Old Vancouver motor hotel gets new life as part of homelessness experiment.

Article in Monday’s Vancouver Sun about the conversion of the Bosman Motor Inn on Howe Street into social housing.

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In this article by Frances Bula in last week’s Globe and Mail, Westbank’s JV with Vancity Credit Union, Habitat for Humanity and Portland Housing Society at 6o West Cordova is announced.

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Those Darn Blocks Again

This is what happens once you let yourself colour outside the lines.  But you really need to put it in context to see the odd juxtaposition of a classically proportioned church against the jumble of boxes.  Up close, it takes on a bit of a junkyard look.  More images here.

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The repetition of simple forms and materials give The Ironbank Building in Auckland, NZ a lot of design punch.

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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Trompe L’Oeil Daylight

Novel use of technology to overcome a design constraint: if you can’t have sunlight, create the perception that it’s there.  More photographs and text here.

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Dezeen has posted photographs here of some of the other pavilions due to open this weekend.  Photos of the Canada and UK pavilions were posted previously.  Some very innovative design on display here, but what’s up with Japan?

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