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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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Strong fire-safety measures critical

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

In June, the world watched in disbelief as soaring flames and columns of thick smoke ravaged Grenfell Tower in London. Dramatic images and heartbreaking reports of desperate residents trapped inside streamed across social media. So far, at least 80 people are believed to have lost their lives in the tragedy.

The source of the fire appears to have been a refrigerator inside one of the units on the fourth floor. From there, the flames spread rapidly, and within half an hour, the fire was out of control.

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Image: (Natalie Oxford) Grenfell Tower burning in the early morning hours. 

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Embracing Innovative Technology in Architecture + Construction

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Guest blog by Veronica Neufeld

While the potential benefits of industry-changing technologies are tremendous, so too are the challenges of integrating them into our daily working lives. ‘Disruptive’ innovations may be perceived as risky or even threatening by traditional industries and organizations. Number TEN Architectural Group partner and practice leader Greg Hasiuk argues that it is the responsibility of industry leaders to seek to better understand and embrace innovation, or risk being left behind.

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Time for feds to help preserve heritage buildings

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

For several decades after the Second World War, many Canadians considered the old buildings in their cities to be symbols of decline, representing a lack of progress. Many cities, throughout the 1960s and ’70s, developed grand plans to replace historic downtown neighbourhoods with freeways, parking lots and mega-projects. In one generation, more than one-fifth of Canada’s historic buildings were demolished.
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Image: (Brent Bellamy) Historic buildings that survived the Modernist demolition craze, such as Winnipeg’s popular Exchange District, are highly valued.

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Our New School Rises in the Village

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Guest Blog
By Lori Daelick, Principal of École Connaught
and Terry Lazarou, Supervisor of Communications at Regina Public Schools
As published in the Jan/Feb Edition of the Village Voice.

This September, Cathedral-area students will be attending a brand new school that has neighbours and passersby stopping and admiring what may be one of the most striking new schools to be built in Regina.  There are many smiles and much anticipation amongst those who will be part of this school community.
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Rendering: Number TEN Architectural Group

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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.