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1. Toronto Star: 20 Jerome St. TO Listed Terra Cotta faced house in jeopardy
2. Moose Jaw Independent: Film Commemorating Lost Crushed Can Arena
3. Toronto Star: School Repair Backlog puts Buildings at Risk
4. Globe and Mail: Anndore House Revamp
5. Globe and Mail: Save Bloor Collegiate Institute-Redevelopment needs a Rething
6. Toronto Star: Saving Toronto's Oldest Tree
7. Canadian Architect: George Brown Competition Winners Announced
8. Globe and Mail: Patkau Architects
9. Globe and Mail: Peter Dickinson at Centennial College
10. Heritage Resource Centre: Missing Heritage Property Tax Class
11. Saving Places: The Women who loved and Worked for FLW
12. Daily Mail: Restoration of Chatsworth House
13. Stratford Beacon Herald:Demolishing the Columns on the White House
14. Treehugger:Heritage Reno achieves Passivhaus standards
15. BlogTO: Design Competition for George Brown College
16. Toronto Star: New Interactive Map to Historic Toronto pics
17. Historica Canada Minute on Kensington Market

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1. Toronto Star: 20 Jerome St. TO Listed Terra Cotta faced house in jeopardy
Vjosa Isai

Neighbours want beautiful terracotta-tiled home preserved in west-end Toronto

New owners began renovations this week after discovering heritage property was structurally unsound to be lived in.

Neighbours allege that some people on ladders started to pull down a section of wall and blamed the wind storm
Neighbours allege that some people on ladders started to pull down a section of wall and blamed the wind storm  (STEVE RUSSELL / TORONTO STAR)

The terracotta-tiled home near Dundas St. W. and Dupont St. is covered in large reddish-brown tiles and lintels with elaborate engravings: rows of leaves, flowers and cherub heads nestled over pairs of wings.

All of this is now behind a tall metal fence with No trespassing and Danger signs. New owners took possession earlier this week and began renovations, causing neighbours to fear they may damage the historical property.

So far, it seems whoever bought it, its been quick and dirty, said Carol Sampson of the construction. Shes lived on Jerome St. for 14 years and said shes seen people come from all over the city to look at the unique house. The state of the property, its not contemporary any longer, but it is very beautiful. Everyone would like to see some attempt at even partial preservation. 

The house built near the turn of the century was originally owned by J. Turner Sr., a west-end builder.
The house built near the turn of the century was originally owned by J. Turner Sr., a west-end builder.   (STEVE RUSSELL/TORONTO STAR)

The home was erected in 1905 by west-end builder J. Turner and is listed as a heritage site. Catherine Nasmith, president of the Architectural Conservancy Ontario, said the unusual approach to the design is part of its heritage listing. 

 

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/04/10/neighbours-want-beautiful-terracotta-tiled-home-preserved-in-west-end-toronto.html?source=newsletter&utm_source=ts_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_email=0BF9B218F060BC8B43E7BE337EEE11F2&utm_campaign=mh_2451

Editor’s Note: This house was written up in Terra Cotta: Artful Deceivers, published in 1990 by The Toronto Region Architectural Conservancy, a the Toronto branch of Architectural Conservancy Ontario, it is available for sale at http://www.acotoronto.ca/publications_new.php

2. Moose Jaw Independent: Film Commemorating Lost Crushed Can Arena
Nick Murray

Filmmaker Commemorates Civic Centre

Nick Murray

Brian Stockton, a Regina-based film maker, has just released a short film about the old Moose Jaw Civic Centre, other wise known as "The Crushed Can".

The film is just a short piece, meant to commemorate the arena.

"I was always a huge fan of the Civic Centre" Stockton said, referring to his childhood. "I'd always remembered seeing it when we visited Moose Jaw, It was pretty striking."

As an adult, Stockton took more of an interest in architecture, that's how he learned about Joseph Pettick. 

"I went to Grant Road School as a kid, but it wasn't until I was forty that I happened to read the plaque and found out it was designed by Joseph Pettick. I had heard that name before, so I looked into him and found out he'd done all these landmark buildings that were a big part of my life."

Pettick was a famous Saskatchewan architect. He made about five hundred buildings in Saskatchewan. Some of those buildings include the Regina Bank of Montreal, the SaskPower building, City Hall, the SGI Tower, and, of course, the Civic Centre in Moose Jaw. 

