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The Bones of an Old Butcher Shop Rise Anew as a Charming Architecture Studio in Vancouver

The Bones of an Old Butcher Shop Rise Anew as a Charming Architecture Studio in Vancouver

Scott&Scott Architects' new studio and home was originally built in 1911. It was once a butcher shop, and it was used as a grocery store for a long time. The commercial space was stripped down to a

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Student Builds Beautiful Latticed Community Garden Shed From Charred Cedar

Student Builds Beautiful Latticed Community Garden Shed From Charred Cedar

The Woodlands Community Garden shed is surrounded by raised vegetable beds. It was crafted entirely from cedar wood with an angled roof that forms a puzzling lattice. This way, cool breezes and natural

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World’s Greenest Cities Recognized at UN Climate Talks in Warsaw

World’s Greenest Cities Recognized at UN Climate Talks in Warsaw

Some of the world’s most sustainable cities have been given special recognition at the COP 19 Climate Change Conference underway in Warsaw. Vancouver, Cape Town, and Abu Dhabi are the winners of the

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Tesla Completes West Coast Supercharger Corridor from San Diego to Vancouver

Tesla Completes West Coast Supercharger Corridor from San Diego to Vancouver

Tesla Motors just completed the West Coast Supercharger Corridor, a network of electric vehicle charging stations that stretches all the way from San Diego, California to Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Newly Opened Bestie Brings a Beautiful and Unique Eatery to Downtown Vancouver

Newly Opened Bestie Brings a Beautiful and Unique Eatery to Downtown Vancouver

Bestie was inspired by German street food and local products, so the restaurant is dedicated to sourcing local foods. They bring in all natural, sustainably-raised meat from nearby farms and master

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Vancouver Renovation Turns a 1950s Bungalow into a Modern, Efficient Home

Vancouver Renovation Turns a 1950s Bungalow into a Modern, Efficient Home

The 1950's bungalow in the Commercial Drive area of Vancouver featured a half-below grade basement and a first floor. The design team lopped off the old roof and added a new story to maximize living space

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Green Skyscraper to Be Built on Top of Vancouver’s Historic Exchange Building

Green Skyscraper to Be Built on Top of Vancouver’s Historic Exchange Building

The new 31-story tower will rest partially on top of and it will stand partially alongside the existing Old Stock Exchange Building. The Stock Exchange building will be completely renovated and

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Southlands Residence Deftly Straddles an Urban Oasis in Vancouver

Southlands Residence Deftly Straddles an Urban Oasis in Vancouver

The heavily vegetated corner site is cut in half by a year-round freshwater stream that flows through a lush rocky basin. DIALOG's Vancouver office designed the new home to take advantage of the previous

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Multifunctional Mobiel Bike Cart Helps Urban Farmers Carry Tools and Produce

Multifunctional Mobiel Bike Cart Helps Urban Farmers Carry Tools and Produce

Inspired by a thriving demographic in Vancouver, Mobiel is a multifunctional cart designed to support the day-to-day needs of commercial urban farmers - people who grow food on a medium to large scale on

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The Patch is a Self-Watering Planter for Herbs and Greens

The Patch is a Self-Watering Planter for Herbs and Greens

A new generation of gardeners are interested in growing their own food, and The Patch, a new self-watering planter, helps guide newbies through the process. The planter, which is designed for urban

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Off-Grid Snowboard Cabin is a Perfect Retreat for Powder Hounds on Vancouver Island

Off-Grid Snowboard Cabin is a Perfect Retreat for Powder Hounds on Vancouver Island

Vancouver architects Susan and David Scott set off to start their own practice and the first project they wanted to work on was their own. They designed and built a snowboard cabin located in an alpine

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Efficient SIP Laneway House Pops Up in an Unused Urban Backyard in Vancouver

Efficient SIP Laneway House Pops Up in an Unused Urban Backyard in Vancouver

Back in 2009, Vancouver changed its zoning to allow home owners to build Auxiliary Dwelling Units in their backyards as long the new home was accessed via the back lane. These Laneway Houses are becoming

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BIG’s Twisting Vancouver High-Rise is Lined with Vertical Gardens That Filter Vehicle Emissions

BIG’s Twisting Vancouver High-Rise is Lined with Vertical Gardens That Filter Vehicle Emissions

The soaring tower would add 600 residential units for new downtown dwellers. The apartments would be set on a large nine story mixed use base, which will feature retailers, commercial space, restaurants

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Lanefab Completes Vancouver’s First Net-Zero Solar Laneway House

Lanefab Completes Vancouver’s First Net-Zero Solar Laneway House

Lanefab Design/Build recently completed the city of Vancouver's first Net-Zero Solar Laneway House. The house, built as an infill on an existing residential lot, is 1020 square feet with 1 bedroom and 2

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Green Roofed Vancouver Residence is the First LEED Platinum Home in Western Canada

Green Roofed Vancouver Residence is the First LEED Platinum Home in Western Canada

