Japan’s Strict Building Codes Saved Lives

By James Glanz and Norimitsu Onishi, New York Times
March 11, 2011

Hidden inside the skeletons of high-rise towers, extra steel bracing, giant rubber pads and embedded hydraulic shock absorbers make modern Japanese buildings among the sturdiest in the world during a major earthquake. And all along the Japanese coast, tsunami warning signs, towering seawalls and well-marked escape routes offer some protection from walls of water. More …


2011 Lulu Urban Design Awards

The City of Richmond has chosen eight design and development projects for its Lulu Urban Design Awards, which recognize, celebrate and inspire excellence in urban design. Recipients include:

Category: Commercial

  • River Green Story Centre (James KM Cheng Architects Inc.)

Category: Residential and Mixed-Use (Mid Rise)

  • Mandalay (Rositch Hemphill and Associates Architects)

Category: Residential (Townhouse)

  • Hennessy Green (Robert Ciccozzi Architecture Inc.)

Category: Residential and Mixed-Use (High-Rise)

  • Paloma 2 (Integra Architecture Inc.)

The Lulu Awards, held every two years, encompass a variety of project types and are open to architects, designers, developers, landscape architects, planners, engineers, owners, contractors and the general public. More information on the awards program and the 2011 winners can be found online at  www.richmond.ca/services/planning/luluawards.htm.