ASLA Medal for Oberlander

AIBC Honorary Member Cornelia Hahn Oberlander OC L.L.D. (Hon) FCSLA BCSLA has been awarded the American Society of Landscape Architects Medal, the ASLA’s highest award in recognition of her career as a pioneer in sustainable landscape architecture. She has been an innovator in the design of rooftops and playgrounds, and is known for her collaborations with architects Arthur Erickson (Robson Square, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia) and Moshe Safdie (Vancouver Public Library, National Gallery of Canada). In announcing its selection, the ASLA also noted that Oberlander, who opened her a Vancouver firm in 1953, was one of the first women in the post-World War II era to establish her own practice.

B.C. Limitation Act Update

B.C. Minister of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond has announced that the Limitation Act, a new piece of provincial legislation that sets the amount of time people have to file civil lawsuits, will come into effect on June 1, 2013. This act will set out new limitation periods, including a single, two-year limitation period for most civil claims, such as those that involve personal injury. In addition, there will be an ultimate limitation period for legal matters that may not be discovered right away, in which case people will have up to 15 years to file most civil lawsuits. Note: limitation periods impact things such as record-keeping practices, professional training requirements, and the cost and availability of insurance. These reforms, which have been welcomed by many professionals whose work is often exposed to long-term liability risk, are consistent with reforms taking place throughout Canada, better aligning B.C.’s law with other provinces. For more information, visit

No More Noddy Boxes! Design Judges’ Dismay at British Buildings

By Andrew Liddle, The Independent
October 13, 2012

British architecture is in a “dreadful” state, with dispiriting and badly designed developments blighting the country, according to two judges of the UK’s leading architectural award. Sir Mark Jones and Naomi Cleaver spoke out before tonight’s announcement of the winner of the 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize, which is awarded to the best new building in Britain. More …

Rise of The ‘Plyscrapers’: New Wooden High-rises Promise a Quick And Eco-friendly Solution to Building For The Future

By Damien Gayle, Daily Mail
October 12, 2012

Anyone who’s heard the story of the three little pigs might have some reservations about the use of wood as a building material. But architects and engineers are reviving the use of wood as a quick and eco-friendly solution to modern construction – and not just for pioneer-style log cabins. The recent completion of an eight-storey wooden office block in Austria and a nine-storey residential block in London shows how the ‘plyscraper’ is fast becoming a reality. More …



Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye is The Newest Addition to Lego’s Architecture Series

By Tom Vanderbilt, Architecture Digest
October 9, 2012

The building materials were on site, the plans laid across the table. The would-be client, surveying the detailed drawings, cast a discerning eye and asked: “Are there any doors?” The client was my daughter Sylvie, all of three, and the presumptive building happened to be the Villa Savoye. Not Le Corbusier’s landmark machine for living in Poissy, France, but an exceedingly faithful, if slightly abstracted, collection of 660 Lego blocks waiting to take shape on my dining room table. (Hey, Le Corbu didn’t exactly bring the project in on time or on budget, either.) More …

City of Vancouver Block 51 – Downtown Public Space Consultations

Join the City of Vancouver for two public events that explore the history and importance of Vancouver’s block 51. Learn about innovative public spaces from other cities and offer your thoughts on what future uses the 800-block of Robson and the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza can accommodate. These events will end with an illustrated brainstorming exercise that will collect ideas on what type of future uses are desired. Your participation will help shape the future of this central area, and your ideas will be brought to City Council this fall and given to the designer for the North Plaza.

17 October 2012 – A Look Forward
Vancouver Art Gallery, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
750 Hornby Street

Short and inspirational presentations will look at how this block has been used over the last few years and draw on inspiration from other cities.
Register for A Look Forward

15 October 2012 – A Look Back
Vancouver Art Gallery, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
750 Hornby Street

The 1973 National Film Board film “Chairs for Lovers” and a panel with members of the original team for Robson Square will set the context of how this block came to be.
Register for A Look Back

(Note: The future of the Vancouver Art Gallery will not be a part of the discussion.)

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Mirvish and Gehry Partnership Will Transform Toronto

Christopher Hume,
October 06, 2012

Frank Gehry is best known as an architect who designs icons; less well understood is that he’s also one who builds cities. For Toronto, that’s what’s important. When word came down this week that Gehry has been hired by impresario David Mirvish to remake his property at King and John, it was an announcement with implications that went well beyond the immediate neighbourhood. Indeed, the combined forces of Mirvish and Gehry will be enough to transform Toronto. More than that, they will change the way the world perceives this city — as well as Canada itself. More…

Rick Scobie: Celebration Event

A celebration event in memory of Frederick Arthur “Rick” Scobie, a long-time employee in the City of Vancouver Planning Department and well-known within the architectural community, will be held on November 29th at Seasons in the Park at Queen Elizabeth Park from 5:30 p.m. onward. It takes place in the “Garden Vista Room.”  Refreshments will be served.

NFCA Quality Assurance Program

The British Columbia Floor Covering Association, in conjunction with the Master Floor Covering Standards Institute, has recently developed a Quality Assurance Program for the benefit of building owners and operators and design professionals. To learn more, click here: QAP_notice_to_Architects

EuroLine Windows Inc.

EuroLine Technology Forum 2012

Highlights of this full-day forum include a discussion on the essentials of Passive House design (Guido Wimmers); a case study of a Saanich home built to passive design standards; a tour of the EuroLine manufacturing plant and showroom; an overview of the provincial government’s energy efficiency measures for windows and glazing assemblies (Andrew Pape Salmon, BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas and Minister Responsible for Housing), and a presentation on the acoustic performance of windows (Briét Coetzer BSc (Eng), MMus, EIT, BKL Consultants in Acoustics).It takes place Thursday, November 1, 2012, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Delta Town and Country Inn, 6005 Highway 17 (at Highway 99), Delta. Space is limited, so register early by visiting

4 Core; 2.25 Non-core LUs

Light House Sustainable Building Centre

Launching Regional Industrial Symbiosis in Metro Vancouver: Our Pathway to a Low Carbon Economy

Industrial Symbiosis looks at interactions between the environment, the economy and industry, and promotes the sharing of materials to minimize waste by following the example of a mature natural ecosystem where symbiotic relationships exist between organisms within close geographic proximity. In this presentation Peter Laybourn, CEO, International Synergies will discussthe United Kingdom’s National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP), which was developed to help businesses from many sectors come together to find uses for unwanted materials, aiming to divert significant waste loads from the landfill and produce bottom line benefits for companies through reduced disposal costs and new commercial opportunities, by sharing assets, resources, logistics and expertise. The discussion will lead into a preview of the Metro Vancouver regional industrial symbiosis project launching in early 2013. It takes place Tuesday, October 14, 2012, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Kentwood Studios, 2058 Pine Street, Vancouver. To register for this free event, visit

2 Non-core LUs

architectureBC 2012 Now Available

The 2012 edition of architectureBC is now available. To view it online, go to:

Advisory: Fastnet Consultants

AIBC CES participants are advised that Fastnet Consultants ( is not part of the AIBC’s Registered Educational Provider Program. Recently, Fastnet Consultants produced a promotional flyer for a one-day seminar entitled, “BC Building Code / VBBL Regulations and Administration.” The flyer indicates that this seminar offers, “Eligibility for professional development credit as per AIBC and APEGBC guidelines.” The AIBC wishes to advise its CES participants of this misleading language, as the institute has not pre-approved learning units for this event. Any interested AIBC CES participants may self-report this activity if desired. As with all self-reported activities, the institute will review each learning activity and assess the claimed learning units as appropriate.

Montreal Halts Construction Contracts Following Corruption Inquiry Revelations

By Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press
October 4, 2012

The City of Montreal has announced a temporary suspension of new construction contracts after sensational allegations that systemic corruption has benefited the Mafia, political parties and corrupt bureaucrats to the detriment of local taxpayers. More…

Can’t Afford Vancouver Housing? Move Out

By Shelley Fralic, Vancouver Sun
October 6, 2012

By now you’ve seen the doctored photograph, which illustrates how Vancouver city hall intends to provide more affordable housing through its “thin-street” initiative by stretching a number of city blocks in the West End, Marpole and Grandview-Woodland neighbourhoods with the construction of housing on underused wisps of taxpayer-owned real estate such as side boulevards and wide roads. More…