West 21st is a 3,070 sq ft singly family home with a detached garage built on a 42 ft wide lot surrounded by traditional craftsman style homes. This addition to the neighborhood features clean, modern

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BIG Unveils Plans for Its New Twisting Residential Skyscraper in Vancouver

BIG Unveils Plans for Its New Twisting Residential Skyscraper in Vancouver

BIG's daring proposal for the Vancouver 49-storey residential tower includes a 9-storey podium with market rental housing, commercial uses, and a childcare facility. Inside there would be 600 residential

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Sea Salt Refinery Renovated Into A Historic Landmark & Event Building in Vancouver

Sea Salt Refinery Renovated Into A Historic Landmark & Event Building in Vancouver

The historic waterfront building had to be raised up by updating the foundation with galvanized steel pile extensions to meet the surrounding neighborhood street level. For the rehabilitation of the

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University of British Columbia’s CIRS Building is a Living Eco Laboratory in Vancouver

University of British Columbia’s CIRS Building is a Living Eco Laboratory in Vancouver

The building includes the BC Hydro Theatre, which utilizes advanced visualization and interaction technologies to engage audiences in environmental topics and climate change scenarios. It also features a

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Awesome Modular Public Lounge Takes Over Vancouver’s Parking Spaces

Awesome Modular Public Lounge Takes Over Vancouver’s Parking Spaces

The goal of VIVA Vancouver is to transform street spaces where cars normally go, into people places to give residents more room to walk, bike, dance, skate, sit, hang out with friends and neighbors. So

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The Semiahmoo Library’s Larger Than Life Living Wall Features Over 10,000 Plants

The Semiahmoo Library’s Larger Than Life Living Wall Features Over 10,000 Plants

We've seen some pretty cool living walls, including the world's largest, but we are astounded by how lush the Semiahmoo Library wall looks up close. Featuring ground covers, large perennials, shrubs, and

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Rent a Human at Surrey’s Green City Centre Library!

Rent a Human at Surrey’s Green City Centre Library!

Libraries around the world are embracing modern technology through digital media, computer programs, and up-to-date literature, but the Bing Thom-designed City Centre will be taking it to the next level,

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South Vancouver’s Soaring Sunset Community Center Connects With Nature

South Vancouver’s Soaring Sunset Community Center Connects With Nature

Sunset Community Center is set in an ethnically diverse neighborhood and next to the fields, greenhouses and planting beds of the adjacent Vancouver Park Board site. Inside the center houses a

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LEED Gold Langara Library Uses Wind Towers Instead of Traditional Heating and Cooling

LEED Gold Langara Library Uses Wind Towers Instead of Traditional Heating and Cooling

The Langara library is specially designed to make use of the stack effect -- cool air is brought in through a wind scoop at the bottom of the building, passes through the underground garage, and travels

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VanDusen Botanical Center to Be Canada’s First Living Building

VanDusen Botanical Center to Be Canada’s First Living Building

The design for the visitor center was inspired by the leaves of an orchid -- its wings consists of 'petals' that shoot off from the 'stem', which serve as the central atrium and lobby. The stem has been

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Floating Dining Room Sets Sail on 1,672 Bottle Raft in Vancouver

Floating Dining Room Sets Sail on 1,672 Bottle Raft in Vancouver

The founder of the School of Fish Foundation, Shannon Ronalds, is working to create a positive impact on the seafood industry by educating chefs about sustainable seafood. He had a vision to build the

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Vancouver Soccer Stadium Made With 22,000 Recycled Tires

Vancouver Soccer Stadium Made With 22,000 Recycled Tires

Photo credit: John Bollwitt Flickr With global soccer fever still high, here's another amazing soccer stadium that boasts some remarkable green features. The recently completed Empire Field Stadium in

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Far Coast Furniture Raises Awareness of the Pine Industry at the Olympics

Far Coast Furniture Raises Awareness of the Pine Industry at the Olympics

Students at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ECUAD) designed these pieces of beautiful furniture for Far Coast Coffee's (Coke's coffee brand) social areas at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. The

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Olympic Athlete’s Village: Greenest Neighborhood in the World

Olympic Athlete’s Village: Greenest Neighborhood in the World

The 2010 Vancouver Olympics has yet another feather to add to their cap - they now have the greenest neighborhood in the world. Yesterday, Millennium Waters, the Olympic Athlete's Village located on

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LEED Platinum Vancouver Convention Center has Canada’s Largest Green Roof

LEED Platinum Vancouver Convention Center has Canada’s Largest Green Roof

Led by Seattle based architecture firm LMN, the most extraordinary addition to the center is the 5-acre living roof that is landscaped with more than 400,000 indigenous plants and grasses, and provides a

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Are the Vancouver Olympics Still Green After Trucking and Flying In Snow?

Are the Vancouver Olympics Still Green After Trucking and Flying In Snow?

Today is opening day of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, which is being touted as the greenest Olympics ever. But the warm weather and rain of late at one of the venues has forced the organizers to haul in

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