Posts Tagged ‘Vancouver’

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


2012 SAB Awards Winning Project - Biological Sciences Building University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

The mandate of the University of British Columbia Renew program is to modernize, rather than replace, out-dated and obsolete buildings. By rehabilitating old structures, substantial reductions in raw materials, energy inputs, and pollutants are achieved – more than any replacement ‘green’ building could accomplish.


Performance Matters: The Next Generation of Sustainable buildings and communities

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Millennium Water, Vancouver

Reflections on the Promise, Process and Performance of a prototype sustainable community

With a long and checkered history spanning more than a decade, several municipal elections and  multiple  about-turns in design direction, the development of Vancouver’s South East False Creek [SEFC] sustainable neighbourhood, has attracted more controversy than any other planning initiative since Expo ’86.



Mechanical and structural marvel gives lesson in resource conservation

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Richmond Olympic Oval

At night the structure of the building is clearly visible: the main arches that span 100m across the sports hall spring from inclined concrete buttresses, while the gently curved roof panels soften the silhouette [photo by Hubert Kang].

by Jim Taggart

The Richmond Olympic Oval is the largest structure to be built for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games to be held in Vancouver and Whistler BC. The Oval has been designed to accommodate the Olympic long track speed-skating events with seating for 8,000 spectators, before being transformed into a multi-sports training and recreation facility after the Games. Located adjacent to the Middle Arm of the Fraser River minutes from Vancouver’s international airport, the facility will become the focus of a new residential and commercial neighbourhood. (more…)

When Eco-Density replaces sound planning

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

by Hubert Culham

Since the environment is now invoked by politicians world-wide to justify almost anything, Canadians should watch Vancouver, where the catchy political slogan of Eco-Density has now replaced sound planning process and policy at City Hall. (more…)

Wakefield Beach Houses

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Development combines density and conservation

Creating the Wakefield Beach Community

Curved roofs evoke the rolling ocean breakers. The development uses geothermal heating and cooling, high performance windows, solar-powered street lighting, and water conserving plumbing fixtures
by Bo Helliwell

Retirement and recreation homes now flank most of the coastal roads in south-western British Columbia and demand is increasing.
Environmentally, the typical linear, low density form of subdivision has little to recommend it, as it squanders precious waterfront land, negatively impacts or destroys often delicate shoreline ecosystems, and compromises public access to beaches and inter-tidal areas. (more…)

Density by Design - The EcoDensity reality

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Vancouver’s much debated EcoDensity Charter will finally be put before city council for ratification next month. Not a policy document, but rather one that influences policy, the charter describes itself as ‘a contract between the city and its citizens, both current and future.’ (more…)

Hamilton Fire Hall

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Design incorporates building and site in quest for LEED Gold

The east elevation. Sustainable design features are incorporated with the program needs of the fire hall and its training facilities.
by Kimberley Johnston

Expanding the idea of protective services to embrace the protection of the environment, the Hamilton Fire Hall in Richmond BC, combines concepts of sustainable architecture with the specific programmatic needs of the Richmond Fire Department. A career fire hall staffed by full time fire fighters, it is located in a rapidly growing neighbourhood adjacent to McLean Park on the city’s eastern edge. (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…)