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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Tech start-up claims it will smarten up your AC, save money

As a consumer, how do you decide whether some new smart technology is worth investing your hard-earned money in? You might begin by asking yourself whether it does something useful, something that will make your life easier in some significant way. Most people would also want the device itself to be easy to set up and use. The less set-up the better. And if the sales pitch includes the promise that using the new tech in question will save you fairly substantial quantities of money, that sale is pretty much done. Where do I sign? So, joining the ever-growing lineup of smart technology for the home, along comes tado° Cooling. ... Read More »

Toronto Public Library reveals new literary map of Toronto

Toronto didn’t make it onto the list of top 10 literary cities put together by National Geographic magazine in 2011 (a list on which Edinburgh and Dublin both took precedence over London, for unexplained reasons), but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a city of books, readers, authors and literary connections. The Toronto Public Library has taken a step that should add to Torontonians’ appreciation of our rich literary life. It has created an interactive literary map of the city, divided into nineteen distinct neighbourhoods. Each neighbourhood—from the Annex to Yorkville, via Cabbagetown, Little Italy, Rosedale, Riverdale and Toronto Island—has a section that tells you what books are set in its ... Read More »

Canadian honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award at Venice Biennale

One of Canada’s best-known architect/philanthropists has been named the recipient of the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Phyllis Lambert, daughter of Seagram liquor magnate Samuel Bronfman of Montreal, receives the Lifetime Achievement Award for “her huge contribution to architecture.” The Venice Biennale chair and director singled out Lambert’s role “as a client and custodian” in the creation of the Seagram Building in New York City, which, they said, “would not have happened” without her. She is also the founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in her native Montreal, a work that “combines rare vision with rare generosity.” The story of the creation of the Seagram ... Read More »

Huge jump in Toronto home sales in first half of May

The spring real estate market in Toronto is going strong. Housing sales continued to surge in the first half of May. The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) reports today that sales through the Toronto MLS system were up nearly 20 per cent compared to the same period last year. The increase in sales occurred in spite of fewer listings, TREB president Dianne Usher said, and that meant that price growth was also “very strong.” There were 5,185 sales during the first two weeks of May 2014. The sales growth was widespread, seen throughout the GTA, and in all types of housing—singles, semis, townhouses and condos. As has been the case ... Read More »

Milan’s experiment with vertical forestry nears completion

Is this the wave of the future? Would you like to live in a glorified treehouse, sharing your urban home with birds and bees and who knows what other fauna? Soon a group of Italians in the northern city of Milan will find out what it is really like to live in an urban forest—a vertical urban forest. For an innovative residential development known as the “vertical forest” is now nearing completion in that ultra-chic city. The work of renowned architect Stefano Boeri, the bosco verticale is described as a project for urban reforestation, but it will also be home to several hundred people. The project has been called a model ... Read More »

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