Design Talks: Tangential Vancouverism

Organizers of the Tangential Vancouverism exhibition, now on display, at the 221a Artist Run Centre, are hosting Design Talks – an afternoon of information, public discussion and feedback with exhibition contributors. Participants include Peeroj Thakre MAIBC (ph5 Architecture), Brian Wakelin MAIBC and John Wall MAIBC (PUBLIC Architecture and Communication), Ian Ross McDonald MAIBC (Bruce Carscadden Architects), and Matthew Soules (MSA). Also speaking will be Joseph Fry (Hapa Collaborative), Jeff Cutler (Space2Place), Sean Pearson (RUF Project), and Hannah Teicher (Shape Architects). It takes place Saturday, March 24, 2:00 p.m. at the 221a Artist Run Centre, 221 East Georgia Street, Vancouver. Tangential Vancouverism, which explores the potential for new urban extensions, will be on display until April 29, 2012. For more information, visit

Architecture Book Has Designs on Improving Care

By Chantal Mack, Vancouver Sun
March 20, 2012

An elderly man roams the halls of a long-term care facility, gripping the hand rail beside him, eyes cast downward. He moves slowly, only stopping when he reaches a doorway. The rail comes to a stop. He stands there, unsure of his next move. It’s a scenario – described in the new architectural tome aD2 now – that plays out in care facilities around the globe: memory-impaired patients getting lost in their own homes. More … 

Be Authentic, Engaging or Risk Facebook Flop, Experts Advise

By Scott Simpson, Vancouver Sun
March 19, 2012

If you’re using social media to puff up your corporate image, it’s your own fault when people tune you out or start roasting you on Facebook or Twitter. That’s one of the key messages from a panel of social media experts at the recent Globe 2012 conference in Vancouver. Social media are now basic tools for reaching a whole range of audiences – the public, stakeholder groups, business partners and government regulators. Gallup recently reported that organizations doing the best job of engaging online audiences enjoy a 26-per-cent higher gross margin and 85-per-cent greater sales growth than those who are struggling with social media or avoiding it. More …

Canadian Content for Venice Biennale 2012

British Columbia will be well-represented on the Canadian team for Venice Biennale 2012. Following a nationwide competition, a Canadian contingent of 18 has been selected for

their contribution to a series of regional exhibitions for Migrating Landscapes, the official biennale entry from Canada that explores how emerging Canadian architects and designers have been influenced by migration. B.C.’s participants include:

  • Olena Chytra + Philipp Dittus + Alana Green + Katy Young (University of British Columbia School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture)
  • Amirali Javidan IA.AIBC (Bing Thom Architects)
  • DʼArcy Jones IA AIBC with Amanda Kemeny, Daan Murray and Melani Pigat
  • Mira Yung (UBC SALA) + IMu Chan MAIBC (FSOARK)

The 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture takes place August 29 – November 25, 2012.