Regrettably, the federal government failed to show the same creativity when it came to conceptualizing the Canada House venue for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.  This eco-pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo 2010, with Cirque du Soleil in the lead, showcases Canadian design, natural materials and green building technology.  Images of the newly constructed pavilion can be viewed here.  Well done Cirque and well done Canada!

Cheryl Rossi, Vancouver Courier Published: Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A tall tower could emerge from the ashes of the Christmas Day fire that destroyed businesses and artists’ studios at the corner of East Broadway and Kingsway. Read more.

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This article by Kerry Gold in Friday’s Globe and Mail talks about the pending changes coming to the north end of the Granville bridge and two of the market housing projects to be developed there.  My prior post on The Rolston is here.

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Traditional is nice, but…

…my “contemporist” inclinations are showing.  This retreat designed by Bjarko|Serra Architects of Seattle shows considerable simplicity and restraint without being cold or minimal.  There are more photographs here.

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Dutch company Peer+ has launched a new glazing product called “Smart Energy Glass” that provides three different states of shading (bright|dark|privacy) and generates electricity that can either be used in the building or contributed to the grid.  The first pilot projects in the Netherlands are currently under way.

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SEG Dark
Bright
SEG Bright
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SEG Privacy

In this work by b720 arquitectos of Barcelona, the end result resoundingly transcends the simple forms and limited palette of materials.

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Some design stands the test of time

860 & 880 Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, the iconic residential towers designed by Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1949/1951, have been refurbished.  More information and photographs can be viewed here.

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