Preventing The Next Caledonia

The unfortunate truth is that land rights disputes between First Nations and non-natives pre-date the founding of Canada. Since 1867, the responsibility for managing First Nations land rights was held by the Crown, and since then a…

At Play In The Park

Maimonides Park, first developed in the 1960s when Cte Saint Luc was a rapidly developing suburb of Montreal, is characterized by two distinct spatial realities: located adjacent to the sprawling Cte Saint Luc railyards, the park is an…

Show me your skyscrapers…

When Toronto home builders unveiled a model of their sinuously undulating, Calatrava-like high-rise condo tower in Mississauga, Ont. last year the media -- which has always responded to readers' fascination with unusual, especially bizarre,…

Beware of free margaritas

If you're a builder, you've probably heard about Greenbuild, the annual gathering of the U.S. Green Building Council. If not, you will. The conference brought more than 15,000 builders, architects, designers and other environmentally-minded…

Going green is good business

Weaning American culture off its dependence on fossil fuels will be one of the most important processes of the modern age. Like any addiction, this Herculean task will take a long and painful course, made worse by the lack of any clear…

The nature of Ghosts

"As an architectural student in my early twenties, I quickly became suspicious of the nature of the architectural education that I was receiving. While daydreaming in the classroom, and looking out the window at the life on the street…