Is Architecture Dead? … in Toronto … Part 7

Is Architecture Dead? … in Toronto … Part 7

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Is Architecture Dead? … in Toronto … Part 7 About 3 or 4 years ago, I had the privilege of introducing this project to several building code city engineers for their opinions and to discuss the possibility of this Water House proposal as it related to building code. By and large they were supportive because the science of its concept…

Is Architecture Dead … in Toronto? Part 6

Is Architecture Dead … in Toronto? Part 6

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Is Architecture Dead … in Toronto? Part 6 1. The architecture of Survival is alive. 2. The architecture of Utility is alive. (Reactive Utilitarianism) 3. The architecture of comfort is dead. (For all intents and purposes) 4. The architecture of luxury is dead. (For all intents and purposes) What are some of the steps that might bring life back to…

Is Architecture Dead … In Toronto? Part 6 – Takes a Break due to T.V. Filming of my Studio/Home

Is Architecture Dead … In Toronto? Part 6 – Takes a Break due to T.V. Filming of my Studio/Home

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Is Architecture Dead … in Toronto? Part 6 This week I’m going to take I had to take a bit of a break from writing due to the fact of having my home/studio be filmed by HGTV Extreme homes – a collaboration between the London England office and the Nashville U.S.A office. (http://www.hgtv.ca/extremehomes/). I had to do a very large…

Is Architecture Dead … in Toronto? Part 5

Is Architecture Dead … in Toronto? Part 5

Toronto Design & Architecture

Our provincial government is in the process of choosing if the design our public light Rail stations will be done by individual architects or will a large design-build consortium be used to design the chain of them instead of local architects? The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) is frightened because large national or international firms would likely control the process…

Is Architecture Dead … in Toronto? Part 4 – Valuing Things Before People?

Is Architecture Dead … in Toronto? Part 4 – Valuing Things Before People?

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Delayed until next week the follow up from part 3 – “How might we bring elements of comfort and luxury back to the architecture of survival and necessity? In other words, how might we raise the level of conscious art/process into the seemingly mundane world of necessity inhabited by the majority? Should we? Could we?” In the meantime something relevant…

Is Architecture Dead … in Toronto? Part 3 – Beauty vs Necessity.

Is Architecture Dead … in Toronto? Part 3 – Beauty vs Necessity.

Urban Issues

Let me apologize in advance … YES and NO!! In my opinion there are 4 types of design in architecture: 1)    Architecture of Survival 2)    Architecture of Necessity 3)    Architecture of Comfort 4)    Architecture of Luxury, i.e., idiosyncratic design So we will live under trees, in caves and caverns, covered parking garages, stairwells,  under tarps, under fallen rocks, sleep under…

Is Architecture Dead … In Toronto … takes a pause for this week in honour of Travon Martin. Travon Martin … a beauty that makes me a little more reflective than usual this week.

Is Architecture Dead … In Toronto … takes a pause for this week in honour of Travon Martin. Travon Martin … a beauty that makes me a little more reflective than usual this week.

This will be short. In this lifetime I was born into the body of a black male. I have had the privilege of living each day after being maliciously attacked at a playground in Toronto at the age of 6 by many white kids most older than me. I was bloodied and bruised. It felt as though I was going…

Is Architecture Dead … In Toronto? Part 2

Is Architecture Dead … In Toronto? Part 2

Continued from last week: I was invited for an absolutely fabulous meal tonight. The food was creative. It had been chosen and cooked with care. Beautifully smoked chicken, mini cucumber and blue berry salad with a rice wine vinegar dressing. The desert was goats cheese-milk sweetened sorbet with mango chunks. A meal is architecture. A meal like this sews the…

Is Architecture Dead?

Is Architecture Dead?

I was sitting in the office of a lawyer the other day. He was going over a contract that I had been sent from a prospective suitor for my services. I am a designer of buildings and integrator of concepts that involve buildings.I am a designer of small buildings and homes as I am licensed through the province on a…

The Driveway House – 1294 College Street – Article By Architourist, Dave LeBlanc of the Globe and Mail Newspaper

The Driveway House – 1294 College Street – Article By Architourist, Dave LeBlanc of the Globe and Mail Newspaper

I had the privilege of having the Architourist, David LeBlanc and the Globe and Mail Newspaper take an interest in my work. Here it is. Home on a parking spot – [People Before Cars] DAVE LEBLANC Special to The Globe and Mail Last updated Thursday, Jun. 20 2013, 11:18 AM EDT ‘I love a challenge,” Rohan Walters says with a laugh as he…