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Monthly Archives: December 2014

Architecture that sings Happy New Year!

If you could have any famous artist who has ever lived design you a home, who would you pick? Michelangelo? Botticelli? Picasso? Andy Warhol? Architect Federico Babina, who is based in Barcelona, Spain, has given this some thought and created a series of posters that feature buildings in the style of some of the world’s greatest artists. It isn’t that he tries to turn Joan Miro into an architect; rather, he takes the essence of the artist’s unique expressive style and aesthetic and plays with it. As Babina puts it, “Art and architecture are disciplines that speak and lightly touch each other. The definition and function of architecture is changing ... Read More »

2014 a record year for new condos in Toronto

At least one record was broken in Toronto in 2014: it was the year of the most condominium completions. According to George Carras of RealNet Canada, the previous record of 16,668 units completed in a year was broken by the end of October. At that time, 20,684 units had already been built, and more than a dozen more projects were scheduled for completion by year’s end. That would put the total number of new condos completed at about 25,000, Carras said in a Toronto Star article. The record-breaking pace of condo construction is just the “new normal” in Toronto, Carras says, a continuing consequence of the provincial government’s land use ... Read More »

Canadians say debt payment a priority, even as debt rises

Something here doesn’t add up. Canadians say that their top priority, over the past five years no less, has been to pay off their debt. And where has that debt gone in those five years? Up, of course. It seems that many indebted Canadians are like the overweight person who swears he wants to lose weight then sneaks out to buy more doughnuts. Total consumer borrowing rose 1.5 per cent in the third quarter of the year, 7.4 per cent from a year ago. We owe over $1.5 trillion, most of it in mortgages. The latest report from Statistics Canada showed that our debt-to-income ratio was above 162 per cent, ... Read More »

Hyperloop supersonic passenger travel is feasible: Elon Musk

Toronto’s new mayor has shown impatience with the slow pace of the city’s bureaucracy. John Tory says he wants things to happen more quickly, especially the development of new transit. He should read about Elon Musk’s Hyperloop. Hyperloop is one of Musk’s latest big ideas. The entrepreneur responsible for Paypal and the Tesla electric car dreams of sending commuters on inter-city, near-supersonic capsule trains that speed through elevated tunnels, or vacuum tubes, possibly using magnetic levitation. The trains would travel at a speed of more than 700 kilometres per hour (600 mph) making the trip between cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles in just thirty minutes, almost three times ... Read More »

Prince Charles explains architecture, tradition, and sustainable growth

It can’t be easy being the Prince of Wales at the best of times. When the current holder of that title has a mother, the reigning Queen of England, whose longevity genes just won’t quit, the heir-apparent gig can go on for a very long time. And so it is that HRH Charles faces the prospect of not becoming king until he is in his eighties, assuming he has the same genes as his mother and grandmother. He is already the longest-running heir-in-waiting in the history of the British monarchy. Most previous monarchs died before reaching his current age of sixty-six. It is entirely understandable, therefore, that he should use ... Read More »

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