Book Review – The Language of Space

Author: Bryan Lawson (Routledge, 2001) When one brings up the topic of communication, the first thing that often comes to mind is... Read More

Redefining Granville Island?

I feel a bit ignorant for being oblivious of the changes that have been happening on Granville Island over the past year. I... Read More

Video Vancouver: To Build a Better City (1964)

A 1964 City of Vancouver/CMHC film There was a time when old poor neighbourhoods were considered an urban blight and needed to be... Read More

The transformer next door

The lights are on but there’s no-one home at 640 Millwood Rd. The two-storey suburban home near Bayview and Eglinton doesn’t exactly... Read More

Cartographically Speaking: Vancouver Neighbourhood Puzzle

Vancouver Neighbourhood Puzzle. Click here for a larger version Black-and-white ‘figure-ground’ city maps – that depict blocks... Read More

Urbsanity: Great Architects, Great Stories

With January already out of the way, 2015 is shaping up to be a very interesting year for Ottawa. During the past 12 months the... Read More

Book Review – Fit: An Architect’s Manifesto

Author: Robert Geddes (Princeton University Press, 2013)  We often approach architectural design with our traditional older paradigms... Read More

Architecture + Nature: A talk by architect Raymond Moriyama

This past Saturday, Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama spoke as part of the closing event of Ottawa’s inaugural Winter Design... Read More

Welcome to your private nuclear fallout shelter

In 1959, the builders of Regency Acres, a 700-home subdivision in Aurora, Ontario, offered something no other homebuilder in the... Read More

What are Vancouver’s Best Public Spaces?

Photo courtesy of Jay Banks. Growing up in Vancouver, I didn’t really have a good understanding of what makes a lively public space... Read More