100 Mile House: An Open Ideas Competition

You’ve heard of The 100-Mile Diet; what about the 100 Mile House? The Architecture Foundation of British Columbia is pleased to announce the launch of a new ideas competition that invites participants to explore, rethink, question and experiment with new ideas that will challenge the concept of the regional house and the way we live. Historically, most houses were constructed as “100 mile” houses – from caves, sod houses, log cabins and stone houses to the First Nations’ indigenous cedar houses, teepees and igloos.  People worldwide used whatever materials were at hand to build shelters for themselves and their families. But is this possible in a modern 21st Century city like Vancouver?  This competition will challenge all participants to rethink the way we live and select materials, systems and technology that reflect this reality in the world of computers, Facebook and the Internet. The objective is to design a house to accommodate four people with a maximum area of 1200 square feet using only materials and systems made/ manufactured / recycled within 100 miles of Vancouver.  This is a global competition that welcomes architects, designers, artists, students and other environmentally-conscious creators from around the world to submit their ideas. The AFBC promotes big ideas that recognize sustainable design, architectural merit and innovation in order to advance the knowledge and practice of the design of sustainable buildings in British Columbia. For more information on the competition, go to  www.100mh.architecturefoundationbc.ca. To learn more about the AFBC, visit www.architecurefoundationbc.ca

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia – City of Vancouver’s New ASHRAE 90.1 – 2007 Documentation Process

On December 1, 2012, the City of Vancouver introduced a new ASHRAE 90.1 documentation process meant to improve building quality assurance, data gathering, and permit process implementation. This new process comes into effect on March 1, 2012. This half-day seminar will demonstrate the new ASHRAE 90.1 – 2007 documentation process. As the new standard is referenced by the Vancouver Building By-law and requires input from all disciplines, this seminar will be suitable for all consultant groups including architects, engineers, building envelope specialists, building performance modelers, coordinating registered professionals, certified professionals, and developers. This seminar demonstrates the new process by actively working through the software and documentation, revealing its abilities and options including links to the ASHRAE-generated compliance forms. These secondary forms, covering sections 5 through 11 of the ASHRAE standard, are included in the presentation and will be reviewed and demonstrated. In addition, administrative roles such as that of the CRP and CP will be presented. The focus of this seminar is to provide a clear understanding of the individual roles and their respective deliverables, allowing design teams to seamlessly incorporate the new process within the building permit application stage of their projects. Presenters include M. Greg McCall (City of Vancouver), Maura Gatensby (Architectural Institute of British Columbia), Graham Finch (RDH Building Engineering Ltd.), Jean-Sebastien Ratte (Stantec), and Ali Nazari (Cobalt Engineering). It takes place Wednesday, April 11, 2012 from 12:00 noon – 4:30 p.m. in Vancouver (venue to be determined). Plan on attending this seminar by registering online at http://www.apeg.bc.ca/prodev/events/cov_ashrae_documentation.html.

3.75 Core LUs

Simon Fraser University City Program – Urban Design Studio II: Synthesis of Urban Form (URBD779)

The second studio in the Urban Design Certificate builds upon the first by taking the process one step further to design and implementation. In this synthesis phase, participants will learn to build an urban design team and translate urban design analysis into preliminary concepts and choices for urban form, as well as to develop the ability to refine analysis and concepts into urban design alternatives that clearly address the elements of urban design. Learn to balance the physical considerations of place-making with the social and economic forces that also shape our future. This studio, with Burnaby’s UniverCity as the case study, provides an opportunity to take risks, experiment, and apply urban design skills and knowledge. It takes place Thursday to Saturday, June 7-9, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the SFU Burnaby Campus, 8888 University Drive. Register at  http://www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/courses/urbd/studio-2-synthesis-of-urban-form.html.

21 Non-core LUs 

Simon Fraser University City Program – Sustainable Community Development: Sustainable Community Development Studio (SUST915)

This studio provides an opportunity for Sustainable Community Development cohorts to apply what they’ve learned through sustainability courses by developing a sustainability plan and implementation strategy. Participants will hone their collaboration skills by working in teams on a project that integrates environmental, economic, and social dimensions. Together, they will create an implementation strategy with a broad sustainability vision as well as a short-, medium- and long-term course of action. Participants will also develop strategies and approaches to “make change happen,” as well as management tools to make and monitor mid-course corrections. It takes place Thursday to  Saturday, May 24-26, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the SFU Surrey Campus, 250 – 13450-102 Avenue. Register online at http://www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/courses/sust/sustainable-community-development-studio.html.

21 Non-core LUs

Advisory Design Panel Appointments

The AIBC would like to congratulate the following architects who were nominated by the AIBC and subsequently appointed to serve on advisory design panels in January 2012:

Chilliwack Design Review Panel

  • Justin Dyck  Architect MAIBC

City of Surrey Advisory Design Panel

  • Tim Ankenman  Architect MAIBC
  • Stuart Lyon  Architect MAIBC
  • Graham McGarva  Architect MAIBC
  • Brian Shigetomi  Architect MAIBC

Oak Bay Advisory Design Panel:

  • Adam Fawkes  Architect MAIBC

University Endowment Lands Advisory Design Panel

  • John Keen  Architect MAIBC
  • Roberto Pacheco  Architect MAIBC
  • Nancy Stern  Architect MAIBC

Whistler Advisory Design Panel:

  • Tom Bunting  Architect MAIBC
  • Tony Kloepfer  Architect MAIBC
  • Doug Nelson  Architect MAIBC

Thank you to all applicants who expressed an interest in volunteering to represent the profession.