130 Years in the Making: A Brief History of Vancouver’s Chinatown

By Shawn O’Hara
Vancity Buzz, Feb 2, 2016

Image: Vancouver Chinatown Market Alley circa 1940s. Courtesy of SFU David See-Chai Lam Centre for International Communication and Vancity Buzz(Image: Vancouver Chinatown Market Alley circa 1940s. Courtesy of SFU David See-Chai Lam Centre for International Communication and Vancity Buzz)

Since before the city’s founding, Vancouver has been home to a significant Chinese population. As the people behind much of the city’s industry, trades and economic activity, the early days of Vancouver were defined in large part by its Chinese residents.

So to celebrate Chinese New Year, which takes place on February 8, we decided to take a brief look back at the 130-year history of one of Vancouver’s most culturally significant neighbourhoods. Read more…

Look Ma, No Handrails: Can You Carry Minimalism Too Far?

by Lloyd Alter
Treehugger, Jan 21, 2016

Image: Ninja House designed by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects. Courtesy of Hiroyasu Sakaguchi, ArchDaily and Treehugger(Image: Ninja House designed by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects. Courtesy of Hiroyasu Sakaguchi, ArchDaily and Treehugger)

A few years ago I asked “Why are Japanese houses so weird?” and you don’t want to read the comments; I am evidently a xenophobic American. But the fact is, many of them are.

Now Dornob shows what they call the Ninja House, which is actually the T House, designed by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects and shown on ArchDaily a few years ago. It is both weird and a deathtrap all at once. Read more…

Beautiful Architecture Positively Affects Human Health

By Steve Hansen
Sourceable.net, Feb 4, 2016

Image: Canary Wharf, London. Courtesy of Sourceable.net(Image: Canary Wharf, London. Courtesy of Sourceable.net)

According to researchers at Warwick Business School in Coventry, UK, beautiful architecture has a positive impact on human health.

PhD student Chanuki Seresinhe, associate professor of Behavioural Science and Finance Tobias Preis, and associate professor of Behavioural Science Suzy Moat published their findings in a paper titled Quantifying the Impact of Scenic Environments on Health.

Their methodology involved showing study subjects photos from the web site “Scenic or Not,” a crowdsourced resource of more than 217,000 geotagged photos from across Great Britain. Participants were asked to rate each photo on a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 indicating “very scenic,” and 1 indicating “not scenic.”

They then correlated the results with data on self-reported health from the 2011 Census. Read more…

CES Reporting Period Deadline: Five Months Remaining to Earn and Report LUs

Top 5 Ways to Earn LUsFive Ways to Earn Learning Units (LUs) for Your Continuing Education System (CES) Requirements

  1. Attend AIBC Registered Educational Provider (REP) Events (LUs reported by AIBC)
    The AIBC Registered Educational Provider program provides opportunities for members to obtain LUs that are pre-approved by the AIBC. At REP events you will be asked to sign an attendance record, this attendance record will be submitted to the AIBC and the LUs will be reported to your account on your behalf. For more information on our REPs and a complete list of AIBC providers, please visit the REP page on the AIBC website. For a list of upcoming REP events, check out AIBC eNews which has the most up-to-date listings of REP events.
  2. Attend the AIBC Annual Conference (LUs reported by AIBC)
    The 2016 AIBC Annual Conference will be at the Vancouver Convention Centre from Monday, May 16 to Wednesday, May 18. This year’s conference theme is Building A Resilient Future and includes a keynote presentation, plenary session, seminars, workshops and movie night – all of which will be eligible for core and non-core LUs. Please visit the AIBC website for more information. Conference registration will open in March.
  3. Read Online Articles (Self-reported LUs)
    There are a number of online learning opportunities that might be helpful to you. Please note the two different ways to report the reading of online articles. One method is completing a quiz after you have completed the article. A quiz with an article can be reported as core if the topic presented in the article complies with the guidelines for core topics in Bulletin 80. Any articles that are not accompanied by a quiz, even if the topic is a core topic, is only eligible to be reported as non-core. Please see Bulletin 80 for more details. Some suggested online continuing education sources:
    AEC Daily
    Architect Magazine
    Architectural Record
    Red Vector
  4. Become a Volunteer (Self-reported non-core opportunities and non-core LUs reported by AIBC)
    Becoming a volunteer is a great way to gain non-core LUs and help out the architectural community. A member can only report eight maximum volunteer LUs per two-year reporting period, and these do not carry over to the next reporting period. There are many different volunteer opportunities, here are examples of the most reported types:
    Sitting on AIBC Council, board, committee, task force or working group; or representative to a professional organization, or municipal design panel (LUs reported by AIBC) – You are eligible for one LU, per one year of the reporting period (maximum two LUs per two-year reporting period).
    Be an AIBC Mentor (Self-reported LUs) – You are eligible to self-report one LU, per intern that you mentor through the AIBC mentoring program, per year of a reporting period (up to a maximum of two LUs per reporting period). You must be listed as the intern’s mentor on our AIBC records.
    Community Committees (Self-reported LUs) – There are many architecturally relevant committees in the community that you may sit on and report for LUs, similar to AIBC committees you are only eligible to report up to two LUs per committee, per reporting period. The only requirement is that the committee be architecturally relevant.
  5. Attend Other Architecturally Relevant Events (Self-reported LUs)
    A member is eligible to report any learning activities that they participate in as long as they feel they correspond and are inline with the guidelines laid out in Bulletin 80. Attend architectural events around town, and self-report the LUs when you do. Make sure to fill in the self-report form with as much detail as you are able, and keep backup documentation that you attended the event. Please ensure any events that you are self-reporting are NOT an AIBC event or an REP event. If you are unsure, please contact the event provider or review our list of REPs.

