Posts Tagged ‘Jim Taggart’

Sustainability: the story from here

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

In this second of two articles on emerging architectural practices across the country, we look at the work of KANVA in Montreal, and Acre Architects in Saint John. Both practices look to the history, culture and social fabric of existing communities as the roots from which new urban narratives can emerge. The future is fiction, and it is inspiration and participation that will enable us to weave these narratives into a new reality that is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.

By Jim Taggart, Editor

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Sustainability from the ground up

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Locally-inspired architecture with a global reach

This is the first of two articles featuring the work of emerging practices from across the country, whose vision of sustainability embraces holistic solutions implemented at a small scale. The work gives physical form to the emerging culture of cooperation and collaboration that is the foundation of social sustainability. Local in its inspiration, this work nonetheless illustrates the
transformative power of architecture, and plants the seeds of civic ecologies whose principles are global in scope.

By Jim Taggart, SABMag editor

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King Edward Villa

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Innovative thinking derives maximum benefit
from construction budget

King Edward Villa is a six-storey mixed-use building located in east Vancouver. The ground floor commercial space and the single level of underground parking are constructed in concrete, with five storeys of wood frame construction housing 77 rental apartments above.

By Jim Taggart

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Askew’s Uptown Supermarket

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Flagship building delivers performance, anchors fresh ideas in mixed-use development

A rapidly growing community of about 18,000 residents, Salmon Arm lies midway between Calgary and Vancouver on the south shore of Shuswap Lake. Established in the 1880s during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, it has a compact and characterful downtown core, now unfortunately surrounded by the kind of sprawling and generic development typical of every other Canadian city of similar age and size.

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Regenerative Design in Practice

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

The Vale Living with Lakes Centre

The quest for a sustainable architecture must ultimately embrace the challenge of ecological regeneration. This idea has gained traction internationally through the work of architects such as Sin van der Ryn and Bill Reed, while in Canada the movement has been led by Dr. Ray Cole at the University of British Columbia.

By Jim Taggart

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The BlueShore Financial Environmental Learning Centre

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Light footprint provides lessons in environmental stewardship

From its 175 hectare rural campus 85km north of Vancouver BC, the North Vancouver Outdoor School [NVOS] has offered environmental education  programs on behalf of School District 44 for more than 40 years. Every elementary student in the district spends at least a few days at the school, wading alongside spawning salmon, identifying and tasting wild berries, tending to farm animals, observing eagles or immersing themselves in a multitude of other outdoor learning experiences.

By Jim Taggart

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2014 AWARD-WINNING PROJECT: Mountain Equipment Co-op Store, North Vancouver

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

JURY COMMENT
A beautiful building with impressive performance - the more so because it is a retail facility that needs to attract and engage customers. The site development and integration with the park is carefully considered. MEC raises the bar every time it
developes a new store.

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WEB EXCLUSIVE ARTICLE: Prefabrication in wood

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Almost a century ago, the Modern Movement began with a strong social agenda and the belief that the new technology of mass production could be harnessed to improve the circumstances of ordinary people. For the last several decades, technology in architecture has become an end in itself.

By Jim Taggart, SABMag Editor

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2013 CANADIAN GREEN BUILDING AWARDS WINNING PROJECTS

Monday, June 10th, 2013

The eight projects selected in the 2013 Canadian Green Building Awards are among the most exemplary sustainably-designed buildings in Canada. Our thanks to our jurors for their diligence, and to our sponsors whose support make the Awards possible. We especially thank all those who entered the 2013 Awards. Your participation is helping to advance ideas of improved building design for the betterment of the Canadian public.

GEORGIA GREEN ECO 4-PLEX, Vancouver, BC

THROUGH HOUSE, Toronto, ON

ALGONQUIN CENTRE FOR CONSTRUCTION EXCELLENCE, Ottawa, ON

STATION NO.1 HOUSING CO-OP, Montréal, QC

THE BELMONT | BUILDING ENVELOPE RENEWAL, Vancouver, BC

UNIVERCITY CHILDCARE, Burnaby, BC

NOVA SCOTIA POWER HEADQUARTERS, Halifax, NS

COUNTY OF SIMCOE ADMINISTRATIVE CENTRE EXPANSION, Midhurst, ON

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UNIVERCITY CHILDCARE - Burnaby, BC

Monday, June 10th, 2013

J URY COMMENT - A project notable for its modesty, but which at the same time is warm and inviting in its materiality and use of natural daylight. The interiors are beautiful, the surrounding landscaping makes for an appealing playspace, and the performance numbers for energy and water are particularly impressive. The directness of the design approach and the simplicity of the environmental systems offers a level of confidence that net zero performance can be maintained over time. All and all an engaging environment in which future generations can learn about sustainability.

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