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By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect 

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62M Condo

An artist's conception of the 62M condo project, a hybrid wood/concrete-frame building near the Disreali Bridge. Designers are expanding the possibility of wood-frame construction thanks to new technologies. (RENDERING BY 5468796 ARCHITECTURE)

Prosperous residents make prosperous cities. With housing costs typically constituting the largest portion of personal expenditures, housing affordability has become a principal determinant of the standard of living in urban areas. Access to adequate housing plays an important role in building strong communities and is a vital social indicator of health, equality and inclusion.

Consistently rising real estate values during the last decade have made access to affordable housing a difficult challenge for cities across Canada. In Winnipeg, since 2005 the average cost of a home has increased by 100 per cent and rental rates have grown by 70 per cent, while the average annual income has increased by only 34 per cent.

 Number TEN's architects have worked on educational institutions in First Nations communities.

Number TEN has completed the design for a brand new, 100,000 sq. ft. early years to Grade 12 school in Pikangikum First Nation, Ontario. Construction of the design-build school project, led by contractor Penn-Co Construction, is progressing rapidly and the new facility is on-track to open in time for the 2017 school year.

The new school will be a focal point for the community, serving as its education centre, community gathering space, and hub for a wide range of educational activities. It will be the largest building in the community, designed to be a safe and secure place that reflects and celebrates Pikangikum First Nation’s traditional values, cultures and traditions, while incorporating the latest in modern technology and school design.

The design theme centers around a visual representation of the journey of learning students will take as they progress from childhood to adolescence into adulthood. This journey is expressed throughout the school using thoughtful symbolism, colour, and a well-designed layout that serves to break up the space into distinct learning zones grouped by age level.

By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect 

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Number TEN Architectural Group has worked on a variety of commercial and municipal projects.

Cibinel Architects' proposal for a mixed-use project at the old stadium site lost out to the Target store.

 When Disneyland opened its doors in 1955, visitors experienced for the first time a stroll down Main Street U.S.A., Walt Disney's nostalgic interpretation of the central pedestrian shopping strip most North American cities and towns had grown up around.

Winnipeg's example of this high street was Portage Avenue, stretching through downtown from its famous intersection at Main Street. Anchored by Eaton's, the 10th-largest department store in the world, the avenue's shops, theatres and restaurants made it the social, retail and cultural heart of the city for more than a century.

As postwar North American cities began to expand outward with sprawling, low-density suburbs, retail development responded to this new, auto-centric lifestyle by moving away from main street into enclosed suburban shopping malls, set within large, asphalt parking lots. In 1959, Polo Park opened in Winnipeg, and the first shot was fired in the long war against downtown shopping.

By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect 

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Thunderbird House on Main Street is designed by architect Douglas Cardinal, who infuses modern architecture with indigenous beliefs and traditions.
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The Maclean's article -- three words that when spoken anywhere in Winnipeg over the past few weeks would invariably spark a passionate and polarizing conversation. It is not often that a national periodical publishes such a charged condemnation of an entire city, but shining a spotlight on Winnipeg's racial divide has created an opportunity to further an already pervasive dialogue about our city's most complex challenge.

By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect 

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 Winnipeg is becoming a major centre in Canada. Number TEN's architects are proud to work here.

The Red River Mutual Trail regularly attracts skaters to get in some winter activity. (BRENT BELLAMY)

It is mid-January, and through hard crusts of frozen breath on their tightly wrapped scarves, Winnipeggers across the city can be heard muttering to themselves "Why do I live here?"

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