Please note: All self-reported submissions are considered on an individual basis and are subject to review and approval by the AIBC’s Professional Services Department. CES participants may be asked to provide supporting documentation in order to support the validity of their self-reported learning activities.

AIBC-registered architects and architectural technologists are reminded that the AIBC’s Mandatory CES two-year reporting period’s deadline is Thursday, June 30, 2016. This means participants must ensure they earn a total of 36 LUs for the two-year period.

For your convenience, an FAQ has been posted on the AIBC website to address commonly-asked questions.

Should you have any additional questions or require assistance, please contact Chloe Bouskill, professional development coordinator at cbouskill@aibc.ca.

Role Call: Oral Review Panelists

The institute is looking to expand its roster of volunteer architects to serve as oral review panelists. The oral review is a crucial step in the process for intern architects and alternative qualifications candidates seeking to register with the AIBC. Reviewers participate in a three person panel to assess and evaluate a candidate’s ability to understand the practice of architecture and how it is carried out and regulated in B.C. This is an ideal opportunity to stay updated on current issues and to help applicants in becoming future architects.

Interested candidates should be registered Architects AIBC in good standing; have a minimum of 5 years’ experience practicing architecture; have a broad understanding of the practice and regulation of architecture in BC; and strong communication skills.

Oral reviews are held three times per year (February, June and October). Volunteers are entitled to one non-core learning unit for each evening of attendance.

If you are interested, please contact Human Resources and Administration Coordinator, Yana Vassilenko, at hr@aibc.ca.

International Women in Architecture Survey

International Women in Architecture SurveyAn international survey is being conducted by Eva Alvarez to explore what has changed for women in architecture over the last 40 years. It has been 40 years since Architectural Design published the August 1975 issue on Women in Architecture. The editor, Monica Pidgeon, sent letters out to 100 women architects asking them: what can women contribute that men can’t (and vice versa) and what are the advantages or a disadvantages of being a woman in architecture. We want to know what has changed for women by asking a few simple questions. The survey should not take more than 10 minutes to answer. There are still not enough women in architecture and your help in responding to this survey will help gain a greater understanding of the issues. Your responses will be taken in total confidence and remain anonymous.

The survey is available in six languages and will provide an update on the 1975 special issue of AD on Women in Architecture.

You can take the survey on the Women and Architecture website. We encourage everyone to contribute.

AIBC Vancouver Island Chapter Appreciation Night

Since this year’s Festival of Architecture is being held in Nanaimo (a rare occurrence to have the Festival out West), it’s only appropriate that the focus of this year’s Appreciation Night should be on the RAIC Syllabus Program.

