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Urban Design in Singapore

April 22, 2015

Glen Chua sends this along:

Thought some of your blog followers will find this four-episode documentary series interesting –




It’s focused on urban design and the evolution (or maybe I should say rapid development) of the building landscape in Singapore. Over the four episodes, there are references to several buildings featured in your previous posts:

Reflections at Keppel Bay

Marina Bay Sands

Interlace development

P.S. Perhaps you could start having a category for posts on Singapore in your blog?



April 22, 2015

Via CNN: Architecture website Architizer has just announced the winners of its 3rd annual A+ Awards, highlighting the best new building designs from around the world.

My choices:

Community Church (Knarvik, Norway) – Religious Buildings & Memorials:

award 1


Ring of Celestial Bliss (Hsinchu City, Taiwan) – Pop-up & Temporary:



Highway Rest Stop (Tbilisi, Georgia) – Bus & Train Stations:



The Bicycle Snake (Copenhagen) – Highways & Bridges:



Lots more here.

Vancouver Heritage Foundation: Upcoming Events

April 22, 2015
NEW! Heritage House Tour pre-tour lecture with Michael Kluckner:
A Brief History of the Vancouver Apartment and Condo
In an illustrated talk, Michael Kluckner takes a look at Vancouver’s apartment and condo history in two parts. He begins with the evolution of the apartment building, from humble flats above stores to the luxurious suites of the 1920s, the walk-ups of the 1940s and the high-rises of the 1960s. He also explores the social changes in the city – the passage in 1966 of the Strata Title Act, as well as other forms of collective ownership of buildings – that have turned tenants into owners and investors into landlords.
Tuesday, June 2
7:30 – 9:30 pm

University Women’s Club at Hycroft
1489 McRae Ave
Tickets $15 (inc. tax)

Heritage House Tour: The BEST BuildingHV 2
Originally the BC Telephone Company Offices and Stores, essentially a warehouse for spools of cables and wires, telephone and related equipment, this masonry building was later known as the BEST Building.  It is the oldest surviving building in the South East False Creek area, begun in 1913. In 2009 this sturdy building was converted into condo apartments. On June 7th, we’ll offer the chance to get inside three units in this building, all with historic elements but personalized to the homeowners taste. All have the impressive wood beams that will not be found in modern construction and have to be seen to be believed.
Heritage House Tour
Sunday, June 7
10 am – 5 pm

Tickets $40 or $30 with valid student ID

City Drinks: Behind the Scenes at the Hotel Vancouverhotel vancouver
Join VHF for an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Hotel Vancouver followed by wine and cheese in the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite with Dal Richards. There are only a few openings left for this intimate event at one of Vancouver’s most storied hotels, with one of our city’s most storied musicians. You’ll see historic parts of the hotel not open to the public and bask in the legacy of Dal Richard’s years performing at The Roof.
Thursday, May 7
6 – 8:30 pm

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Tickets $100 (inc. $50 tax receipt)  
Proceeds from this event help support VHF programs and special projects.

The Daily Durning: Dada

April 22, 2015

written in stone

A Referendum by, and on, the Premier

April 22, 2015

The federal Conservatives have created a dedicated fund for transit – and it’s pretty darn clear that the money flows to those with plans and funds to match:

The Sun:

Dubbed the new Public Transit Fund, the new money won’t start flowing to Canadian cities until 2017-18 — and with a $250-million down payment for the entire country that fiscal year.

The total will rise to $500 million in 2018-19, before reaching the targeted $1 billion in 201920. The new fund will be merit based, meaning that all regions shouldn’t expect transfers based on their share of the population. …

“That has a been a long time coming and despite the delay over the next few years, it should coincide with the major projects on Broadway and in Surrey for the construction dollars to flow,” Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said, adding it’s a start. “It roughly fits the timeline in the mayors’ plan so it should be in sync scaling up to the full $1 billion.”

Wouldn’t now be a good time for the Premier, whose idea this referendum was, to chime in here, not only confirming the Province’s participation in joint funding but also to urge a strong Yes vote as a way of nailing down these dollars?  This referendum will also be seen, certainly in retrospect, as a measure of her support for a strong, well-planned, well-served Metro region – or her indifference.

Paris versus – or vis-a-vis – New York

April 22, 2015

A popular theme, this comparison (for instance, this video).  And now this:

In 2012 Penguin Books published Vahram Muratyan’s book called “Paris versus NewYork”. Here’s Vahram’s ideas as base, completely reworked design and illustrations trying to keep visual similarity to original, animated all scenes.

Free Public Lecture: Jat Sandhu Equity, Opportunity and Good Health – Apr 30

April 22, 2015

Equity, Opportunity and Good Health: How Transportation Affects the Essential Qualities of Life In Metro Vancouver


The way transportation infrastructure is designed and the modes of transportation that we have access to impact our lifestyle and our health.

The lecture will review some of the evidence from other jurisdictions, but focus primarily on the findings from the My Health My Community project that surveyed 28,000 Metro Vancouver residents in 2013/14.

Dr. Jat Sandhu is the regional director of the public health surveillance unit at the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. The Unit was established in 2007 to support regional public health practice in the areas of health assessment, disease surveillance, epidemiological investigations and knowledge exchange.


Thursday, April 30

7:30 – 9 pm

Room 1200, SFU Segal School of Business, 500 Granville Street

Admission is free, but reservations are required. Reserve here.


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