Chicago Tower Cleans the Air and Looks Great