Vancouver’s BLA Design Group has won the inaugural microhome international architecture competition by Bee Breeders. The sustainable microhome design is intended to provide an alternative, entry-level option for the city’s increasingly unaffordable housing market.
ACDF Architecture and Architecture49, in partnership with IBI Group, have constructed PARQ in Vancouver, an urban oasis featuring a 6689-m² (72,000-sf) casino, two luxury hotels, eight restaurants, a fitness centre, spa, a 2787-m² (30,000-sf) rooftop park, and 5574 m² (60,000 sf) of meeting and event space.
Three Canadian mayors, alongside 16 mayors from around the world, representing 130 million urban citizens, have committed to significantly cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from their cities by ensuring new buildings operate at net-zero carbon by 2030.
Canadian markets top the inaugural International Green Building Adoption Index (IGBAI), a study by CBRE and Maastricht University in Netherlands. More than 50 per cent of office buildings in Vancouver and Toronto holds “green” certifications.
The Urbanarium, a nonprofit organization focused on urban planning, recently organized the Missing Middle design competition to generate ideas on how to make housing affordable in Greater Vancouver. The contest sought models for mid-size density in residential areas where planning officials currently allow only single-family houses to be built on a lot.
Earlier this month, Vancouver’s mayor, Gregor Robertson, announced the city’s aging Fire Hall No. 17 will be knocked down and replaced with the country’s first fire hall built to Passive House standards.