Stockton interviewed him for a previous film he did called The Man Who Built My Childhood.

"I used some of the footage from the previous film in creating this one" He said.

The film is titled Moose Jaw Civic Centre 1959-2012, and it consists of an interview he did with Pettick about the creation of the building.

"It was built on a shoestring" Pettick says, in the video, "we couldn't even put insulation on the heating pipes, the heat from the pipes radiated into the stands. It was completed in '59, began in '57."

https://www.mjindependent.com/home/2018/4/2/filmmaker-commemorates-civic-centre-b8n47

3. Toronto Star: School Repair Backlog puts Buildings at Risk
Andrea Gordon

Repair backlog puts not just Ontarios aging schools at risk, but also our unique heritage, experts warn

City Adult Learning Centre, Peter Pennington Architect, site of yesterday's event, photo Catherine Nasmith

“Perfect storm” of inadequate provincial funding, politics and old buildings is behind a repair backlog that has tripled in the past 15 years to a whopping $16 billion for Ontario schools, symposium hears.

The average age of the TDSB’s 547 school buildings is 62 years — almost twice the provincial average.
The average age of the TDSB’s 547 school buildings is 62 years — almost twice the provincial average.  (COLIN MCCONNELL / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO)

That was the message at a symposium Saturday that brought together education and conservation advocates to explore their common goals when it comes to caring for the province’s school buildings.

“If you defer maintenance enough, you end up having to replace schools,” says Catherine Nasmith, president of the Toronto chapter of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.

The group wants more consideration given to the historical and architectural value of schools that are in disrepair or slated for rebuilding, as well as underused properties that boards are under financial pressure from the province to sell. 

The forum on schools was a first for the organization and highlighted the overlapping interests among parent groups, school boards and the conservancy.

“It’s a new conversation for us,” said Nasmith. “We’ve been working on this from different perspectives.”

Speakers blamed a “perfect storm” of inadequate provincial funding, politics and old buildings for a repair backlog that has tripled in the past 15 years to a whopping $16 billion for Ontario schools.

In 2016, the Ministry of Education announced additional funding of $1.1 billion over two years for school repairs, bringing the total to $2.7 billion.

 But advocates and boards noted while it would cover annual maintenance needs, it wasn’t enough to make inroads into the backlog.

Years of chronic underfunding has left school boards unable to catch up or plan, and limited to addressing the most dire problems, Krista Wylie, co-founder of the grassroots organization Fix Our Schools, told the meeting Saturday.

“They are not choices between good and better,” she said. “They are choices between bad and worse.”

 

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/04/08/repair-backlog-puts-not-just-ontarios-aging-schools-at-risk-but-also-our-unique-heritage-experts-warn.html

4. Globe and Mail: Anndore House Revamp
Dave LeBlanc

Torontos Anndore House: From journeyman building to hotel star

In architecture, the same holds true. In every era, there are the “star“ buildings and the bit players. For every Gooderham flatiron building, there are dozens of warehouses, factories, office and utility buildings from the 1890s that perform the heavy lifting of city building.

The postwar period is no exception. Scan each concrete canyon at Yonge and Bloor and you’ll count journeymen all ’round. A few years ago, the 11-storey head of plain, orangey-brown brick poking up at the corner of Yonge and Charles streets wouldn’t have caught the eye. But, while business might not have been on fire, the Comfort Hotel at 15 Charles St. E. did well enough accommodating the bus-tour-from-Buffalo crowd.

 Today, wearing a fresh coat of slightly rebellious black paint, Anndore House has arrived to fill the gap between the big five-star hotels and the budget chains.

The Anndore House retains the mid-century modern charm of the original building.

And owners Silver Hotel Group haven’t extinguished 15 Charles’ quirky mid-century modern charm: “There was some character, some personality, and we really wanted to evolve on that, and bring it into 2017, well it was supposed to be 2017,” laughs general manager Anthony Campaniaris, acknowledging the inevitable construction delays.

 

 

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/real-estate/toronto/article-torontos-anndore-house-from-journeyman-building-to-hotel-star/

Editor’s Note: If I was a visitor to Toronto, this would be high on my list of great places to stay, it is a great addition to the roster.

