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By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect

 WAGs neighbor

The powerful forms of Inuit art, a dancing soapstone bear, a majestic ivory narwhal or an etching of a snowy owl, shape the symbolic imagery of Canada's northern indigenous people. The distinctive works that have come to represent this ancient culture are, surprisingly, a modern form of artistic expression.

By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect

 Leadership


Winnipeg played host last week to the second International Winter Cycling Congress. Nearly 200 delegates from across North America gathered to discuss the challenges of urban winter cycling and celebrate the benefits it can have for northern cities. 

The health and quality-of-life-benefits cycling as urban transportation can bring to the citizens of a city are obvious. Numerous studies show commuters who cycle are generally healthier; they feel less stress, sleep better and have more energy. Physically active employees often show improved productivity, reduced absenteeism and turnover.

By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect

 Embracing Density

Water-main breaks caused by the cold tax the city’s infrastructure budget.  (JOHN WOODS/ FREE PRESS FILES)

It has been a difficult time for Winnipeg's infrastructure. Our water periodically looks, but certainly doesn't taste, like a fine Canadian whisky. A combination of the polar vortex and daily water-main breaks has entombed cars from Charleswood to Transcona in knee-deep ice. Recent snow-clearing efforts left most of us wanting to trade in our car for a late-model Mars Rover, and of course in the not-too-distant future, the annual pothole invasion will begin.

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By Breanna Mulhall, Architectural Design Intern

When typical solutions fail… When inspiration strikes like lightning… When we think, feel and act on something new. The creative process is a daily ritual for designers.

At times, the journey simulates racing against waist-high water, fighting the resistance of the tide. Other times, it just flows.  For those not involved in the process, the result simply is. All of the long days and late nights, the hair-pulling, the tedious revisions, the internal debates and the group collaboration sessions are overlooked. The built object before our eyes becomes what we know, what the public knows: an object, at times, of both scrutiny and praise.

What informs the opinions of a finished piece? What qualities dig under our skin and elevate our souls? On the surface, it is personal opinion; our own preferences informed by years of unique experiences. Much deeper than that, though, I believe it is the designer’s intention.

All designers share a common vocabulary of purpose, craft, scale, function, and form. Under the influence of an innovative mind, these terms come together to achieve a unique human experience. The following interview invites you to revel in the variety of the creative process and to reflect on its importance in our society: Where would we be today without design? Where can we be tomorrow because of it?

 

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By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect

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Nixing door-to-door delivery in cities creates an opportunity to design unique community spaces that bring people together. It’s up to Canada Post to deliver. (MIKE DEAL / FREE PRESS FILES)

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Number TEN Inspired! captures the knowledge, passion and ideas of our award winning architects, interior designers and supporting staff, as they navigate through the complexities of the modern design landscape. We are creative problem solvers, advocates for better ways of doing things, and observers of all that is interesting and noteworthy in our field. This blog is our effort to share our knowledge and ideas in a way that resonates with everyone. Whether you work in the industry as an architect, interior designer, building manager, property developer, or are just someone with an interest in creativity and new ways of doing things, this blog has something for you.