Victoria is very fortunate to have a very active Syllabus Program, special thanks to Christine Lintot Architect AIBC for heading up this program. There are approximately 15 students in the Victoria Syllabus Program and many of these students will display their projects that night and provide exposure to many local architects and other interested students. The Festival of Architecture is in the process of holding a design project among high school students on the Island. Thirty-one schools have entered competition and the winners will be able to construct a model of the designs in Nanaimo. Ian Naimath Architect AIBC, one of the tireless volunteers of the Festival, is planning on attending the Appreciation Night to provide an overview of what to expect at the Festival.

As a juxtaposition, Richard Linzey (RIBA) and head of the BC Heritage Branch will make a presentation on “A Career in Ruins” (but not literally)! John Cooke Heritage Restoration Engineer from Ottawa is also planning on attending and providing some brief overviews of Heritage Restoration to supplement Richard’s presentation.

The Appreciation Night is a “thank you” to all who presented to the Chapter in the past year, a time to leave the business at the office and provide an opportunity to socialize with our friends, colleagues, peers, mentors.

7-10 p.m. Architectural Project Displays (Royal Architects Institute of Canada Syllabus Students)
7:30 p.m. Opening remarks by Catherine Nickerson Architect AIBC, AIBC Council
RAIC Festival of Architecture Outline by Ian Niamath Architect AIBC
8 p.m. Seismic heritage retrofit of the Peace Tower-Parliament Hill by John Cooke P.Eng.
8:30 p.m. A Career in Ruins by Richard Linzey, BC Heritage Branch
9 p.m. UVIC Architectural Archival Projects and Materials by Martin Seeger

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 7-10 p.m.
Location: Cedar Hill Golf Course, 1400 Derby Road, Saanich
Cost: $25
Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/aibc-vancouver-island-chapter-appreciation-night-tickets-20823822614

In Passing: Natalie Dickson Hall

Natalie Dickson HallBorn Easter Sunday April 8, 1928 in Arlington, Massachusetts, Natalie passed away peacefully January 13, 2016 in Vancouver. Her beloved husband, Hugh Upham Hall, predeceased her in 1991. She was deeply loved by her children, Harriet (David), Dickson (Christine), Katherine and Carl (Mary) and grandchildren, Jackson, Blythe, Katie, Graham (deceased), Theo, Nicholas, Thomas, Max and Alison. Natalie viewed life as an adventure from her earliest years. After graduation from Radcliffe College (BA, History), she married Hugh (MBA, Harvard) and accompanied him, first to the wilds of Port Alberni, and then to Vancouver where she raised her family and became a Canadian citizen. She then carved a twenty-year career as a librarian for the UBC School of Architecture out of a six-week temporary position. She was an active member of Canadian Memorial United Church; her faith and devotion were a source of deep satisfaction. She loved to travel but also found time to volunteer within her community. Natalie touched many lives and will be very much missed by her family and friends. Her life will be celebrated at Canadian Memorial United Church, 1825 W. 16th Ave, on Saturday, January 30 at 4 pm, followed by a reception at the Centre for Peace. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Natalie to kiva.org, a micro-lending non-profit operating internationally.

Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from January 22-23, 2016.

Construction Specification Canada (CSC)

Risking It All: The Consequences of Failing to Uphold Worker Safety Regulations
Through a review of some recent high-profile workplace accidents which resulted in catastrophic injuries or fatalities, this session will focus on the risks associated with responsible parties failing to uphold work safety regulations. The session will address issues like who is responsible for upholding such regulations, what the consequences can be for failing to do so, and the contemporary approach of government regulators such as WorkSafeBC to these incidents. This session will be relevant to anyone involved in the construction process, including persons responsible for the design or planning of construction methods.

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Current understanding of Workplace Safety Regulations in British Columbia
2. Understand the responsibility and consequences of failing to uphold these regulations
3. Approach and response of government regulators such as WorkSafeBC

David’s practice is almost exclusively focused on construction matters since joining Jenkins Marzban LLP in 2015. David acts for all types of parties in the construction industry, ranging from owners and general contractors to material suppliers. David represents his clients in all aspects of the dispute resolution process, including mediation, arbitration, litigation and settlement negotiations. David was called to the British Columbia bar in 2011.

