• LV Bloor in Toronto by DK Studio

    The ins & outs of the retail experience: dkstudio

    Dec 15 • 37 Views • No Comments

    From Hong Kong to Montreal and in between, Toronto-based dkstudio has been helping global retail and corporate clients create spaces that stay true to their brand while respecting cultural sensitivities.   1. Some retailers see their stores as a space to...

  • Cloister House in Vancouver Measured Architecture

    Deeply invested in collaboration: Measured Architecture

    Nov 29 • 128 Views • No Comments

    By Phil Roberts…   Piers Cunnington knows the value of transferable skills. The former IT business analyst turned architect is finding joy creating tangible solutions. Piers, along with Clinton Cuddington, are partners of Measured Architecture, a...

  • Maison Desmarteau in Montréal by Microclimat

    Doing more with less: Microclimat

    Nov 27 • 199 Views • No Comments

    Olivier Lajeunesse-Travers and Guillaume Marcoux of Montreal-based Microclimat on client reactions, creating beaches in Montreal and why they’re pursuing microdevelopment.   (Responses translated from French) 1. What does the client think of the...

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  • SkyTrain in Vancouver

    Increasing Urban Mobility

    Jan 27 • 651 Views • No Comments

    Glenn Miller,  Vice President, Education & Research at the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI), shares what cities need to do to improve urban mobility.   1. What are the best practices for improving the urban connectivity of cities?  One bright spot...

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    Q+A: What does the design and layout of an airport reveal about a...

    Nov 17 • 819 Views • No Comments

        Michael McDonald is a Senior Principal with Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd. Awarded the National Professional Fraternity for Architecture and Allied Arts’ Alpha Rho Chi medal for leadership, Michael is recognized for...

  • Union Station

    Q+A: Are train stations of the 21st century ‘high tech’?

    Oct 11 • 925 Views • No Comments

      Two individuals, from slightly different professional backgrounds, and from different parts of Canada, give answers to our question of the week.    Tarek El-Khatib is a senior partner at Zeidler Partnership Architects and a fellow of the Royal...

  • Bessarion

    The Toronto subway station few people know about

    Jul 6 • 865 Views • No Comments

    In this short documentary, TTC Enthusiast and Urban Explorer Jeremy Woodcock travels to Bessarion Station, the least used Subway Station on the Toronto Transit Map, to find out if it really does exist and why it would be built in the first place.   This...

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Cloister House in Vancouver Measured Architecture

Deeply invested in collaboration: Measured Architecture

Nov 29 • 128 Views • No Comments

By Phil Roberts…   Piers Cunnington knows the value of transferable skills. The former IT business analyst turned architect is finding joy creating tangible...

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LV Bloor in Toronto by DK Studio

The ins & outs of the retail experience: dkstudio

Dec 15 • 37 Views • No Comments

From Hong Kong to Montreal and in between, Toronto-based dkstudio has been helping global retail and corporate clients create spaces that stay true to their brand while...

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Centre Street Church in Calgary by Transept Architecture Inc.

Q+A: Is a church just a building, or is it something more?

Sep 25 • 284 Views • No Comments

A designer & a architect give answers to our question of the week.   Kelly Janz of Transept Architecture is a Western Canadian designer helping faith...

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Maison Desmarteau in Montréal by Microclimat

Doing more with less: Microclimat

Nov 27 • 199 Views • No Comments

Olivier Lajeunesse-Travers and Guillaume Marcoux of Montreal-based Microclimat on client reactions, creating beaches in Montreal and why they’re pursuing...

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5 Most Common Misconceptions about Landscape Architecture

Nov 3 • 334 Views • No Comments

Stephen Cushing of Halifax-based Urban Perspectives on the 5 most common misconceptions about landscape architecture.   1. Landscape design is not for decoration-...

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Wakefield House in Ottawa by John Donkin Architect

Cultivating an appetite for architecture: John Donkin Architect

Oct 6 • 253 Views • No Comments

By Phil Roberts…   Failure precedes success. And sometime the failures are many, making the successes even sweeter. After realizing that he wasn’t going to...

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Transitional Women’s Living Unit in Whitehorse, Yukon by Kobayashi + Zedda Architects Ltd

Respectfully transforming the North: Kobayashi + Zedda Architects

Nov 13 • 165 Views • No Comments

Jack Kobayashi of Whitehorse-based Kobayashi + Zedda Architects Ltd on working with First Nations communities and how Yukon’s changing demographics are influencing...

Arctic Live/Work. Design proposal of a new type of work/live housing unit for Arctic communities in Nunavut, Canada. (Courtesy: PinkCloud.dk)

PinkCloud.dk takes design by crowdsourcing to a global level

We asked Leon Lai, one of two Canadian members in the global design collective PinkCloud.dk, to talk about how design by democratic...

Apr 10 • 573 Views

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Palais des Congres - Montreal

Six Canadian centres on the Intelligent Community Forum’s 2014 Smart21

Nov 7 • 1137 Views • 1 Comment

  Canada has more Intelligent Communities than any other nation. Over the past 16 years, 21 Canadian communities have received this designation from the Intelligent...

