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Contemporary Bedford Park House modestly hides its many green features

Contemporary Bedford Park House modestly hides its many green features

The Bedford Park House’s modest and traditional appearance—the house matches the scale, setback, and exterior brick-and-wood detailing of its neighbors—belies its many impressive sustainable

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Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel hosts landscape architecture series for Earth Day

Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel hosts landscape architecture series for Earth Day

Design tours, films, urban farming workshops, and seed exchanges are all part of the fun at the third annual Grow Op exhibition in downtown Toronto this spring. From April 23rd to 26th, 2015, the

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Foster + Partners debuts design for 80-story “The One” in Toronto

Foster + Partners debuts design for 80-story “The One” in Toronto

Foster + Partners has debuted the design for "The One" in downtown Toronto, which will be an 80-story mixed-use tower located at One Bloor West. The building will feature nine levels of retail space and

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Cubitat is a plug-and-play version of a home you can take with you when you move

Cubitat is a plug-and-play version of a home you can take with you when you move

Cubitat is based on real-life concepts such as Wex's River City 3 tower apartments which feature central islands containing bedrooms that close up like storage containers. The project also references the

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AMAZE: Magical labyrinth of lights takes over downtown Toronto

AMAZE: Magical labyrinth of lights takes over downtown Toronto

Despite its complex appearance, AMAZE was easily and quickly constructed using an affordable and secure scaffolding system for its base. The prefabricated and modular system of metal pipes lent itself to

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Gorgeous Grotto Sauna Boasts Stunning Lakeside Views and a Wooden, Dream-like Interior

Gorgeous Grotto Sauna Boasts Stunning Lakeside Views and a Wooden, Dream-like Interior

To minimize disturbance of the age-old rock, PARTISANS used a Leica 3D scanner to create a site model before working on the freestanding sauna design. After running through several design schemes, the

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Graham Hill’s Transformable Cube-Within-A-Cube Cleverly Makes the Most of a Small Footprint

Graham Hill’s Transformable Cube-Within-A-Cube Cleverly Makes the Most of a Small Footprint

Graham Hill has many claims to fame, but the one that reverberates the loudest is his viral Ted Talk, which explored how doing more with less is not only a more sustainable lifestyle, but one that can

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Fumihiko Maki’s Aga Khan Museum Opens to Foster Mutual Understanding Between Western and Islamic Cultures

Fumihiko Maki’s Aga Khan Museum Opens to Foster Mutual Understanding Between Western and Islamic Cultures

Maki and Associates state: "The Museum has been designed as a celebration of light and the mysteries of its various qualities and effects. Utilizing a series of natural materials with differing light

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Paint-On Solar Cells Could Make Renewable Power Accessible to the Masses

Paint-On Solar Cells Could Make Renewable Power Accessible to the Masses

Researchers at the University of Toronto have made a breakthrough that could lead to cheaper and more flexible solar cells that could be used by millions of people around the world. The team

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This Tiny Toronto Loft Proves that Elegance Can Be Achieved on Any Scale

This Tiny Toronto Loft Proves that Elegance Can Be Achieved on Any Scale

Toronto designer Montana Labelle has just completed one of her favorite projects to date: a teeny tiny loft project that just happens to be the designer's own live/work space.

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Stealth Cabin Eco Retreat Blends With the Forest in Ontario

Stealth Cabin Eco Retreat Blends With the Forest in Ontario

Located near Bracebridge, Ontario adjacent to a lake, the Stealth Cabin is a pleasant mix of traditional and modern design. The owners were torn between wanting a traditional log cabin and a modern one,

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Everything is Superkül About This Resplendent COR-TEN Addition Near Niagara Falls

Everything is Superkül About This Resplendent COR-TEN Addition Near Niagara Falls

Mineral Springs is a COR-TEN steel panel and IPE wood-clad living space that sits adjacent to an existing century old farmhouse. The client, a family of four, was in need of more space on their 16-acre

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Lady Peel House: Atelier rzlbd Renovates a Dark Victorian into a Bright and Airy Home

Lady Peel House: Atelier rzlbd Renovates a Dark Victorian into a Bright and Airy Home

This home was the original birthplace of comedian and actress Beatrice Lillie (known as Lady Peel), but it now serves as a modern, bright and airy residence in Toronto. The historic home was remade with

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Eco-Conscious House in Frogs Hollow Sinks into the Rugged Ontario Landscape

Eco-Conscious House in Frogs Hollow Sinks into the Rugged Ontario Landscape

Surrounded by thick fields of native grasses, the House in Frogs Hollow is split into two overlapping volumes: an upper level clad in red-stained timber set above a concrete base submerged into the

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Toronto Designer Tucked His Own Home into an Urban Driveway

Toronto Designer Tucked His Own Home into an Urban Driveway

Through some creative deals, Rohan Walters was able to purchase a driveway in downtown Toronto from a client. He had previously designed the adjacent house at 1292 College Street and wanted to build his

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Rzlbd’s Light-Filled Tetris House Wins at Architecture by Eliminating Wasted Space

