Archive for the ‘sustainable design’ Category

innovative communities for a sustainable world

From space, astronauts can see whole continents and oceans in a single glance. If we imagine such a vantage point and begin to focus on Ontario, we can start to see how our communities interact with one another and what impact they might have on the planet as a whole. Ontario Centres of Excellence is […]

spectacular green roof installed at toronto city hall

spectacular green roof installed at toronto city hall

When Viljo Revell designed Toronto City Hall back in the sixties, the podium roof was for grand entries; you could drive up the ramp and walk right into the Council Chambers. It never quite worked out that way and was pretty much ignored for years. Not any more; this weekend Mayor Miller cut the ribbon […]

what we need is a new lifestyle, not a new fuel for the old lifestyle

James Howard Kunstler: The tragedy of suburbia James Howard Kunstler is one of the most acerbic critics of American suburbia and the waste of resources it represents. His critique of a landscape made for automobiles started with his two books “Home from Nowhere” and “Geography of Nowhere” which analyzed urban sprawl, the vapidity and lack […]

hair soaks up oil spills

You shampoo because hair collects oil. That means it can collect petroleum oil spills too. Over 300,000 pounds of hair are cut each day in the US and not to mention all the clippings from pet groomers. We hope you’ll enjoy this little film about Matter of Trust’s “Oil Spill Hair Mats Program” http://www.MatterOfTrust.org Our […]

eneropa: our energy future?

eneropa: our energy future?

Rem Koolhaas‘s architectural practice OMA has created an audacious design for an Europe-wide power network tapping into the different regions’ various renewable energy capabilities. Commissioned by the European Climate Foundation, the proposal claims it would cut carbon emissions in Europe by 80% by 2050. OMA’s proposal also cheekily redraws the map of Europe as ‘Eneropa‘, […]

open source ecology

Factor e Farm One Room Schoolhouse from Marcin Jakubowski on Vimeo. Open Source Ecology is a movement dedicated to the collaborative development of tools for replicable, open source, modern off-grid “resilient communities.” By using [permaculture] and digital fabrication together to provide for basic needs and open source methodology to allow low cost replication of the […]

underpass park

underpass park

Waterfront Toronto and landscape architect Greg Smallenberg (PFS) as we unveil plans for Underpass Park, the most extensive park to be built under an overpass in Canada. Located under the Eastern and Richmond/Adelaide overpasses in Torontos West Don Lands area (home of the 2015 Pan Am Games Athletes Village), this new park will transform a […]

toronto tower renewal

toronto tower renewal

The Toronto area contains the second largest concentration of high-rise buildings in North America. The majority of these are modern concrete residential buildings, built during the City’s post-war expansion. The Tower Renewal Project is an initiative to re-examine these buildings’ remarkable heritage, neighbourhood histories, current place in our city, and future potential in a green […]

lorraine gauthier + lisa moffitt: sustainable building panel

lorraine gauthier + lisa moffitt: sustainable building panel

subtle technologies presentation This panel will investigate some architectural projects that make use of sustainable building practices. Lorraine Gauthier Work Worth Doing Now House™ – One small house. One million opportunities. One of our biggest environmental challenges is improving the energy efficiency of houses that exist now. I will describe our progress in creating environmental […]

velo-city: chris hardwicke

velo-city: chris hardwicke

Velo-city is part concept, part vision. It is a highway for bikes, a network of elevated bikeways that connect distant parts of the city. Each direction of travel in Velo-city has a separate bikeway tube with three lanes of traffic for slow, medium and fast travel. The separation of direction reduces wind resistance and creates […]