2014 Heritage Awards

The District of North Vancouver is now accepting nominations for its 2014 Heritage Awards. This awards program acknowledges special accomplishments, projects and efforts that have furthered the goal of heritage conservation in the District. Every year the District of North Vancouver sponsors awards in the following categories:

  •      Heritage Restoration
  •      Heritage Advocacy
  •      Heritage Landscape Preservation
  •      New Design in a Heritage Context

The deadline for nominations is:
Monday, January 12, 2015

For additional information please contact:
Kathleen Larsen, Community Planner
Tel:  604-990-2369   Fax: 604-984-9683
E-Mail: larsenk@dnv.org

2015 NAPHN Conference & Expo

The North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) is pleased to announce that the 2015 NAPHN Conference & Expo (NAPHN15) will take place October 1st and 2nd in Vancouver, Canada.

The CanPHI West team, who produced the widely attended Passive House North conference in 2013, promises a program that includes new partners in building science and policy, and world-class education and networking opportunities.  The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Vancouver, itself a leader in sustainability.

Louisiana architecture students building, learning in Cheticamp

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Students are building structures with the notorious suêtes winds in mind


By Nicole MacLennan

November 19, 2014, CBC News

Students are building structures with the notorious suêtes winds in mind

Dalhousie University has teamed up with three architecture schools in the U.S. to design and build structures in Cape Breton and learn from each other while they do it.

Professor Geoff Gjertson and students from the University of Louisiana Lafayette were in Cheticamp last month to meet with students from Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Architecture and see the structure they built this summer for the Cheticamp Farmers’ Market.

It’s part of a federal grant program from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Dalhousie has teamed up with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University of Arizona.

“Essentially it’s a design, build exchange where each of the four universities are doing similar projects in their own communities and then we’ll be coming together to design and build a single structure in Nova Scotia in the summer of 2016.”

The students are building structures called gridshells, a unique curved design that uses thin strips of wood in an overlap grid format. The enclosure in Cheticamp was built with the notorious suêtes winds in mind. The students will monitor the structure over the winter to see how it holds up. Read more…

Dream Art Houses Visualized in Extravagant Architecture Series

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By Ross Brooks
November 26, 2014, Arts & Culture

Extravagant homes often strike a balance between expression and convention, but for his latest project, architect Vasily Klyukin has created a series of homes that are designed to make a splash. Some feature extreme angles and colors, while others jump out from their surroundings – but none of them disappoint. The project was based on the question “What if the main star at your party is not a celebrity, not even the host of the party, but the villa in which the party is held?” Read more…

Five Projects Awarded Prizes at the 2014 Media Architecture Biennale


By  Rory Stott

November 26, 2014, Arch Daily

The 2014 Media Architecture Biennale has drawn to a close in Aarhus, Denmark, and with it five projects have been awarded for “outstanding accomplishments in the intersection between architecture and technology.” Representing five different categories (Animated Architecture, Spatial Media Art, Money Architecture, Participatory Architecture, and Trends & Prototypes), these five projects are the ones that most represent the Media Architecture Biennale’s goal to advance the understanding and capabilities of media architecture.

The winners include a power plant with a shimmering chimney tower, an installation that creates “phantoms” with light, an interactive LED facade, a crowdsourced mapping system for transit in the developing world, and a kinetic “selfie facade.” See videos of all five winners after the break. Read more…