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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Architect warns, build more effectively, intelligently, with robots

Architect warns, build more effectively, intelligently, with robots

One of the world’s most avant-garde and outspoken architects believes that robotic construction and 3D printing are the future of architecture. Wolf Prix, founder of the Austrian architecture firm Coop Himmelb(l)au, is currently completing work on an art museum in the Chinese city of Shenzhen. Part of the building, which has the typically complex shape… Continue Reading

Construction industry buoyed by promised infrastructure spending

Construction industry buoyed by promised infrastructure spending

Whenever there’s a change of government, it’s customary for various business and industry groups to offer congratulations, heartfelt or not, to the victors. They usually contain words like, “We, the such-and-such industry of Canada, look forward to working with ­so-and-so in a friendly and cooperative manner to build on Canada’s success together . . .”… Continue Reading

Consumer confidence, high home prices, prompt economy concerns

Consumer confidence, high home prices, prompt economy concerns

Even before the election results were in yesterday, Canadians were feeling quite optimistic about the economy and their own prospects, according to the latest Bloomberg Nanos Canadian Consumer Confidence Index. Consumer confidence rose to its highest level in more than a year, as more Canadians expressed confidence that the economy would strengthen in the next… Continue Reading

Slow broadband access bad for business; Canada lags other countries

Slow broadband access bad for business; Canada lags other countries

Governments everywhere like to boast that under their leadership their country has become a “global leader” in one thing or another. The now defunct Conservative government of Canada made the boast often, including with reference to Canada’s broadband internet access. In its last policy statement on broadband, in the 2014 budget, the government promised to… Continue Reading

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Even with a dip in home sales, as markets adjust to new rules, new home pricing remains high due to low supply and “right sizing” dilemma

Even with a dip in home sales, as markets adjust to new rules, new home pricing remains high due to low supply and “right sizing” dilemma

Although some recent reports show a drop in actual resale sales — in the short-term dramatic double digit drops according to some brokers — prices are showing no sign of dropping on new homes.[1] The Building Industry and Land Development Association recently released data detailing rising costs for new detached and semi-detached homes, as well…

Living comfortably in 500 square feet or less; modular convertible multi-purpose furniture makes the difference

Living comfortably in 500 square feet or less; modular convertible multi-purpose furniture makes the difference

Size is relative. An object that is small to you may be quite large to another person, and vice versa. The same holds true for nearly everything. A relatively small space that leaves one person feeling claustrophobic can — with a little planning and some modular furniture (see videos below) —  be considered spacious and…

More Ontario rules: modest help for seniors and refugees and immigrating nominees

More Ontario rules: modest help for seniors and refugees and immigrating nominees

Ontario has recently introduced legislation geared toward homebuyers and seniors. If the legislation passes, it should make housing much more affordable — although the intended result isn’t always the same as the final outcome in a real market.     Aside from the 15% Non-Resident Speculation Tax (previously reported>>) for non-Canadian citizens, non-permanent residents, and non-Canadian…

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