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Parkade plan shows forward thinking

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

There’s a sense of accomplishment that comes with finding a great parking spot. We feel good about ourselves, and brag about it to our friends. As Canadians, we expend a lot of time and energy looking for parking, and it’s no wonder: we own a lot of cars. A million driving-age adults in Manitoba own almost 900,000 vehicles.

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A digital rendering of the planned 9th Avenue Parkade and Innovation Centre, which will be a unique $80-million, 500-stall structure in downtown Calgary.

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National housing strategy a way to change face of neighbourhoods

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

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently unveiled details of the federal government’s national housing strategy, a 10-year, $40-billion initiative that will look to collaborate with provinces and municipalities in developing programs that target homelessness and improve access to affordable housing for Canadians in need.

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Old Grace Housing Co-op in Wolseley is an inspiring example of affordable housing in an established neighbourhood.

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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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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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Number TEN Blog

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.