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The Team that can–MOGA!

Based in Red Deer, Alberta, and active in both Edmonton and Calgary, M O George, Architect ( MOGA) provides design...

Jun 17 • 742 Views

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Surrey Central Library

Can Surrey be the model city of the 21st century?

Dec 2 • 150 Views • No Comments

Surrey, Edmonton and Sherbrooke are the three Canadian cities on the Intelligent Community Forum’s Smart21 Communities of 2015. They’re all creating a pattern of...

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West 21st in Vancouver. (Courtesy: Lucas Finlay)

It’s their house, not ours: Frits de Vries Architect Ltd.

Apr 11 • 526 Views • No Comments

By Phil Roberts…   The Vancouver-based firm Frits de Vries Architect Ltd.(FdVA) designs contemporary homes in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, that are...

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Antoine Predock discusses the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Aug 31 • 272 Views • No Comments

Architect Antoine Predock discusses his inspiration for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, set to open in Winnipeg in September 2014. (Source: CANADA Explore )...

  • LV Bloor in Toronto by DK Studio

    The ins & outs of the retail experience: dkstudio

    Dec 15 • 37 Views • No Comments

    From Hong Kong to Montreal and in between, Toronto-based dkstudio has been helping global retail and corporate clients create spaces that stay true to their brand while respecting cultural sensitivities.   1. Some retailers see their stores as a space to...

  • Liyuan Library in Jiaojiehe Village, Huairou County, Beijing, China by li xiaodong / atelier

    Why modest architecture is evocative

    Nov 11 • 179 Views • No Comments

    Moriyama RAIC International Prize winner Li Xiaodong gives an in depth account of how the Liyuan Library came to reality and its oneness with the environment.   1. The Liyuan Library was built on a very small budget. Give examples of design decisions...

  • Stinson Transport Centre of the Société de transport de Montréal by Lemay

    Corporately Creative: Lemay

    Nov 5 • 284 Views • No Comments

    By Phil Roberts…   In almost 60 years of existence, Lemay has evolved from parochial architectural firm to international integrated practice. In early October, Lemay acquired 3 of IBI Group’s Quebec-based business units, Daniel Arbour et...

  • Malbaie VI in Cap-à-l’Aigle,Québec by MU Architecture

    A mirror for society: MU Architecture

    Sep 1 • 394 Views • No Comments

    Charles Côté of Montreal-based MU Architecture on getting contractors to use new construction technologies and working in different contexts around the globe.   One of the strengths of your firm is your ability to apply new building technologies to...

  • Fogo Island Inn in Fogo Island, Newfoundland by Saunders Architecture

    Unique Natural Experiences: Saunders Architecture

    Aug 12 • 456 Views • 2 Comments

    Just before Saunders Architecture‘s 4 week summer break, we asked founder Todd Saunders about his firm’s ability to seemingly design on any topography, his monograph and why he chose to move from Canada to Norway. 1. What made you move from Canada...

  • Fez River Project in Fez, Morocco by Aziza Chaouni Projects

    Making better places and spaces: Aziza Chaouni Projects

    Aug 4 • 478 Views • No Comments

    With offices in Fez and Toronto, Aziza Chaouni Projects (ACP) is a multidisciplinary firm that works with NGOs and government organizations to improve the built environment across the globe. We asked founding principal Aziza Chaouni about her firm’s...

  • Le Phénix in Eastern Townships, Québec by Thellend Fortin Architectes

    Learning from Spain: Thellend Fortin Architectes

    Jul 4 • 587 Views • No Comments

    By Phil Roberts…   We’re all acquainted with the cliché of young North Americans backpacking through Europe, getting a sense of themselves and the world around them. For architects Louis Thellend and Lisa-Marie Fortin, their European period of...

  • Zacatitos 03 -- Los Zacatitos, Mexico by Campos Leckie Studio

    Palettes of Discovery: Campos Leckie Studio

    Jun 10 • 739 Views • 2 Comments

    We asked Michael Leckie, one of the principals of Vancouver-based Campos Leckie Studio, about the importance of discovery in design and the textural differences between projects.    Your website states that your firm is committed to a rigorous process...

  • Assetz Stratos -- Bangalore, India (Rendering by: DDIR)

    Wondrous bewilderment, designed for class

    May 30 • 651 Views • No Comments

    By Yuha Scarselli…   A successful designer must believe in something of significance. Dominic Dube, the French-Canadian architect, painter, and principal of DDIR Architecture Studio based in Bangalore, India does practice what he believes. DDIR...

  • View from Burj Khalifa observation level. (Courtesy: Yuha Scarselli)

    Up Above The World So High!

    Apr 12 • 519 Views • No Comments

    By Yuha Scarselli…   Everybody as kids played with building-blocks, trying hard to stack one block over another, until the stack got too tall and the blocks fell over. The aim was always to reach high!   Fantasies in life are vital to...

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