Corporation of Delta Request for Qualifications (Boundary Bay Fire Hall)

The Corporation of Delta recently issued a Request for Qualifications for the Boundary Bay Fire Hall that stated a second stage would include a competition, without reference to it being an AIBC-approved competition.

The AIBC has worked with Delta to assist in crafting an RFQ/RFP process that is in accordance with AIBC requirements. Delta is committed to selecting and engaging an architect per AIBC requirements and has issued an addendum (addendum #2) to this RFQ clarifying the issue. Note the addendum also revises the project schedule.

Architects are encouraged to respond to this opportunity. The deadline is December 7, 2015.

Controversial ‘Origami’ Tower Proposal Revised

by Naoibh O’Connor
Vancouver Courier, Dec 1, 2015

Image: The original plan for the Waterfront Tower at 555 West Cordova was widely panned, but the design team is revising its proposal. Courtesy of Vancouver Courier, photo by Dan Toulgoet(Image: The original plan for the Waterfront Tower at 555 West Cordova was widely panned, but the design team is revising its proposal. Courtesy of Vancouver Courier, photo by Dan Toulgoet)

Cadillac Fairview’s controversial Waterfront Tower is being re-imagined to be more sensitive to the historic Waterfront Station and The Landing heritage building, which flank the site, according to urban design consultant James Cheng of James K.M. Cheng Architects Inc.

Cheng was brought in as a project advisor after an avalanche of criticism derailed the original proposal last January. Cheng helped the design team develop new design principles and guidelines on which the latest scheme is being based. Read more…

Nine Most Popular Houses Published in Dezeen

by staff
Dezeen, Nov 17, 2015

Image: A spiralling concrete slide connects the kitchen and child's bedroom of this family house near Jakarta designed by Indonesian architects Aboday. Courtesy Dezeen, photo by Happy Lim(Image: A spiralling concrete slide connects the kitchen and child’s bedroom of this family house near Jakarta designed by Indonesian architects Aboday. Courtesy Dezeen, photo by Happy Lim)

We’ve published thousands of beautiful houses since Dezeen was founded. To mark our ninth birthday today, we’re revisiting the nine that have been most popular with our readers (+ slideshow). Read more…

Low-Tech Tool Helps Designers Create Healthier Spaces

by Carolyn Abate
Metropolis Magazine, Dec 1, 2015

The mindful MATERIALS initiative is designed to act as a sort of Dewey-Decimal system of icons that rest on the spine of product binders to easily and readily inform designers about the chemical content and environmental impact information of those products. Courtesy of mindful MATERIALS, Metropolis Magazine

(Image: The mindful MATERIALS initiative is designed to act as a sort of Dewey-Decimal system of icons that rest on the spine of product binders to easily and readily inform designers about the chemical content and environmental impact information of those products. Courtesy of mindful MATERIALS, Metropolis magazine)

When interior designers and architects want to provide clients with a variety of product options, they face a daunting task. To vet product information, they will conduct exhaustive online searches, on numerous databases. They comb through product sheets, one by one, seeking just the right fit. Regardless of the method they use, it is always time consuming. And time is the one thing most designers don’t have to spare. But sometimes it takes the simplest solution to solve a complex task.

The mindful MATERIALS initiative, recently launched by HKS, is about to transform how designers do their jobs. In the process, it will usher in a new era of product transparency for furnishing products. Read more…