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An Opportunity Squandered

As if building and development costs in Canada were not high enough, the City of Toronto has now proposed implementing its own 0.5 per cent land transfer tax (on top of the approximately 1.5 per cent land transfer tax already imposed by the…

In the Skin of a Crystal

When we started design on the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto in 2002 there were a few things that we noticed about the existing building. Our first observation was that the historic wings could no longer be seen as grand vistas as…

Form making

Designing the Royal Ontario Museum's Michael Lee-Chin Crystal was a daunting task for many, many reasons. But two of the biggest were the tight budget (a reality known to most builders) and, surprisingly, something that is standard in most…

Breaking new ground

Judges for this third annual Outside the Box competition agreed that their role was to select architecture that makes a statement. A building that looks good and adequately serves its purpose also has to extend the boundaries of design. And…

A Green Globes primer

I read with interest Brant Olson's article titled "Beware of free margaritas," (Building, February/March 2007) discussing green building certification systems available in the U.S. Based on comments made in that article, I would like to…
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