60-Storey Pixelated Skyscraper Proposed for Downtown Vancouver

By Kenneth Chan
Vancitybuzz, July 7, 2015

Image: Courtesy of IBI Group, Nick Milkovich Architects, Chris Doray Studio Inc.(Image: Courtesy of IBI Group, Nick Milkovich Architects, Chris Doray Studio Inc.)

A new proposed development for downtown Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood could provide the skyline with a pixelated touch.

A 60-storey residential building, dubbed ‘Nelson on the Park’ by project proponents, is planned for 1075 Nelson Street – just metres away from Nelson Park and a half-block’s distance from First Baptist Church. The proposal lies within the municipal government’s West End Community Plan’s 550 foot height limit, allowing the project to eclipse the height of the nearby One Wall Centre.

Few details are known about the project at this time but renderings have been published on the website of the 2015 World Architecture Festival, to be held in Singapore this November. Read more…

How Top Canadian Architects Designed a Pan Am District From Scratch

By Alex Bozikovic
The Globe and Mail, July 9, 2015

Image: Most of the buildings in the Pan Am athletes village have units that open directly onto the street and a network of pedestrian passageways. Courtesy of the Canadian Press, photo by Frank Gunn(Image: Most of the buildings in the Pan Am athletes village have units that open directly onto the street and a network of pedestrian passageways. Courtesy of the Canadian Press, photo by Frank Gunn)

Take a crowd of Canada’s top architects, put them in a room and ask them to design a dense city neighbourhood – working with a 1,000-page book of rules and requirements. This was how the Canary District in Toronto, which will be the athletes’ village for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games this summer, was created.

Surprisingly, this city-by-committee is coming out well. The $514-million, 14-hectare complex is walkable, sustainable, contemporary but respectful of history, and economically diverse. It will efficiently house 10,000 people for Pan Am and then serve different users, in about 1,650 units, over the long term.

If that sounds like a recipe for virtuous blandness, it is. These are seven buildings in 50 shades of grey. But the four architecture firms involved – KPMB, architectsAlliance (aA), MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller (MJM) of Toronto and Montreal’s Daoust Lestage – set out to build an ensemble. Read more…

Palaces of Inspiration: How Architecture Feeds the Imagination of Art

By Alyn Griffiths
CNN, June 30, 2015

The "Sliding House" by artist Alex Chinneck, known for his playful experiments with our perception of architecture. Courtesy of Imagine Architecture

(Image: The “Sliding House” by artist Alex Chinneck, known for his playful experiments with our perception of architecture. Courtesy of Imagine Architecture)

“Some, if not most of my moving aesthetic experiences have been in buildings,” claims the Turner Prize-winning British artist Grayson Perry, who believes these interactions with architecture played a key role in helping to define his creative direction.

In this regard, Perry is similar to many artists who draw inspiration from the built environment. So, what sorts of ideas do artists like to borrow from architecture, and how do concepts applied to buildings translate into fine art, music or sculpture? Read more…

Copenhagen ArchitecTOUR 2015

Join the sustainable architecture and educational tour to Copenhagen from September 14-19, 2015.

Denmark is one of the world’s forerunners for ground-breaking architecture and sustainable city growth – the nation has made significant impact on innovative technologies globally and new standards are constantly set in terms of buildings and products that live up to the new protocol and standards for sustainability.

Danish architecture has seen widespread international success and that makes experiences in the Danish market very interesting to study.

Focusing on Denmark’s regulatory policy, industry challenges and opportunities as well as architectural visions for growing cities, valuable lessons can be brought back to Canada.

The Royal Danish Consulate General and Architecture Canada have together with Werksted and the Danish Association of Architectural Firms tailored yet another interesting program that enables you to:

  • Experience state of the art architecture and sustainable buildings
  • Take part in 50+ engaging architecture events at the RISING Architecture Week
  • Meet and network with skilled Danish architects, planners and developers
  • Learn about the Danish architectural policy
  • Share and expand your knowledge base, get inspired and enjoy

Date: September 14-19, 2015
Price: C$5000 all inclusive – flights, hotels, all meals, guided tours, etc. (max 20 participants)

Extended registration deadline is July 21, 2015.

For more information or to sign up for the tour.

2015 AIBC Architectural Awards – Jury Announced!

The Architectural Institute of British Columbia is pleased to announce the selection of a distinguished jury to select the winners of the 2015 AIBC Architectural Awards. They include:

Jury Members:

  • D’Arcy Jones Architect AIBC, OAA, Principal, D’Arcy Jones Architecture Inc., Vancouver (jury chair)
  • Gregory R. Mottola, FAIA, Architect AIBC, Principal, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, San Francisco
  • Alicia Medina Intern Architect AIBC, Intern Architect, Simcic Uhrich Architects, Vancouver
  • Andrew Gruft Retired Architect AIBC, Professor Emeritus of Architecture, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • Ray Spaxman Honorary Member of the AIBC, RPP, President of Ray Spaxman Consulting Ltd., West Vancouver
  • Kerry Gold, Journalist – Globe and Mail, Vancouver Magazine, BC Business, MSN.ca and MSN.com, and other publications, Vancouver

Award winners are celebrated at the Architectural Awards Reception held on October 28, 2015 as part of the AIBC Annual Conference, and featured in architectureBC.

The number, quality and calibre of professionals who answered the jury call was impressive and it was not an easy decision to narrow the selection to six jury members. We thank all those who submitted an application and look forward to this year’s adjudication and awards celebration.

For further information, please visit the AIBC Architectural Awards website.

Role of a Land Surveyor

Association of BC Land SurveyorsHave you ever wondered how land boundaries are legally defined? Or how land disputes get resolved? Have you ever wondered where to go for spatial, boundary and land title information? Or who to approach for advice on land title registration procedures or about statutory requirements for land development?

British Columbia Land Surveyors (BCLS) liaise with municipalities, engineers, architects, planning and legal professionals on a regular basis, providing spatial, boundary, and title information as required for land use, development, and environmental protection. A BC land surveyor is an expert on all statutory requirements of land development, on the provincial land title system and land title registration procedures.

BCLS are charged with the responsibility of carrying out all legal surveys within BC, which include surveys of land (property boundaries), water and airspace, rights of way, condominiums, leases, and mining claims. According to the Land Surveyors Act, only a BC land surveyor may carry out certain tasks, including establish or re-establish property boundaries.

BCLS have a primary responsibility to maintain the integrity of the legal survey fabric (also called the cadastre) because they are the legally appointed caretakers of this system on which titles or rights to land are based. BCLS carry out these responsibilities with impartiality to their client, in all fairness and equity, for the protection of the public interest. BCLS are proud of their profession and their responsibility to the public. They see the benefit of working proactively across sectors and industries.

Land surveyors enter the profession through a rigorous process. After either graduating from an accredited geomatic engineering program (offered at the University of New Brunswick, the University of Calgary or the British Columbia Institute of Technology), or achieving a certificate of completion through the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors, land surveyors in training enter into an articling period of 12-36 months. Once the articling period and its associated field projects are successfully completed, the candidate must sit professional examinations and a professional assessment interview before one can be commissioned as a BC land surveyor.

A complete list of practicing BCLS, along with further information about the profession and employment opportunities, can be found at the Association of BC Land Surveyors’ website, www.abcls.ca.