By Laurène Bachand, Architect
I am reading the book, Architecture for babies to my daughter (I know, I know… eye-rolling)
The architecture depicted in this book is so playful and colourful – it’s so fun.
Image: Architecture for babies from Baby 101
See how fun that colourful city is? Green. Yellow. Purple. Ferris wheels… Happiness.
Don’t you wish our real cities were that much fun? I do. Especially now.
By Genevieve Bergman, Associate, Workplace Studio Lead
As designers and architects , we spend a large portion of our day working with one another and our clients (primarily in person), collaborating on projects. No matter what phase of a project, we are trying to achieve a collective goal through our interactions by building trust, common bonds and productive relationships.
Collaboration in the workplace is crucial, whether it is working together brainstorming for creative solutions or offering critical perspectives, it is ultimately offering value to all team members by providing a space to communicate ideas. Workplace data has proven that a proper balance between focus and collaborative spaces leads to high performance, increased efficiencies and innovation in an office environment. Collaboration makes us feel good at what we do.
By Brent Bellamy, Architect + Creative Director
Originally published in the Winnipeg Free Press
In our desperate battle to slow the spread of the coronavirus, almost four billion people, half the world’s population, are living under stay-at-home orders. In a rare united effort, governments, industry and citizens alike are working together to combat a common global enemy. The scale and speed of societal change left in its wake would have been unthinkable only a few weeks ago.
(SHANNON VANRAES / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES) Active transportation can play a key role, both during the pandemic and in rebuilding the city’s physical and social infrastructure afterward.
By Aaron Pollock, Architect
With the current demand for healthcare workers PPE (personal protective equipment), it is not surprising that many individuals at home have stepped up to do what they can to alleviate this demand. Our resourceful nature allows us to contribute to the national issue at hand, and aid in supporting those working at the front lines of the current pandemic. Our staff at Number TEN are also trying to be as resourceful as possible by answering the call for PPE through 3D printing.
Using dynamic art, energy dashboards and building information systems to inspire energy savings from occupants and owners.
By Amanda Ross, Architect
Since the first versions of LEED, architects have been using signage and displays to educate and inspire building occupants to save energy and water. It was based on a simple idea: educate people on ways to reduce energy and water use, and they will be more likely to do so. While this is true, and most of the first installations were very educational, the design of many of these displays tended to be technical, wordy and easy to ignore.
Image: United Therapeutics / Hush Studios