By Aaron Pollock, Architect
Now more than ever, we are hesitant to touch public surfaces. Whatever your new technique might be; like using your elbow to say hello, a disinfectant wipe to clean your grocery cart, or pulling your sleeve over your hand to open a door – we’re all guilty of doing something that just three weeks ago others would look at admonishingly.
By Brent Bellamy, Architect + Creative Director
Originally published in the Winnipeg Free Press
Most Canadian cities trace their history to a time when Europeans began settling at the confluence of rivers, the inlets of coastlines, or under the protection of hills and mountains. Most of these places, however, had been inhabited for thousands of years, long before today’s gleaming office towers were built.
(SUPPLIED IMAGE) Auckland’s $350-million waterfront redevelopment will be a showcase for Maori design.
By Erns Wall, Interior Designer
As an Interior Designer, I rely on information provided by manufacturers and third-party certification agencies to make decisions about the furniture, equipment, fixtures and finishes I specify for projects. Some types of information are standardised across the industry, such as fire ratings for products and assemblies, or the coefficient of friction on a floor tile. Other types of information like data specifically related to environmental sustainability can be more difficult to source.
Norway's capital bans cars in certain areas
By Kevin Rollason, Reporter, Winnipeg Free Press
Brent Bellamy has long called for more bike paths and pedestrian-friendly streets to make Winnipeg safer by reducing the number of fatal collisions.
(Heiko Junge/NTB scanpix via AP) City bikes covered by snow in central Oslo, after a winter snowfall. The Norwegian capital has banned cars in certain areas of the city in favour of bike-only roadways.
Be net-zero ready by designing to TEDI targets
By Amanda Ross, Architect
As architects, we have a tremendous responsibility to the environment. Since over one-third of Canada’s total emissions in 2017 came from buildings, we need to immediately increase the energy efficiency of our designs to reduce our carbon emissions and keep global temperature increases below 1.5C over pre-industrial levels.
Canada has a tremendous need for energy, and it isn’t reducing or even plateauing — it’s still growing. Most of Canada’s current energy comes from refined petroleum products and natural gas. To meet those energy demands without fossil fuels, we would need over 3,500 km2 of solar panels.