better by choice

Time and again, Vancouver is recognized internationally as one of the best places to live. The authors of a new book -themselves key players in the city's growth -illustrate how Vancouver achieved that accolade by breaking rules and forging…

Architecture and Urbanism

In this distillation of his three-day Teetzel Lectureship series, architect Bruce Kuwabara of Toronto-based KPMB Architects emphasizes the power of architecture to shape culture, society, and the environment for a healthy and civil future,…

The 2008 RAIC Gold Medalist is…

OTTAWA -- The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada has awarded the Gold Medal, the highest honour the profession of architecture in Canada can bestow, for 2008 to Dan S. Hanganu.In choosing Hanganu, the selection committee noted, "Dan…

Aging nuclear plant to be refurbished

FREDERICTON -- The Point Lepreau Generating Station (PLGS), a nuclear power plant in Fredericton, New Brunswick, is undergoing a $1.4 billion refurbishment that will prepare the station for another 25 years of service."Point Lepreau…

CITIES on multi-city tour

In celebration of its 175th anniversary this year, Scotiabank Group is sponsoring a multi-city tour of the work of Midland, Ontarioborn painter John Hartman. Entitled Cities: John Hartman, the exhibition features paintings and sketches of…

Building Beautiful Cities

Helsinki, with population, climate and infrastructural conditions similar to many Canadian cities, is considered by many as a model that might well serve our own struggling urban centres. The city, argued the late Italian architect Aldo…

Bounce back

A quiet cousin compared to the flamboyance of roof gardens or solar electric roofing systems, reflective roof technology can nevertheless be a useful tool in reducing a building's impact on the environment.The construction industry is…

Silver was the original Green

Several recently constructed buildings in Canada show that metal buildings continue to be an effective green building solution.Long considered one of the most cost-effective ways to construct low-rise buildings, metal buildings have also…
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