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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Metrolinx closer to awarding contracts for Eglinton Crosstown LRT

One of the many big infrastructure projects currently underway in Toronto is the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. Most of us have a general sense of its presence, mainly through traffic disruptions and the sight of large machinery in large ditches where there used to be a roadway. We may not realize that though the project is already under construction with underground tunneling, there are many components of the undertaking that have not yet been determined, including station design and public access. There are two consortia bidding on the non-tunneling portions of the project, comprising more than thirty construction, engineering, financing and development companies. The two consortia were invited by Metrolinx, the ... Read More »

Italians use pollution-eating cement for showcase Expo 2015 pavilion

Next year’s universal exposition, Expo Milano 2015, is dedicated to exploring the theme of nutrition and our planet’s resources. “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” is the expo’s motto, and the show promises to be a tasty one. Though the subject of global food and resources is a serious one, visitors to the giant fair will be able to sample cuisine from around the world. There are expected to be more than 130 participants, though Canada will not be one of them. Expo Milano will be much more than just a tour of the world’s favourite foods, however. The more serious side of the fair will be its exploration of ... Read More »

US realtors speak with a powerful political voice

Democrats. Republicans. Tea Party. Realtors. Realtors? Yes, Realtors. The Realtors of America have their own party, and that party is right now gathered in Washington, DC for the 2014 REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo. About 8,500 members from all over the United States are expected to attend. And what will these assembled realtor party members talk about? Exchange tips on how to generate leads, perhaps? Trade advice on how to negotiate a higher commission? Pick each other’s brains about the best real estate apps and technology? Hardly. This group has much weightier issues to deal with, like protecting Americans’ most basic right, the right  to own property. And it ... Read More »

Designer Laarman uses technology to shape the future

Joris Laarman is an Amsterdam-based designer known for his “bone chairs” among other design work, some of which is on permanent exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. He describes his studio, which is called the “lab,” as “an experimental playground set up to study and shape the future. . . . We want to add cultural meaning to technological progress and show the beauty of how things could work.” Laarman believes that technology must serve people. Laarman is at the forefront of the open source design movement. Their goal is to “democratize design” by making the ... Read More »

Daniel Liebeskind winning architect in Holocaust Memorial competition

The government has revealed the winning design for Canada’s National Holocaust Memorial in Ottawa. The winning design is by the team that includes the international superstar architect Daniel Liebeskind. Quebec landscape architect Claude Cormier, and internationally renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky are the other creative members of the team. The team is headed by Toronto’s Gail Lord, whose company Lord Cultural Resources specializes in planning services for the museum and cultural sector. Doris Bergen is historical adviser for the project. Built of concrete, the structure, described as “gaunt,” consists of six triangular volumes which, seen from above, resemble a Star of David. The structure will lead visitors into a concrete ... Read More »

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