With a number of major potential projects getting talked up for stations along the Canada Line, PCI is first out of the gate with its rezoning proposal for Marine Gateway at Southwest Marine Drive and Cambie. The details are here.

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This article in today’s Financial Post references a report on mixed-use development that the Toronto office of real estate consultants Altus Group completed recently.  The article is here.

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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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“TownShift: Suburb into City” was an open international ideas competition to gather innovative ideas for five of Surrey’s established Town Centres.  Its aim was to “Shift” thinking and opportunities for each of these hubs towards more intense, public-minded and productive urban futures. The categories include:

  • Round-Up – Building Affordability
  • Fleetwood: Marker – Shaping Gateway Identity
  • Guildford: Cornered – Place-Making at Mall’s Edge
  • Newton: New Town – Connecting Density to Transit
  • Semiahmoo: Up – Forming Plaza through Residential Towers

The results are posted here.

In “Banking on the Games afterglow”, Frances Bula discusses the next steps for Millennium’s Olympic Village development with Bob Rennie and Cameron McNeill.

The basic, economical, rectilinear form takes on a decidedly different appearance with the addition of the undulating balconies of varying shape and size. More than just adornment, the shape and placement of the balconies provide sufficient disruption in wind force to eliminate the need for a tuned mass damper in the building and will make the balconies usable even on the uppermost floors.

The developer is Magellan Development Group of Chicago. The building is 82 stories and will house commercial tenants, residential rental units and residential condominiums. Additional information can be found at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aqua_(skyscraper) or www.lifeataqua.com/.

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Follow up article on yesterday’s Council decisions regarding the Planning Department’s recommendation that four sites it identified on the downtown peninsula be allowed to penetrate existing view corridors and increased building heights in Chinatown/Gastown.

via CBC News – British Columbia – Vancouver rejects downtown high-rise proposals.

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Vancouver engineers its own urban dream – latimes.com

An outsider’s perspective on the current state of the city, Vancouverism and growth in Surrey.

In this guest editorial to today’s Vancouver Sun, Jean Swanson, coordinator of the Carnegie Community Action Project, adds another voice to the discussion around the opening of the Woodward’s project.

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