5. Globe and Mail: Save Bloor Collegiate Institute-Redevelopment needs a Rething
Alex Bozikovic

Its time to stop Torontos schools  and its heritage  from crumbling

One hundred and nine years later, the city’s main public school board has sold that very building and more nearby, a total 7.3 acres of public land, to developers – in a Toronto that’s vastly bigger, and growing fast. It’s a short-sighted decision that ignores both heritage and the long-term importance of public land.

Why is this happening? In short, because the Ontario government starves its school buildings of money, and this is destroying cultural heritage as well as damaging the experience of students. This larger issue needs urgent attention, and there’s still a chance at Bloor and Dufferin to combine new development and hold on to some history.

 

Toronto has sold Kent Public School (pictured) and nearby Bloor Collegiate Institute to a developer.

First, the big picture. At an event on Saturday, I will join the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario to discuss “Toronto School Buildings at Risk.” A quarter of Toronto school buildings, more than 100, are in critical shape, and many more need serious repair. These places are centrepieces in their communities, full of memories and in many cases fine and distinctive architecture.

Why are they at risk? For the past 20 years, a succession of provincial governments has failed to provide school boards with enough money to maintain and construct their buildings. As any public-school parent knows, schools are falling down. The maintenance backlog is huge. The economist Hugh Mackenzie, in a recent report for the Campaign for Public Education, measures it as $15.9-billion and increasing rapidly. The Toronto District School Board’s total is $4.05-billion right now.

 

That’s billions of dollars in leaking roofs, rotting windows, aging boilers, rusting stairs. And public assets of historic importance, falling apart.

These assets – and those of the Catholic school board – should be managed collectively with the greater good in mind. Right now, they aren’t; the Toronto District School Board is being forced to get rid of space that’s “surplus” to its operations. Which brings us to Bloor-Dufferin. School-board planners have determined that they have too much real estate in the neighbourhood and not many students. In the long term, I strongly doubt that this will be the case. The city is growing rapidly, and the trend is toward denser living in and around downtown. Sooner or later – probably sooner – these public assets will be needed again.

But that 7.3 acres will be gone. The site includes the former Kent Public School, closed by the TDSB years ago, and neighbouring Bloor Collegiate Institute, which has been operating since 1925. In 2016, a group of developers led by Capital Developments and Metropia paid $121.5-million for it.

The sale of Bloor Collegiate Institute (pictured) and Kent Public School will see both torn down and tall condominiums built on the seven-acre property.

That is a lot of money, right? Not really. To cash in, the board will tear down yet another building next door, a 1966 high school now known as Brockton Learning Centre. Demolition will have a cost in the millions. Then they’ll build a new Bloor Collegiate at an estimated cost of $30-million to $35-million. (It will be cheaply built, and probably not very good architecture; that’s another story.) 

In the end, taxpayers will net a new high school and something like $80-million. Against the TDSB’s $4-billion backlog, that’s not even a drop in the bucket. Selling the silverware will not keep this household afloat.

And what’s getting sold are places that have shaped the lives of thousands of Torontonians, and some very good buildings. The old Toronto Board of Education’s in-house architects, between the 1880s and the 1960s, consistently delivered some of the city’s best architecture.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/toronto/article-its-time-to-stop-torontos-schools-and-its-heritage-from/

Editor’s Note: Don't Miss Toronto Schools at Risk, but if you do ACO Toronto is videotaping and will post the proceedings online about ten days after our session at http://www.acotoronto.ca

6. Toronto Star: Saving Toronto's Oldest Tree
Samantha Beattie

Will city step in to save what could be Torontos oldest tree?

A realtor says a North York homeowner may chop down a centuries-old red oak that is threatening the structural integrity of the house — unless the city agrees to buy the property. 

The red oak on Coral Gable Dr. may be up to 350 years old, and is designated by the city as a heritage tree.
The red oak on Coral Gable Dr. may be up to 350 years old, and is designated by the city as a heritage tree.  

That’s the question realtor Waleed Khaled Elsayed is asking on behalf of his client, on whose property the massive tree stands.

About 24 metres tall and with a circumference of about five metres, the oak frames the bungalow with its expansive branches — nine to 12 metres in each direction — and cups the foundation with its roots.

Those roots, Elsayed says, are the problem. 