Date: February 11, 2016, 12:30-1:30pm
Location: Sandman Hotel, 180 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
AIBC Learning Units (LUs): 1 Non-Core LU
Cost: $39.90 for CSC members, $50.40 non-members
Register: Online at http://vancouver.csc-dcc.ca

Canadian Passive House Institute West

Course 120: 10 Day Passive House Design and Construction
This 100 level 10 day foundation course is offered in two parts (A & B) – with an option to take part A only.

This course is aimed at all current and aspiring building industry professionals who are motivated to learn how to build to the world’s most advanced and energy efficient construction standard.

Date: Part A: February 4-7 | Part B: February 11-13, 2016, 9am-5pm all days
Location: Songhees Nation Room, Victoria City Hall, 1 Centennial Sq., Victoria
AIBC Learning Units (LUs): Part A: 26 Core | Part B: 16.25 Core
Cost: Parts A & B: $1500 for BC residents & CanPHI West members
Register: For details and registration please visit the course page: http://canphi.ca/event/120-10-day-passive-house-design-and-construction-course-victoria/

Women in Architecture Vancouver

Health, Community-Based Design, and Architecture: A Northern Perspective
Join us for a special evening with Dr. Nancy Mackin, 2015 recipient of the Barbara Dalrymple Memorial Award for Community Service, where she will present videos and photographs of community-led design projects to encourage discussion about climate change, health, and the wisdom embedded in vernacular architecture and community-led design. Her efforts demonstrate her commitment to providing young people a direct voice in how, where and under what conditions they enjoy their active recreational environment. Recently, the Vancouver Sun profiled Dr. Mackin and her work, read the article.

Date: February 11, 2016, 6-7:30pm
Location: Architectural Institute of BC, 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver
AIBC Learning Units (LUs): 1 Core LU
Cost: Free
Register: Online at http://northernperspective.eventbrite.ca

BC Construction Roundtable

Pacific NorthWest LNG
Pacific NorthWest LNG is a proposed natural gas liquefaction and export facility on Lelu Island within the District of Port Edward on land administered by the Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA). The export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is a new industry in BC with significant economic and social potential. Pacific NorthWest LNG will create new economic and social benefits for the local community, BC and Canada in an environmentally safe and sustainable manner.

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016, 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Location: Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
AIBC Learning Units (LUs): 1.5 Non-Core LU
Cost: $70
Register: Online at http://bccr.net/category/events/upcoming-events/

British Columbia Building Envelope Council

Building Smart with Air & Vapour Barriers
This half-day workshop will focus on the use of air and vapour barriers in single and multi-unit residential buildings. Join a panel of building envelope experts who will share building science principles, design considerations and practical installation details. Speakers will examine challenges and options for improving the durability, safety, comforts and energy efficiency of building through the effective use of barrier materials.

Date: February 18, 2016, 8am-12pm
Location: The Italian Cultural Centre Society, 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver
AIBC Learning Units (LUs): 3.25 Core
Cost: Different packages available
Register: Online at www.BCBEC.com

Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Historic Stanley Park: From British Enclave to Urban Oasis
Maurice Guibord leads a walking tour and illustrated lecture on Stanley Park. After touring a fascinating corner of the park warm up with complementary coffee and enjoy a lecture inside the Vancouver Rowing Club.

Date: February 21, 2016, 9:30am-12pm
Location: Stanley Park and Vancouver Rowing Club
AIBC Learning Units (LUs): 2.5 Non-Core
Cost: $20
Register: Online at https://register.beanstream.com/scripts/registration.asp?form=2621

SAFTI First Fire Rated Glazing Solutions

NBC Code Considerations in Fire Rated Glass
Advances in new fire rated glazing and framing technology and performance have made it possible for architects to design clear and innovative spaces like never before. With fire and safety glazing codes changing dramatically over the last few years, there is much confusion on which products are appropriate for certain applications based on current code requirements. This webinar program aims to: Review NBC and fire test requirements when designing for life safety and explain the relationship of fire safety and human impact safety. It will also clarify the difference between fire protective vs. fire resistive glazing code requirements addressing life safety and provide you with the latest product information.

Date: February 24, 2016, 10-11am
Location: Webinar
AIBC Learning Units (LUs): 1 Core LU
Cost: Free
Register: Online at http://safti.com/aibc-webinar/