Vancouver firm will build developing-world home for each sold here

By Bethany Lindsay,
Vancouver Sun February 18, 2014

Buy a condo in Vancouver’s notorious real estate market and you’ll likely walk away with a lighter wallet and a sinking feeling you might have overspent. But what if you knew you were also providing a home for a family living beside a garbage dump in Cambodia, one of the world’s poorest countries?

With its official launch today, Vancouver-based World Housing hopes to make that a reality by partnering with real estate developers, starting with Vancouver-based Westbank, developers of the Shangri-La and Fairmont Pacific Rim hotels, who want to donate a new home in the developing world for each unit sold here at the new Bjarke Ingels tower.

The project is the brainchild of Pete Dupuis and Sid Landolt, longtime partners in the luxury real estate business, who call it the world’s first one-for-one real estate gifting model. They both say that adequate housing can be life-changing for people struggling to survive in the impoverished slums that surround landfills.

“When you give someone a home, they become completely independent,” Dupuis said. More…

Sexism in architecture: Remember what Kathryn Findlay said? ‘Women, don’t be put off by the aggression of men’

By Josephine Fairley
The Telegraph, February 10, 2014

Say ‘female architect’ and who springs to mind? Zaha Hadid, probably, whose sensuous buildings include the London 2012 Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Guangzhou and Dubai Opera Houses (currently being built), Hong Kong’s Innovation Tower, and (most recently) the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, a curvy new landmark in Hyde Park.

But although Iraqi-British Hadid may be the most high-profile woman in architecture today, she isn’t winning all the prizes. Last week she was in the audience watching another outstanding female architect pick up prizes in The Architects’ Journal’s Women in Architecture Awards 2014. Emerging Woman Architect of the Year was awarded to Julia King, a “truly inspiring” (the judges’ words) young British-Venezuelan architect focusing on urban development.

Sewers may not be as sexy as art galleries, but they’re equally important: King has built a sewer for low-income homes in New Delhi, and is working on the regeneration of a major drain that runs through slums in India. In the judges’ citation, she “is very driven, very smart and capable of getting things done in very difficult circumstances”. Woman Architect of the Year was Francine Houben, designer of the Library of Birmingham, currently working on the HOME Art & Culture House in Manchester, and a post-doctorate housing scheme for (the eternal students) at Cambridge. Sadly, architect Kathryn Findlay didn’t get to pick up The Jane Drew Prize for lifetime contribution to architecture: by a strange twist of fate, Findlay died on the very day (10th January) that the awards were announced. More…

Work to start on phase two of Sudbury architecture school

By: Northern Ontario Business staff
February 18, 2014, Northern Ontario Business

Work to start on phase two of Sudbury architecture school.

There will be work for roughly 100 local labourers and tradespeople when construction begins on phase two of the Laurentian School of Architecture building this March.

Laurentian announced Bondfield Construction of Concord has been awarded the $23.9-million contract for the project. Construction of the 55,000-square-foot building is expected to take 18 months and will begin with the preparation of the foundation at the corner of Elm and Elgin streets in downtown Sudbury.

Designed by LGA Architectural Partners, the School of Architecture will be a unique building comprising two distinct and contrasting wings. The North Wing, fronting on Elm Street, will be a steel-framed structure containing mezzanines above the second floor. The West Wing will be a two-storey glulam and cross-laminated timber (CLT) wood structure, and will be the first large-scale use of CLT in a public building in Ontario. The two new wings will house classrooms and studio space, a lecture theatre, lounges and office areas, while creating an inner courtyard and a public walkway. More…