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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A little hide-away in the mountains perhaps? Unfortunately the pictures that best do justice to the spectacular siting and design of this home cannot be linked, but the full photo album, drawings and text are here.

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With Council’s recent approval of Millennium’s 210 foot tower at 1215 Bidwell (33 market rental units and 50 condo units – 5.67 FSR) and the pending approval of Westbank/Peterson’s 216.5 foot tower at 1401 Comox (6 townhomes + 180 apartments, all market rentals), the rhetoric and blogsphere have heated up:

Westend resident and former Councillor Gord Price blogs about it here.

Frances Bula’s article in Tuesday’s Globe and Mail is here:

Vancouver council dumbfounded over backlash to rental program

Somewhat in consternation to what she heard during last week’s Council session when the 1401 Comox project was being considered, her blog post is here:

Vision rental program generates backlash, raises questions about future solutions

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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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This 28 unit residential building in Cesena, Italy was designed by Tissellistudioarchitetti and brilliantly illustrates how powerful simplicity and restraint can be.  There are more photos here.

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A bold stroke that’s sure to polarize, the new Moderna Museet Malmö in Sweden by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter uses perforated metal screening to clad an existing industrial brick building making big impact in the process.  There are more images here.

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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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