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Abacus Lofts

Design Writing: The Rise of the Mid-Rise

I’ve been freelancing in design circles again – here’s a piece I did for the Toronto Star’s Luxury Homes supplement. It’s on the new luxury lower-rise condos that are popping up around established downtown Toronto neighbourhoods. This kind of luxury means fewer neighbours, bigger units often overlooking a park, and convenient access to amenities. I focused on three: ABACUS, ORIGAMI
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Bing Thom & The Rubell Collection, in…Washington?

I was impressed by the Vancouver architect Bing Thom, who I heard speak last week at the Sustainable Suburbs conference in Toronto. Vancouver architect Bing Thom. Image: Thom’s Arena Stage at the Mead Centre for American Theatre. Image: Not only has Thom just designed an improbably well-received Arena Stage at the Mead Centre for American Theatre in Washington
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Art & Urbanism

Douglas Coupland’s Digital Orca in Vancouver. Image: This Thursday, I’ll be at the Sustainable Suburbs conference in Toronto. While it’s not about art, it will feature many architects and urban planners discussing the future of our communities, which has an impact on art.

Architecture: Vote for the Pug Awards!

Vote now for your favorite – or least favorite – buildings in Toronto! The Toronto skyline. Image: The Pug Awards, the people’s choice awards for architecture, celebrate the best in Toronto architecture and planning. Register and then decide what you love, like or hate. Right HERE.

Ooh, Edmonton! The New Art Gallery of Alberta

Here are some photos take this past weekend in Edmonton by friend-of-VoCA, Qasim Virjee of Design Guru. For info on the gallery, including The Murder of Crows by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller as well as Francisco Goya’s infamous print suites: Los Caprichos (1799) and The Disasters of War (1810-1820), which traveled from the National Gallery of Canada, please
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Canadian Pavilion: 1967 vs 2010

Thanks to the Canadian Design Resource, who tweeted these two images, with a *sigh* that we echo: Canadian Pavilion, or “Katimavik” at Expo 67. Image: The Canadian pavilion in Vancouver.  Federal Heritage Minister James Moore shows off the exterior of the 2010 Canada Pavilion (visible in the background) for the Vancouver Olympics. Image: