Weep for Urban Renewal

March 24, 2008,AEDT

As fantastic as our annual Doors Open weekend (May 26, 27) has been in giving us a chance to tour a vast number of wonderful buildings, it’s also a reminder of the vast number of wonderful buildings we won’t get to see. Of the more than 20,000 structures that were | Read More

America’s cleanest cities

March 20, 2008,AEDT

Want to live where the air is sweet, the water is pure and the streets are clean? Try the country. But what if you don’t like the sticks? Then try Florida. Source Financial Post – America’s cleanest cities.

Is Suburbia Turning Into Slumburbia?

March 14, 2008,AEDT

The dark side of this surreality is that the places far from these hallowed urban cores are experiencing unprecedented decline and, according to some experts, threaten to become tomorrow’s slums. We’re not talking about mean inner city streets getting meaner, we’re talking about the pristine, newly built developments of four-bedroom, | Read More

Green roof for green buildings

March 3, 2008,AEDT

Imagine picking blueberries on your roof, collecting rain and runoff water from your property and using it to flush toilets, heating and cooling your building using heat trapped beneath the Earth’s surface and having an electricity bill less than a quarter of the amount you usually pay. These are all | Read More

Hard architecture and urban grit will be missed

March 1, 2008,AEDT

The first laneway house in Toronto. The first sculptural gateway to a Toronto ravine. The work of Jeff Stinson and Adrian DiCastri, two architects who defined architecture in very different ways, stands as a testament to their imagination, their urban grit and their tenacity. Both men recently died of cancer, | Read More

Buildings & Grounds: New Stanford Environmental-Science Building Uses Its Own Standards, Not LEED’s – Chronicle.com

February 29, 2008,AEDT

The first building in a new Stanford University science and engineering quadrangle will open Tuesday, complete with a long list of features intended to minimize energy use and maximize interaction among scholars. The 166,000-square-foot structure, which will house environmental-science researchers, was designed to the university’s own Stanford Performance Criteria for | Read More

Everything is green at Humber

February 28, 2008,AEDT

A New Education And Research Facility For Humber College Performs As A Living Laboratory Of Sustainable Building, Fostering Environmental Stewardship And The Creation Of A Greener City. canadianarchitect.com – Canadian Architect – 2/28/2008.

No way to run a modern city

February 26, 2008,AEDT

It’s time to shake up and rearrange Greater Toronto. At Queen’s Park, the City of Toronto hardly exists. It’s being absorbed into the “Greater Golden Horseshoe,” an urban mass that sprawls from Brighton up through Orillia and down through the Niagara Peninsula. Read more @ TheStar.com – No way to run | Read More

EcoDensity debate elevates planning to top-level issue

February 24, 2008,AEDT

You don’t care where your kids, and their kids, are going to live and you don’t care about the future of the planet. Do you really want to tell the rest of the world that this mindset pretty much sums up the collective attitude of Vancouverites? It looks like a | Read More

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