Posts Tagged ‘sustainability’

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


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


Bluenose Academy

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Targeting LEED Gold, the design team for the Bluenose Academy focused its attention on creating a contemporary high-performance building that  also paid homage to the significant built heritage of the town, much of which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

By John Crace


Halifax Seaport Farmers Market - Renovation and expansion of shipping warehouse achieves LEED Platinum

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

The Halifax Farmers Market is the oldest continually operating market of its type in North America, and a new waterfront facility, adjacent to the city’s cruise ship terminal, is the market’s 14th location since its establishment by royal proclamation in 1750.



The Architecture of Engagement

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

We ask our readers’ views on human-centred approach to sustainability

In May 2012, we received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, to conduct interactive research on urban design and  building projects that represent of a more holistic and human centred approach to sustainability. This work is being undertaken
in the belief that we must shift our focus from technological fixes to true cultural change if we are to secure a sustainable future. We’re asking you, our readers, to contribute your ideas and insights to this project which we are launching under the title ‘The Architecture of Engagement’.

By Jim Taggart

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2012 SAB Awards Winning Project - Tallgrass Prairie Pavilion

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

The 65m2 three-season off-grid retreat sits on a 95-acre former tobacco farm in Norfolk County that is undergoing restoration by the owner to tallgrass prairie/black oak savanna, a rare habitat in North America as over 98% has been converted to farmland. The owners’ interest in both design and the conservation of natural areas provided an opportunity to explore a modern approach to sustainability that is rooted in the ecology of the site.



Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Sustainability as a Driver of Artistic Innovation

Artistic originality is rarely mentioned in the context of sustainable architecture and construction. For example, Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid-like buildings have not found a place in this magazine. In fact, when architects of this avant-garde ilk claim how their buildings do deploy environmentally-responsible features, their claims have seemed to lack credibility or at best sound like secondary rationales. I firmly believe, however, that environmentally-responsible thinking can be a fruitful driver of artistic innovation in architecture.

By Paul Raff


A big-scale application of sustainable ideas

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Calgary Court Centre

Bridges connect the towers across the light-filled atrium at every level

by Bill Chomik

Located in the heart of Calgary, the new court centre serves both federal and provincial jurisdictions with a total of 73 courtrooms - one configured specifically for aboriginal hearings - making it the largest court facility in Canada. The design for the 1 million SF complex was driven by concerns for transparency, public space, sustainability, circulation, and flexibility. (more…)

Water and waste systems

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Net Zero Water

Sustainability performance at the building, neighbourhood and city scale

Emerging storm water management methods represent a key approach to sustainability of integrating ecosystems within our infrastructure. [NE Siskiyou Green Street, Portland, OR; Kevin Robert Perry, ASLA]
by Bud Fraser

How water and waste infrastructure strategies at different scales, from the building to the city, can respond to sustainability and other challenges. (more…)

Canadian Green Housing - Net-Zero Energy

Friday, November 16th, 2007

CMHC’s EQuilibrium initiative sets new course

The 12 EQuilibrium houses will be “Net zero” energy: producing as much energy as they use over the course of a year, and could well set the course for the design and construction of future housing in Canada. [Photo: Will Bruder Architects, Ltd.]
by Al Dueck

The Canadian housing industry has seen several green design initiatives in the past number of years, ranging from R2000 to Super E. To a greater or lesser degree, each of these programs has had the effect of leveraging our newer housing stock to higher levels of performance. (more…)