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Hex Pods

“Portables,” those squat, ugly prefab schoolyard appendages, are a schoolyard blight. At their best, they’re zoning envelopes, not architecture. Often, when their cheap vinyl windows are sheathed in vandal-resistant wire mesh, they resemble…

Not Your Parents’ City

The climate emergency is bearing down, hard, on the world's cities. But cities are also facing three other dramatic waves of change, all three positioned to crest sometime around 2060. First, during these four decades the people of the…

The Big “Now What?”

In a city well-known for its wide variety of historically and architecturally significant buildings, Montréal’s Olympic Stadium is truly in a league of its own. Like many of the city’s protected heritage buildings and landmarks, it…

Stackt Market: Forme Pavilion

You’ve likely heard of it by now – the fashionable sea of jet-black shipping containers known as Stackt Market in Toronto. The modular and ever-popular retail hub opened last April, offering a new kind of cultural experience for…

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

A recent study shows that in Canada, almost a quarter of all online and brick-and-mortar retailers are using pop-up stores to enhance sales. Pop-ups come in all shapes and sizes and have a broad range of uses, from formats testing new…

And Carry On

When the news feed on your phone explodes with headlines publicizing yet another mass killing, or the attempt of one, anxiety-laced reactions of fear that the bonds of a civil society are fractured and dissolving are not uncommon. Yet while…

Up and Away

Dancing about architecture may be impossible (or “stupid,” if I want to accurately quote Elvis Costello, who coined the phrase), but “acting” about architecture? As High-Rise, a new film directed by Ben Wheatley and based on J.G. Ballard’s…

Streetfight: New York's Urban Revolution

Janette Sadik-Khan, co-author of Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution and former Transportation Commissioner for New York City, will be in Ottawa on Wednesday, April 27 to talk about how she re-imagined public spaces and helped…