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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Toronto of the future revealed tomorrow at Nuit Blanche

Toronto of the future, as imagined by the Ontario Association of Architects, for Nuit Blanche. How will the Toronto of the future look? What does it mean to say that the city will “not occupy the land but the area above it”? Can you imagine a cityscape where buildings are “hung,” where unused spaces such as rail corridors and power grids are reclaimed, and water becomes “a target for expansion”? Do you understand how office towers will act as “an urban lung” to provide a new relationship between built form and the atmosphere? Are you prepared to play your part as an “essential component” in the process of developing a ... Read More »

College’s Green Buildings Centre will boost innovation, sustainability

George Brown College’s new Green Buildings Centre will foster new products, materials and business development, as well as training students in sustainable building practices. Toronto’s sustainable construction industry will get a major boost from a new Green Buildings Centre being developed at George Brown College. The federal government announced a $6.6 million investment in the centre today, which, combined with the college’s own investment of $6.8 million, will go to the creation of a research, development and innovation facility focused on green building construction, or sustainable building. George Brown College currently provides approximately half of all construction education in the province of Ontario, with diploma programs ranging from architectural technology ... Read More »

Design district event offers prizes, supports Habitat for Humanity

If you are looking for inspiration in the décor department. there’s an event this weekend in the King Street East Design District that might help. Spend a few hours browsing some of Toronto’s best furniture and décor stores, which will be putting on “fun, interactive and educational” activities concerning “the art of design.” The King East Design District Exhibition, on this Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, is in support of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. A $10 “passport donation,” all of which goes to Habitat for Humanity, gets you a chance to win some pretty impressive prizes, such as A gift certificate worth $1,000 toward custom furniture from Alexander ... Read More »

Two beautiful spots for a hike this fall

Coming soon: fall colours on the Bruce Trail, a short drive west of Toronto. The coming weeks are among the best in the year for getting out of the city and taking a brisk walk or hike in the countryside. We’re blessed with many beautiful spots, both in and out of town, for taking in the colours and the fresher air of autumn, but two spots that are well worth a visit are about an hour from downtown Toronto. Rattlesnake Point, west of Toronto. Dramatic views from the edge of the Niagara Escarpment. Rattlesnake Point Some of the most beautiful scenic views in the province can be enjoyed here. The ... Read More »

Sharp to launch see-through solar panels for balcony railings, windows

New semi-transparent solar panels from Sharp turn balconies and windows into sources of power. They also serve as heat shields.  The technology of solar power is constantly evolving. Unfortunately, to generate industrial-capacity power, it is still necessary to lay out vast arrays of photovoltaic panels, all lined up and pointing at the sun. Some of these pv fields cover acres of land, or entire rooftops on buildings. Eventually, we imagine, manufacturers will discover how to increase the solar power conversion efficiency of the panels from present levels of 15–20 per cent, so that fewer, and smaller arrays will be needed to do the job. Sharp Electronics just announced a new ... Read More »

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