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Building a Vision for Education

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By Greg Hasiuk, MRAIC, MAA, SAA, OAA, AAA, LEED AP
Partner and Practice Leader, Number TEN Architectural Group


What is a “21st Century Learning Environment”?  The term is used often in leading educational design circles and has a multitude of connotations and definitions.  In my experience working across Western Canada, the term defines a restructuring of the experience of teaching and leaning that is unique to the communities they serve.  Much in the same way that home and workplace design has evolved in response to the changing ways we live and work, today’s learning environments need to respond to the effects that technology, culture and the economy are having on the ways that students and teachers collaborate, investigate and learn.

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Image: École Connaught Community School Heritage Hall Learning Commons

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Time to love Portage and Main

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By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect
Republished with permission courtesy of the Winnipeg Free Press.

Picture the best urban neighbourhood you have ever visited, the most dynamic city centre you’ve been to. Are you surrounded by people on bustling sidewalks, open to busy shops and restaurants? Where is it — maybe Vancouver, Montreal, New York or Paris?

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Image: Wayne Glowacki / Winnipeg Free Press File
A focus on pedestrians rather than traffic speed could help make Portage and Main a place to love.

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City can learn from Amazon search

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By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect
Republished with permission courtesy of the Winnipeg Free Press.

Amazon, the Seattle-based online shopping pioneer, recently sent shock waves across the continent when it initiated a search for a location to build a massive second headquarters somewhere in North America.

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Construction at Amazon’s campus in downtown Seattle. Amazon’s search for a second headquarters provides insight into what makes a city attractive to progressive companies

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Imagination could give Arlington Bridge new life

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By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect
Republished with permission courtesy of the Winnipeg Free Press.

The three graceful arches of the old Arlington Bridge have cast their curving shadows on Winnipeg’s central rail yards for 105 years. It’s become a quintessentially Winnipeg experience to ascend the bridge’s steep ramp and cross its narrow deck as the rhythm of steel girders ticks by.

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Image: Brent Bellamy
Winnipeg could follow the lead of other cities and turn the old Arlington Bridge (above) into an innovative public space. One such city is Washington, D.C., which reimagined its decommissioned 11th Street Bridge (left) as a multi-functional community space.

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Project shows diagonal parking works

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By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect
Republished with permission courtesy of the Winnipeg Free Press.

There’s something counterintuitive about adding cars to a street to make it a better place for pedestrians, but that’s what happened in downtown Winnipeg when an old idea recently became new.

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Image: Diagonal parking instructions eased drivers into the pilot project. (Supplied)

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Number TEN Inspired! captures the knowledge, passion and ideas of our award winning architects, interior designers and supporting staff, as they navigate through the complexities of the modern design landscape. We are creative problem solvers, advocates for better ways of doing things, and observers of all that is interesting and noteworthy in our field. This blog is our effort to share our knowledge and ideas in a way that resonates with everyone. Whether you work in the industry as an architect, interior designer, building manager, property developer, or are just someone with an interest in creativity and new ways of doing things, this blog has something for you.