The gnarled invaders have snaked under the foundation of the North York home and curl up against it, threatening the structural integrity of the house and representing about $60,000 to $80,000 in “lost opportunity” for the homeowner, Elsayed said.

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/04/03/will-city-step-in-to-save-what-could-be-torontos-oldest-tree.html

7. Canadian Architect: George Brown Competition Winners Announced
Canadian Architect

Moriyama & Teshima + Acton Ostry win competition for

George Brown College has announced that Moriyama & Teshima Architects + Acton Ostry Architects have been selected to design The Arbour — moving one step closer toward construction of Ontario’s first tall wood, low carbon institutional building.

The winning design was chosen from a shortlist of four projects, which was revealed in late March. The losing finalist architect teams were Patkau Architects and MJMA, Shigeru Ban Architects and Brook McIlroy, and Provencher Roy and Turner Fleischer Architects The Arbour, Moriyama + Teshima, Acton Ostry Architects, George Brown College

 Poised to transform the Toronto skyline, the team’s eye-catching design for the planned facility features breathing rooms — using solar chimney systems to capture and harness light and air for sustainable natural ventilation. The building design also offers flexibility of learning spaces, enabling walls to expand and contract as needed, as well as a “Made in Canada” approach using nationally sourced mass wood components.The Arbour, Moriyama + Teshima, Acton Ostry Architects, George Brown College

The Arbour, a 12-storey mass timber building at our Waterfront Campus, will mark an important step forward in Canadian mid-rise wood structures and is poised to be the first project of its kind in Ontario.The Arbour, Moriyama + Teshima, Acton Ostry Architects, George Brown College

Construction of this $130-million building is scheduled to begin in 2021 at the southeast corner of Queens Quay East and Lower Sherbourne Street, across the street from the Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences at Waterfront Campus. The Arbour will serve as an educational and research hub, and will also be home to a new child care facility to serve the growing East Bayfront community.

https://www.canadianarchitect.com/competitions/moriyama-teshima-acton-ostry-win-competition-arbour/1003742109/

8. Globe and Mail: Patkau Architects
Alex Bozikovic

The quiet genius of Vancouvers Patkau Architects

The Polygon Gallery contains what used to be Presentation House Gallery, a small-but-mighty institution at the centre of Vancouver’s photography and media-arts scene.

“Underneath, it’s very quiet and dour,” says John Patkau. “But when the light hits it a certain way, it shimmers.” Mr. Patkau and his wife and fellow architect, Patricia, are walking around their latest project, the Polygon Gallery in North Vancouver. And as they’re talking about the building, the sun comes out from behind the clouds; the rays coax from the gallery’s steel and aluminum facades a subtle ripple. “It acts with the light,” Ms. Patkau says of the building. “It changes dramatically, depending on when and where you’re looking at it.”

You could say the same about Patkau Architects. Long based in Vancouver, the couple have held a place among Canada’s most accomplished architects, recognized by international critics and awarded a series of major buildings including Montreal’s Grande Bibliothèque. And yet, even in their adopted hometown, they remain in the shadows. Nobody better represents the tensions in Canadian architecture between greatness and commerce, between public triumph and the quiet private life.

The Polygon Gallery represents a Vancouver star turn, following the 2016 completion of the Audain Art Museum in Whistler. The two buildings are their most significant in the province. The Audain, a private museum that houses the collection of developer Michael Audain, has deservedly won a string of international awards. The Polygon building, which opened to the public Nov. 18, is a subtle masterpiece in itself. 

The Polygon Gallery contains what used to be Presentation House Gallery, a small-but-mighty institution at the centre of Vancouver’s photography and media-arts scene. The $18-million, 25,000-square-foot building is organized in a simple scheme: lobby, bar, gift shop and rented retail spaces downstairs, with galleries and a flexible event space upstairs. Director Reid Shier says the architects did “a superhuman job,” cramming the institution’s many requirements into the space while keeping the ground level transparent.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/art-and-architecture/article-the-quiet-genius-of-vancouvers-patkau-architects/

9. Globe and Mail: Peter Dickinson at Centennial College
Dave LeBlanc

Dickinsonian vibe still alive at Centennial College's Story Arts Centre

British architect Peter Dickinson design for the building is lively, with turquoise and chartreuse spandrel panels throughout and a butterfly roof for a simple tool shed.

