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Architectural Fiction

Posted Feb 11th, 2022 in Design, Business of Architecture

It was late November, and Antoine surveyed the wreck of his Ottawa office. . .

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Understanding Architectural Elegance

Understanding Architectural Elegance

Posted Jan 18th, 2022 in Design

This article explores the nature of a set of concepts that might be overall classified as 'elegance'. Various writers are considered, as well as the results of polling of members of the wider population.

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Learning from Local

Posted Nov 26th, 2020 in Business of Architecture, Niagara Architecture

In attempting to understand something, it is always good to look around and back in time. Rather unfortunately ordinary details of the past tend to be forgotten, together with what we might learn from them.

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Designed for Touring: Niagara Falls, Canada

Designed for Touring: Niagara Falls, Canada

Posted Aug 26th, 2020 in Niagara Architecture

The Niagara area of Canada has been a tourist destination for over two hundred years, and has successfully evolved to address changing expectations. A short explanatory tour will take the visitor to just a few of the many attractions, and will help to demonstrate why Niagara retains its appeal as a place that everyone has to visit - at least once.

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Assessing Green Technology:  Towards More Insightful Analysis

Assessing Green Technology: Towards More Insightful Analysis

Posted Jul 6th, 2020 in Design, Current Issues

Further explorations of sustainability in contexts of uncertainty.

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A Memorable Place:  Memorial School, Niagara Falls

A Memorable Place: Memorial School, Niagara Falls

Posted Jun 22nd, 2020 in Design, Niagara Architecture

What makes a place worthy of positive note. This is not a frivolous matter - architects, planners and developers all have a role in ensuring that the wider population responds in a positive manner to the buildings and cities that they create.

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The Lakeside Pavilion at Port Dalhousie

The Lakeside Pavilion at Port Dalhousie

Posted Jun 17th, 2020 in Design, Niagara Architecture

The area is wrapped in layers of historical sentiment, and implementing change can threaten many people - including memories of one's grandparents and great-grandparents. Who knows how many times those dimly-remembered ancestors actually visited it, or what they made of the place, but when one of the structures is found to be at the end of its life, things get interesting.

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Tales from the trenches

Tales from the trenches

Posted Jun 12th, 2020 in Technology, Design, Business of Architecture

An informative and interesting book of relevance to Canadians who build.

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The Brodsky House, St.Catharines

The Brodsky House, St.Catharines

Posted Jun 12th, 2020 in Design, Niagara Architecture

Many people in theses circumstances decide to move, but the location had many attractions.

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Wolford Chapel, Honiton, Devonshire, England

Wolford Chapel, Honiton, Devonshire, England

Posted May 21st, 2020 in Design, Current Issues

What is an Ontario Place? They all help to define us as the people of Ontario. After all, what would we be without environments to record, remind and define? A faceless generic humankind, devoid of context, history or meaning seems to be an unattractive possibility. Find out about this curious Ontario Place.

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