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  • The Beauty of a Green Roof

    So we all know that we are in a state of climate crisis and the building sector produces quite a lot of harm to the planet. I had previously covered timber building as a strategy to reduce this impact. If you have not read it yet, here is the link. For this post, we will…

  • Goodbye Grey Buildings and say hello to Wooden ones

    The realization of climate change comes with a new era of building norms. The introduction of timber materials over the concrete and steel has begun. Commonly used in timber projects are cross-laminated timber commonly referred to CLT. What is Cross Laminated Timber (CLT)? Cross-laminated timber is a type of prefabricated wood panels that come in…

  • Biophilic Design Panel discussion at the 2019 Grey to Green Conference

    Come out on April 4th and 5th to hear the great presenters line up at the Grey to Green Conference in Toronto.  Our own Onah Jung will sit down with other panelists to discuss all things about the Biophilic Design.  Please checkout the conference information below and make sure to register! Less than two weeks…

  • Who is responsible: The OMB or City?

    There is not a single week that goes by without having any news about condo developments happening and being proposed in Toronto. We’ve reached the point where questions like whether this is a matter of supply and demand have emerged and words like ‘housing bubble’ or ‘housing crisis’ are starting to hover around us. But…

  • Scared of contractors? This will put things in Perspective

    I am old-school when it comes to creating relationships…I believe in face to face meetings, making/receiving first impressions, possibly even hand shakes to decide whether I want to do business with the person or not.  I know there will be many people who are rolling their eyes being in the age of just “googling” everything.…

  • Success and Failure: Thoughts on OAA Awards

    Last Monday on March 6th, the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) has announced twenty Design Excellence Finalists of this year’s OAA Awards. Scrolling down through the list, I experienced a spectrum of emotions: hope, excitement, bitterness, unease, a very mixed feeling, just like the other hundred or so architects!

  • Can architecture represent who we are?

    Living in Toronto, the cosmopolitan and diverse city, you encounter a variety of housing types: Victorian, Post-war, Brutalist, Condos, Condos, and Condos (wait, did I mention condos yet?). It’s almost so laughable because our housing these days does not reflect our environment, climate or lifestyle and values at all. What are the approaches to “physically”…

  • A Call For Action – Safer (& Prettier) Urban Streets!

    It has been almost a year since we examined Bayview Avenue– we ultimately concluded that it was an unpleasant walk for three main reasons. One, it takes no advantage of being adjacent to a scenic creek. Two, it is an impersonal overall street width (5 lanes of traffic) causing an unsafe feeling. Three, it has…

  • Committee of Adjustment: Friend or Foe?

    You have a brilliant idea for this new renovation project (that you almost feel genius!). The client wants to create a new lot for a fairly large detached house on a prominent residential street in this growing, hot real estate market right here in Toronto. Everything seems perfect, but does the City agree? Well, the Committee…

  • Reimagining Our Streets

    What are the words that come to your mind when you think of ‘metropolitan area’? Densely-populated, traffic congestion, crowd, noise, agglomeration… these words often involve negative connotations. Imagine then: What would a metropolitan city with a stretch of car-free road look like?