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By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect

 WAGs neighbor

The powerful forms of Inuit art, a dancing soapstone bear, a majestic ivory narwhal or an etching of a snowy owl, shape the symbolic imagery of Canada's northern indigenous people. The distinctive works that have come to represent this ancient culture are, surprisingly, a modern form of artistic expression.

By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect

 Leadership


Winnipeg played host last week to the second International Winter Cycling Congress. Nearly 200 delegates from across North America gathered to discuss the challenges of urban winter cycling and celebrate the benefits it can have for northern cities. 

The health and quality-of-life-benefits cycling as urban transportation can bring to the citizens of a city are obvious. Numerous studies show commuters who cycle are generally healthier; they feel less stress, sleep better and have more energy. Physically active employees often show improved productivity, reduced absenteeism and turnover.

By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect

 Embracing Density

Water-main breaks caused by the cold tax the city’s infrastructure budget.  (JOHN WOODS/ FREE PRESS FILES)

It has been a difficult time for Winnipeg's infrastructure. Our water periodically looks, but certainly doesn't taste, like a fine Canadian whisky. A combination of the polar vortex and daily water-main breaks has entombed cars from Charleswood to Transcona in knee-deep ice. Recent snow-clearing efforts left most of us wanting to trade in our car for a late-model Mars Rover, and of course in the not-too-distant future, the annual pothole invasion will begin.

By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect

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Nixing door-to-door delivery in cities creates an opportunity to design unique community spaces that bring people together. It’s up to Canada Post to deliver. (MIKE DEAL / FREE PRESS FILES)

By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect

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Artist’s rendering of the skyline profile of the James Avenue Pumping Station project..

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