Robert Fulford: Will Postmodern Architecture Get Its Turn For Preservation?


By Robert Fulford
National Post, November 18, 2014

Half a century ago, the usually dignified world of international architecture was embroiled in an angry controversy that created enemies across the profession and challenged its most sacred principles.  The issue was the appearance of postmodern buildings and what they meant for the future of design.  Was the long era of stripped-down, boxy modern architecture coming to an end?

Robert Venturi, a postmodern architect and theorist, brought to these questions a cheekiness typical of radical newcomers.  Architects had accepted that in functional modernism “Less is more” – the power of careful design eliminated the need for ornamentation and individualism.  Venturi came up with an emphatic denial: No, wrong! He gave postmodernism a slogan, “Less is a bore.” Modernism was filling the world with characterless, unappealing structures. Read more…

Building Officials’ Association of British Columbia

2014 BOABC Fall Education Conference

The Building Officials’ Association of BC is hosting a three-day Education Conference aimed at codes, building standards and regulations relating to the British Columbia Building, Plumbing and Fire Codes. Topics covered in the seminars will include:  overview of current regulations, scope of changes, building envelope, performance compliance and administrative issues. Full-day courses on Energy Provisions BCBC 9.36 and Legal and Ethics are also available.

Date: November 26th to 28th, 2014
Location: Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel, 7571  Westminster Highway, Richmond, B.C.
Cost: Single and multi-day packages available.
Learning Units (LUs): Core LUs available
To register: The schedule and registration form can be found on the BOABC website at under ‘What’s New’ on the home page, or by clicking on the following link:

Please send completed registration forms to Jennifer at the BOABC office along with payment.  You can also fax (604-270-9488) or scan and email ( completed registration forms with payment to follow.

“Hypotopia”: Architecture as a Vehicle for Political Action

By  Evan Rawn 
November 17, 2014, Architecture News – Austria

In the wake of the global financial crisis, banking scandals and government bailouts have made countless news headlines around the world. With such large sums of taxpayer money being funneled to the troubled financial sector, ordinary individuals are left to wonder how it will affect their own lives. But how can an entire country rise up and make their voices heard when it is nearly impossible to understand the magnitude of such an injustice? In Austria, a group of innovative students from the Technical University of Vienna set out to answer this question and have taken to a new form of protest in order to make the consequences of one Europe’s largest financial scandals in recent history a tangible reality.

To demonstrate the €19 billion price tag of Austria’s recent bailout of Hypo-Alpe-Adria, students designed and built a scale model of a fictional city called “Hypotopia,” a portmanteau of the bank’s name and “utopia.” According to Lukas Zeilbauer, “while utopia stands for an ideal fictitious world, ‘hypo’ is a Greek word meaning under, beneath or bellow – so a change coming from the bottom, from the folk.” Embodying an idealistic society with plentiful renewable resources and public education for people of all ages, the model city would theoretically contain 102,574 inhabitants, making it the sixth largest city in Austria.

The inspiration for the project came from the shock that Zeilbauer and Diana Contiu felt upon realizing that despite the enormous cost of the bailout, there were few public demonstrations, and the online petition calling for further investigation of the case drew only 150,000 signatures – less than 2% of Austria’s citizens. In attempting to explain the public’s passivity, Zeilbauer told ArchDaily “somehow this great sum of money surpasses the human power of imagination, and nobody can imagine what a great loss this is for Austria.” Read more…

B.C.’s Best Buildings Reflect History, Memories


The Marine Building is heavily adorned with Art Deco style decorations. (Jeff Hitchcock)

By Jesara Sinclair
CBC News Posted, Nov 17, 2014

Architect Dave Hewitt reveals the results of a contest to find B.C.’s best building

The results are in for a contest seeking out the “best” building in British Columbia.

The Architecture Foundation of B.C. opened the contest to nominations in April, asking people to submit buildings they had an emotional attachment to, not just those with architectural merit.

The contest received over 400 submissions, which people were able to vote for online. A panel of judges met to choose the top contender in each of four regions, and People’s Choice Awards were also given to the buildings with the most online votes.

David Hewitt, president of the Architecture Foundation of B.C., announced the winners on The Early Edition. Read more…

The BC Building Code Appeal Board: Seeking A New Member

The BC Building Code Appeal Board is seeking a new member for a three year term beginning November 30, 2014. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in the interpretation and application of the BC Plumbing Code.  Similar experience with the BC Building Code is also an asset. Please see the Notice of Position for further information.

As Building Code Appeal Board meetings are held in the City of Vancouver, preference will be given to candidates in the lower mainland area.

Please submit your application via the Board Resourcing Development Office website here. Alternatively, a resume and cover letter may be emailed to Applications will be accepted until the end of day on November 25, 2014.

Canadian Centre for Healthcare Facilities

Bridging from Theory to Reality: Putting Patients First

CCHF invites you to learn about cutting edge approaches in planning and design. Learn from the ‘C-Suite’ hospital leadership and experts in the healthcare facility sector as they share their insights on: integrating innovative POE research into practice; Bridgepoint Active Healthcare’s facility development story; using a ‘problem setting’ methodology for planning and design at West Park; applying building standards to meet patient needs; mitigating risk for an infection-free environment.

Date: December 8, 2014 – 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Margaret & Less Lau Auditorium, Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, 14th St. Matthews Rd, Toronto, ON
Cost: Early Bird $550, after December 1st $650
Learning Units (LUs): 7.5 Core
To register:

UBC Continuing Studies

Passive House Design: An Introduction

Passive House construction is the world’s leading standard in low energy, sustainable construction. Join UBC Continuing Studies and find out how the Passive House Standard can be a cost-effective way to design and construct a building that is extremely energy efficient. This one-day course is designed for everyone involved in sustainability or energy efficiency in the built environment and addresses the fundamentals of: Passive House design, super insulated envelopes, leading ventilation design principles and more.

Date: December 12, 2014; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: UBC Point Grey campus
Cost: $295
Learning Units (LUs): 7 Core
To register: Contact Kassandra Darbel at or 604-827-4234

New Registered Educational Provider: Construction Specifications Canada

Construction Specifications Canada (CSC) is a national multi-disciplinary, non-profit association with chapters across Canada. CSC is committed to ongoing development and delivery of quality education programs, publications and services for the betterment of the construction community. To learn more about all AIBC Registered Educational Providers, click here.