City Delays Tower Proposal

By Bob Mackin, 24 Hours Vancouver

January 24, 2011

A controversial proposal to allow 12 to 15 storey buildings in the Downtown Eastside was suddenly yanked from city council’s Thursday planning committee agenda and delayed to gauge public opinion. Dozens of people were hoping to speak against a policy to enable condominium towers in the historic area. Mayor Gregor Robertson successfully tabled an emergency motion before noon to strike a neighbourhood committee and set a Dec. 31 deadline for a report on the impact of taller buildings. More …

AZ Awards For Design Excellence

Deadline for submissions March 1, 2011

AZURE magazine has launched the AZ Awards, an international program honouring architects and designers for outstanding work completed before December 31, 2010. An international jury of esteemed industry professionals will choose the best innovations and brightest talents from 13 categories. The deadline for submissions March 1, 2011… (more)

B+H Architects Completes Plan For The Health And Wellness Resort in Vietnam

By Patricia Williams, Daily Commercial News and Construction Record

January 24, 2011

Toronto’s B+H Architects, one of the first Western architecture and design firms to establish a presence in China, has turned its attention to Vietnam. In Ho Chi Minh City, B+H has completed an expansion at the Canadian consulate. It also has designed a new campus for the Vietnam Australia International School in a district of the city, Vietnam’s largest. More …

Business Intelligence For The 21st Century

By Richard K. Rodgers, DesignIntelligence

January 3, 2011

If architecture and design firm principals wish their firms to survive, prosper, and regain some of their lost presence, they must make specific adjustments in their outlook, culture, and business practice model. In the case of many firms, their model for business development was not effective prior to the Great Recession. Those models will be even less productive after the national economy reawakens. More …