This rendering is of a twelve unit condominium project just brought to market in Kolkata, India.  The building was designed by Piercy Connor Architects of the U.K.  For an in-depth description of the project, go 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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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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In “Banking on the Games afterglow”, Frances Bula discusses the next steps for Millennium’s Olympic Village development with Bob Rennie and Cameron McNeill.

5590 Balaclava



Shades of Arthur Erickson’s Evergreen Building perhaps, but this approved project by Emaar Canada at 41st and Balaclava in Kerrisdale hasn’t garnered much press to date. Curious, considering the design was created by Adrian Gill + Gordon Smith Architecture, the architects for the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building.  Additional detailed information is available on the architect’s site here.  Hope it gets built!

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Rising to New Heights – Part 2

Back in December, I posted a link to Frances Bula’s article about the current consideration being given at Vancouver’s City Hall for a limited number of “intrusions” into the sacred view corridors.  In this follow up article in yesterday’s Vancouver Sun, Tiffany Crawford discusses the recommendations that were tabled in a staff report to Council on January 5th.  The article is here.  At the time I posted this today, there were already more than a hundred comments posted on the Sun website (why is it that the uninformed always seem to have the most to say…?) which is indicative of how passionately we Vancouverites are about our views and building heights.

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The Woodward’s project has received a great deal of press in part because it is perceived by many to have been a bold and risky venture given the neighbourhood and in part because of the speculation about its potential for being a transformative force.  In anticipation of its formal opening next month, Frances Bula writes about some of the many variables that were at work in bringing the project together in this article in today’s Globe and Mail.

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Despite howls of protest from residents at the Shangri-La, council granted Holborn Developments an additional 16′ of height in exchange for additional DCL’s, community amenities and reportedly $14.0 M in transferable heritage density.  That will put the Ritz-Carlton tower at 616′ versus 646′ for the Shangri-La. Frances Bula’s reporting on the Council meeting is here.

Original Approved Design for Ritz-Carlton Vancouver

Original Approved Design for Ritz-Carlton Vancouver

Holborn applied to amend the existing CD-1 zoning for this site to allow an additional 80,000 SF of residential FSR, increasing the total FSR from 17.74 to 20.8.  It also sought to increase the number of residential units (located on floors 25 – 67) from 124 to 193 and hotel rooms from 127 to 176.

This project is shaping up to be something quite different from what was originally envisioned. Construction has yet to start, so stay tuned for more changes ahead (brand, developer…?).

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This article by James MacGee, associate research analyst at the Reserve Bank of Cleveland and associate professor at UWO, examines the similarities and differences between the US and Canadian housing markets to answer this question. The article is posted here.

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With media focus shifting to Vancouver in anticipation of the 2010 Winter Olympics, I expect we’ll see a lot more articles like this one which describes the social experiment that is Woodward’s.  The article is here.

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