Evolution: Can human intelligence design better than nature?

“What do you think of the exhibit?” a nice lady asks me outside of the exhibition space. “I think there’s too much text”, I tell her. “Yeah, you really have to think through it.” Continue reading “Evolution: Can human intelligence design better than nature?”

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PNEU | a spatial experience

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Set within the historic Church of Holy Trinity in the heart of Trinity Square and steps from the Eaton Centre, the opening party of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival launched. The main feature of the event is an installation from Design Fabrication Zone (DFZ), Ryerson University’s interdisciplinary incubator for design and fabrication. This is the description of the installation provided by the designers: Continue reading “PNEU | a spatial experience”

OCAD: Creative City Campus

OCAD University’s constant evolution is based in the belief that creativity serves a vital function in society – that imaginations have the unique power to develop real-world solutions to improve and transform lives.

To lead the helm of The Creative City Campus (CCC) project with looks to revitalize and expand the institution’s core creative spaces on McCaul Street will be two internationally-renowned firms, Morphosis and Teeple Architects, who will work with Two Row Architect, a 100 per cent native-owned and operated firm on the Six Nations in Southern Ontario, to create the Indigenous Visual Culture and Student Centre and to ensure that Indigeneity is embedded successfully throughout the project. Continue reading “OCAD: Creative City Campus”

New Double Deck Go Buses

These buses were made for me…well for those travelling to-and-from the Hamilton GO station. When I first saw them on the road, I was excited because it meant that I could get a new perspective on my daily commutes. Here are some quick facts about the new buses:

  • lower floors, and a longer, more gradual ramp for easier boarding and exiting
  • two wider mobility device areas to provide improved maneuverability
  • eight electrical outlets for customer use (four on each level) with two in the wheeled mobility device area
  • automated next-stop announcements and visual displays for consistent and timely information (available on all GO Buses)
  • more space to store luggage
  • reclining seats on the lower floor
  • tinted windows for increased UV protection and temperature control
  • We’re adding 38 of these buses to our fleet by the end of 2016, and will have a total of 253 by 2020.

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The Nativity Scene

Yesterday was World Peace Day, and during Father’s homily he mentioned that the Nativity scene is the perfect example of a symbol peace at Christmas. St. Francis of Assisi is credited with the creation of the first nativity scene in which he brought animals and humans together to celebrate Christ’s birth.

This made me think of the Nativity scenes that are positioned in public spaces during the holiday season. In Hamilton, we are lucky to have a nativity scene positioned outside of city hall. I have one made of cardboard and little figurines. But the one that is probably the most famous is the annual display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) in New York City. The Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Creche, in the Museum’s Medieval Sculpture Hall. Continue reading “The Nativity Scene”

Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT)

October of last year, I traveled to Lisbon Portugal to visit the 4th Lisbon Architecture Trienniale. As part of the opening the newly constructed MAAT (Museum of Art Architecture Technology) opened it’s doors to the public. The undulating structure, designed by AL_A is located on the River Tagus in the district of Belem, at the heart of an urban revitalization plan along Lisbon’s historic waterfront.

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Placemaking in Hamilton, A Driver for Economic Growth

Several months ago, the Ontario Association of Architects, in partnership with the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce presented a panel discussion, “Hamilton Placemaking as a Driver for Economic Growth.” The event featured talks by Jason Thorne (General Manager of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Hamilton,) Steve Kulakowsky (Partner, Core Urban, Inc.,) Sonja Macdonald (Principal, Civicplan,) Rob Zeidler (Partner, The Dabbert Group,) Richard W. Allen (Director of The Renew Hamilton Project, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.)

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The discussion was held during the 2015 Supercrawl, a local festival with a success story of explosive grassroots growth that leveraged the creative energy of its arts sector. This set the perfect stage to have this type of discussion; with a  community that is eager to grow and link its neighbourhoods. Rob Zeilder, who has several successful properties in Toronto, talked about the importance of placemaking in a building. Continue reading “Placemaking in Hamilton, A Driver for Economic Growth”

Dear World… Yours, Cambridge – Miguel Chevalier

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Artist Miguel Chevalier recently created a series of immersive projections that added a spellbound layer to a University of Cambridge charity event. The fundraising occasion featured Chevalier’s designs front and center in the King’s College Chapel, as they wrapped the historic interior in a myriad of changing colours, patterns, and textures. It was a striking juxtaposition that fused contemporary imagery with 16th-century Gothic English architecture—a mashup of old and new that brought the building to life.

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