US$14,000 grant to help create more Wikipedia pages for women architects

By Geraldine Chua
Architecture & Design, May 8, 2015

ArchitectureDesign_Women_ArchitectsA proposal to increase the visibility of women in the architecture, urbanism, design and construction industries on Wikipedia has been awarded a US $14,150 grant by the Wikimedia Foundation.

Put forward by Parlour (Australia), Architexx (New York) and n-ails (Berlin), the proposal was submitted in response to the resistance new contributors faced from other Wikipedia editors on International Women’s Day 2015, when people from Australia and around the world gathered to have the most diverse and wide ranging record of women in architecture written into Wikipedia. Read more…

(Image: By Tom Morris, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Architecture: Three ways we can make the most of our cities’ unused nooks and crannies

By Alex Bozikovic
The Globe and Mail, May 6, 2015

GlobeMail_Unused_Spaces_100458-UnderSky_1The bottom of a highway overpass. An empty field under a rail line. A parking lot next to a bus stop. If you’re going to transform the contemporary city, these spots are not obvious places to begin. And yet a recent ideas competition turned the attention of almost 300 designers to just such marginal places.

(Image: Undersky by Jorge Sanfulgencio, Julio Romero)

“These are the kind of spaces in between that are often overlooked,” explains Amery Calvelli, a co-founder of the non-profit d.talks, which ran the Calgary-based Lost Spaces Found competition. By focusing on these fragments of public space, the effort suggests that small-scale changes really can make large impacts on the culture and ecology of a space. “The idea was to really stretch how we think about the city,” Calvelli says. Read more…

BC Wood

Understanding and Designing with Heavy and Engineered Timber in Challenging Projects
The program includes seminars in the upper lodge of the spectacular Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish followed by a guided factory tour of a heavy timber manufacturing, drying and processing facility including a radio-frequency kiln drying operation

Date: May 21, 2015, 11am-4pm
Location: Sea to Sky Gondola Upper Lodge.
Cost: No Charge.
Learning Units (LUs): 2.5 Core LUs
To register: contact Roy Manion of BC Wood at