A series of five student residences at the University of British Columbia (UBC), tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ (The Houses of the Ones Belonging to the Saltwater), address the importance of student wellness, inclusivity, and sustainable design through their dynamic programming, visual transparency, and context-responsive materiality.
The design for the Dining and Operations Centre at the University of Toronto’s (U of T’s) Koffler Scientific Reserve (KSR) in King Township, Ontario, reimagines the future of school design by combining sustainability and high design without compromising on esthetics.
Montreal has ranked fourth in a study grading cities on their ability to absorb rainfall through the presence of blue-green infrastructure, such as trees, parks, and wetlands, as opposed to concrete and grey stormwater infrastructure. Mumbai, New York, and Singapore were ranked top three on the list.
Sustainable construction materials company, Lafarge Canada (Lafarge), and power company, TransAlta Corporation (TransAlta), have entered an agreement to advance low-carbon concrete projects in Alberta, replacing cement as a concrete constituent with a waste product, fly ash.
University of Toronto’s newest research centre—consisting of cross-disciplinary university academics and 12 construction and architecture companies—will find ways to meet the urgent and growing need for infrastructure, without compounding the negative environmental impact.
This presentation will be an interactive session to take the audience through the challenges we face as an industry on our quest to achieve a sustainable future for building façade design and installation in our rapidly evolving Canadian climate. Sustainability of buildings should start at the façade.
Recent efforts in North America to reduce embodied carbon in concrete are similar to British solutions to eradicate cobras in colonial India. Simple solutions often create bigger problems than the complex ones they were trying to solve.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) McCain Complex Care and Recovery Centre and the Crisis and Critical Care Building and Mackenzie Health’s Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital have received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification, for sustainability-minded construction.
The visionary concept of a carbon-absorbing building may soon be a buildable reality, based on a reductive approach to construction—rather than the typical additive one, which builds a structure first and adds to it—, plus materials that sap carbon from the surroundings, and low embodied carbon materials to regenerate carbon-dense environments.
Combining multiple esthetics is the standard rather than the exception in building exteriors. And since the days of monolithic design are long gone, architects are pushing the limits by integrating materials to create a modern, sophisticated look. At the same time, no designer can afford to sacrifice performance for an eye-catching look. Ever-evolving, stricter building codes, and heightened expectations from building owners now demand the right balance between beauty and durability.
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