By Reanna Merasty, Architectural Intern
Indigenous history and the voices of Indigenous people are vibrant and shape our environment. June is National Indigenous History Month, a time to celebrate the vibrancy of the various nations, and unwavering contributions by Indigenous Peoples. Adjacent to the celebrations, is the time for knowledge sharing, and furthering education and understanding on Indigenous history.
By Erns Wall, Interior Designer
A year ago, during what felt like an incredibly long 3-month period of working from home during the first lock-down, I was getting ready to get back to the office and ‘get back to normal’. A lot of people - myself included - were under the impression that by September of last year the worst would all be behind us and COVID-19 would simply be a blip in our collective memories. Unfortunately, this was not the case, and a year later we are finding ourselves in the throes of another wave. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel – as more people get vaccinated and we work towards herd immunity it is looking again like maybe – just maybe – things could start to get back to normal this year. Optimists are again saying September, but a recent poll revealed the consensus that ‘normal’ will not be back until the spring of next year.
We’ve created a small collection of our favourite homemade holiday treats as a means to give warmth and cheer this season. May these recipes fill your hearts as they have ours.
By Greg Hasiuk, Partner + Practice Leader
The digitization of our world has led many to question whether we really need physical schools to teach and learn. For them, the rapid evolution of remote communication, visualization and augmented reality will spell the end of schools as we know them. An all-inclusive world of virtual teaching and learning is an inevitable future for us all.
However, the pandemic lock-down of 2020 has made it obvious that our schools are not dead yet!
If anything, 2020 has reaffirmed the need for our schools. It has confirmed that a 21st Century education is much more than the core curriculum. It is more than simply conveying information to students. This is something any good teacher will tell you.
Image: École Sage Creek School, Winnipeg, MB
By Caroline Grimes, Interior Designer
Dining out, something that was once a regular occurrence, something that was never really second guessed, is now something that everyone hesitates to do. Pre COVID-19 quarantine, going out for a bite to eat, ordering pizza because you didn’t feel like cooking, or even something as rudimentary as meeting someone at a restaurant for a date was a something out of everyday life.
Photo: The Forks Market with social distancing implemented (Brent Bellamy).