Rzlbd’s Light-Filled Tetris House Wins at Architecture by Eliminating Wasted Space

The Tetris House is located on a narrow 40’ by 110’ lot with tight zoning that minimized the allowable building footprint. Compounding challenges from the compact footprint, the client asked for the

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Toronto’s Peter Gilgan Centre is a High-Tech, Eco-Friendly Research Lab Devoted to Sick Kids

Toronto’s Peter Gilgan Centre is a High-Tech, Eco-Friendly Research Lab Devoted to Sick Kids

Lead photo by Swire Chin Diamond Schmitt and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) celebrated the opening of the Peter Gilgan Centre on September 17th. The large urban tower is devoted to

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Natural Light Swaths rzlbd’s Totem House in Toronto

Natural Light Swaths rzlbd’s Totem House in Toronto

Totem House is a modern, three bedroom home built for a couple who collects sculptures and has a keen appreciation for minimalism. The home features bright white finishes inside with simple geometric

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AeroVelo Human-Powered Helicopter Wins Elusive $250,000 Sikorsky Prize!

AeroVelo Human-Powered Helicopter Wins Elusive $250,000 Sikorsky Prize!

Canadian startup Aerovelo just won the elusive $250,000 Sikorsky Prize with their incredible human-powered helicopter called Atlas! The Sikorsky rules—which were developed when the competition was

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MAD Architect’s Curvaceous Absolute Towers Are Now Complete in Canada

MAD Architect’s Curvaceous Absolute Towers Are Now Complete in Canada

MAD Architects won an international competition to design the towers, which is part of a larger 5 tower development project in the downtown area of Mississauga. The project was aimed to provide important

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Protestors Temporarily Block the Removal of Toronto’s Jarvis Street Bike Lane

Protestors Temporarily Block the Removal of Toronto’s Jarvis Street Bike Lane

Photo: Carlos Osorio / Toronto Star The city of Toronto clearly underestimated the passion of cyclists when it decided to remove the popular Jarvis Street bike lane. When large street scrubbing trucks

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Toronto’s PwC Tower is a Smart Office Building with an 8,000-Square-Foot Urban Forest

Toronto’s PwC Tower is a Smart Office Building with an 8,000-Square-Foot Urban Forest

The urban forest is essentially a large-scale intensive green roof that helps to reduce the building's heating and cooling needs while preventing excess stormwater runoff. Additionally, the building

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Transit Experts Present a Prototype for Driverless Vehicles at Move: The Transportation Expo in Toronto

Transit Experts Present a Prototype for Driverless Vehicles at Move: The Transportation Expo in Toronto

The P.A.T. is an adaptable cube-shaped pod that would hold up to two people. A network of driverless vehicles would communicate with each other and a smart grid, eliminating congestion, providing swift

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Toronto’s Corus Quay Building Boasts a 5-Story Living Wall and Indoor Slide!

Toronto’s Corus Quay Building Boasts a 5-Story Living Wall and Indoor Slide!

There are plenty of reasons we'd love to work at the Corus Quay building -- especially the three-story indoor slide! The convenient mode of green transportation whisks workers from a third-story lounge

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Ferruccio Sardella’s Flourishing Green Watershed Wall is a Living Map of Toronto’s Waterways

Ferruccio Sardella’s Flourishing Green Watershed Wall is a Living Map of Toronto’s Waterways

Toronto's ravines are one of the city's most distinctive geographical features; the network fans out across the city, and most of them have remained as undeveloped green space. Toronto residents have

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Tours George Brown College’s New High-Tech Campus in Toronto

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Tours George Brown College’s New High-Tech Campus in Toronto

The most exciting element of the new building is its automation system, which was developed with help from Cisco; because of those energy and atmosphere monitoring systems, the new building will be 50 to

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PHOTOS: Daniel Libeskind’s Knife-Like L Tower Rises in Toronto

PHOTOS: Daniel Libeskind’s Knife-Like L Tower Rises in Toronto

Toronto has its own Green Development Standard for buildings, but as LEED has grown in popularity in the US, it has also been catching on in Canadian cities. According to a recent report in the Toronto

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Old Brick Factory Transformed Into the Sustainable Evergreen Headquarters in Toronto

Old Brick Factory Transformed Into the Sustainable Evergreen Headquarters in Toronto

The derelict brick factory in Toronto's Don Valley has been adapted and rehabilitated into the Evergreen Brick Works project. It is now an environmentally-based community landmark to engage visitors in

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Vertical Shafts Pump Light into the Industrial Laneway House in Toronto

Vertical Shafts Pump Light into the Industrial Laneway House in Toronto

After adding 72 meters to the height of the building, Superkül brought in the vertical light shafts that extend across the length of the western wall. This allows light to permeate all the way down to

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Toronto Becomes the Latest City To Ban Plastic Bags

Toronto Becomes the Latest City To Ban Plastic Bags

Plastic bag photo from Shutterstock On Wednesday, a last-minute motion led the Toronto City Council to ban plastic shopping bags in this city of 2.5 million. On January 1, 2013, Toronto will become the

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