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SUSTAINABILITY – Part 3: THE DECISION-MAKERS

Posted Jan 27th, 2023 in Design, Business of Architecture

One of the major issues in working towards improved sustainability in the built environment and the processes that create and manage is that people are different and perceive and assess things differently.

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​SUSTAINABILITY – Part 2:  SOME BASICS ABOUT BUILDINGS

​SUSTAINABILITY – Part 2: SOME BASICS ABOUT BUILDINGS

Posted Jan 26th, 2023 in Technology, Design, Current Issues

In contrast to packaging, clothing, or even cars, whether a building is to be effectively sustainable or not is a long-term matter.

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SUSTAINABILITY – Part 1:  THE QUEST

SUSTAINABILITY – Part 1: THE QUEST

Posted Jan 26th, 2023 in Technology, Design, Current Issues

Sustainability is a complex topic, and open to many misconceptions and over-simplifications.

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Embodied Carbon Considered

Posted Jan 19th, 2023

Embodied carbon is a concept that has emerged over the past couple of decades, and remains a complex matter.

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Communications with a Heritage House

Communications with a Heritage House

Posted Jan 18th, 2023 in Design, Current Issues, Niagara Architecture

Perhaps my reader will wonder just what I am.

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Architects and the Facilitation of Development Meetings

Posted Jan 13th, 2023 in Design, Business of Architecture

An often-overlooked element of creating and renovating buildings is the facilitation of processes.

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Understanding Ugly: Human Responses

Understanding Ugly: Human Responses

Posted Oct 22nd, 2022 in Design

Why do some buildings beguile us, others bewilder, and others repel? This downloadable book explores the complex relationships between people and the built environments we inhabit.

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The Modern and the Perceptions of the Wider Populace

Posted Aug 26th, 2022

Initiatives to evaluate and manage many aspects of the built environment are often undertaken by building and conservation professionals without reference to the wider societal attitudes and perceptions. Yet repeated studies have confirmed that the wider population perceives and evaluates the built environment in a manner which can be very different than that of building professionals.

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The Main Points of Mentoring

Posted Apr 25th, 2022 in Design, Business of Architecture, Architectural Education

In education, mentoring often plays an important role. Sometimes the role of a mentor never ends, and might span the generations.

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An Interview with Boris Brott

Posted Apr 9th, 2022 in Design, Current Issues

Music is abstract and architecture more material and physical. A musician can examine the materials in-between differently because they act upon a third sense – that of hearing.

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