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.
By Heather Anderson
Heather is a senior Professional Interior Designer and Hospitality & Entertainment Studio Lead at Number TEN Architectural Group. She recently added ‘Mom’ to her list of credentials when her son William was born in April 2018.
After 16 months away from the office on maternity leave with my son William, I’ve spent the last few weeks back at Number TEN refamiliarizing myself with professional life and adjusting to my new role as a working parent. While I’ve been pleased to find that my skills as a designer have returned ‘just like riding a bike’, I’ve found that motherhood has altered my perception of the built environment in many ways. Over the last year-and-a-half, I’ve learned to navigate building and landscape features with a baby (and now toddler) in tow and I’ve come across design solutions that both facilitate and hinder everyday activities.