British architect Peter Dickinson’s design is lively, with turquoise and chartreuse spandrel panels throughout the building and a butterfly roof for a simple tool shed. 

 

They're just a series of interlocking hoops and a few balls – likely meant to represent electrons and their orbits – held aloft by a swoopy arch over a reflecting pool, but they represent so much more.
The ball-and-hoops sculpture, designed by Peter Dickinson, was reproduced when the original rusted out

It was "a very optimistic time in North America, nuclear power, the war was over, things were changing for the better," agrees Nate Horowitz, dean and campus principal of Centennial College's Story Arts Centre, where the sculpture has sat since 1954. But it also shows the commitment the college has demonstrated to one of Toronto's almost-forgotten Modernist gems, which they took over in 1978.

Built as the Toronto Teacher's College, the design for both sculpture and building was penned by Peter Dickinson, a larger-than-life, British expat who chain-smoked and partied his way into the hearts of the postwar city before his untimely death in 1961. Indeed, his was the only architect's mug featured in Toronto '59, the booklet that commemorated the city's 125th anniversary. Mr. Dickinson, as aficionados know, was one of a handful of unlikely heroes who reset the staid course – or perhaps turned it upside down and vigourously shook it – of Toronto architecture. Raise in London, where he'd worked on a water feature for the Festival of Britain after graduation from the prestigious Architectural Association, Mr. Dickinson arrived in 1950 ready to build the future.

As chief designer at Page and Steele, he'd began with the Yolles and Rotenberg Building at 111 Richmond St. W. (designed 1950, opened 1954; recently restored and now home to Google), and Benvenuto Place Apartments for the Yolles family in 1951. By 1952, at the tender age of 26, he'd sketch out the Teacher's College as a long rectangle with a quadrangle for a tight, residential site at 951 Carlaw Ave. He'd place a flying, boisterous concrete canopy over the front door and dress it in a rhythmic curtain wall on both the street-facing and the quad-facing façades. And to really make the composition dance, he'd curve one of the quad's walls inward, randomly place turquoise and chartreuse spandrel panels throughout and give a simple tool shed a butterfly roof.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/real-estate/toronto/dickinsonian-vibe-still-alive-at-centennial-colleges-story-artscentre/article38351615/

10. Heritage Resource Centre: Missing Heritage Property Tax Class
Dan Schneider

A Tax Class for Heritage Gets the Cold Shoulde

 

Artscape Youngplace building frontArtscape Youngplace, a culture hub on Shaw Street, Toronto
 

Picking up from last time:The City of Toronto and the province are joining forces to address the tax squeeze in which a number of Toronto properties find themselves.

 

About 20 arts/culture hubs, aka creative co-location facilities, will get slotted into a new property tax subclass and be entitled to a 50% reduction in taxes. Whether, as Toronto tax assessments continue to climb, this will be enough to preserve these facilities in the long-term — or be effective only for a few years — remains to be seen.In case you were wondering, it does seem like the province is open to letting other municipalities in on the act. Hamilton and other GTA cities are or soon will be facing similar pressures on their creative hubs.  Ottawa too?Certainly, it is not just culture facilities like 401 Richmond that are at risk from rapidly escalating tax assessments. Heritage buildings in the commercial and industrial tax classes are particularly vulnerable, and very, very few of them will qualify for the new creative co-location facilities subclass.As we saw last time, Toronto’s January 2017 appeal to the government asked for help with the property assessment predicament for not just culture hubs, but heritage properties more broadly. That part of the council motion read:

City Council request the Government of Ontario to work with municipalities to examine property assessment for listed and designated heritage properties, including tools that would support the conservation of heritage properties and Municipal Property Assessment Corporation property-assessment tools and processes.

While the culture hubs request has gotten traction, the heritage properties request landed with a thud.  The province seems to think this has been addressed. Has it?

https://uwaterloo.ca/heritage-resources-centre/blog/post/tax-class-heritage-gets-cold-shoulder

11. Saving Places: The Women who loved and Worked for FLW
Carson Bear

Where Does Frank Lloyd Wright's Genius Come From

Martha Mamah Borthwick

Frank Lloyd Wright, widely considered one of the greatest modern architects, was as known for his temper, narcissism, and dramatic personal life as he was for his innovative designs.

Yet traditionally when history has looked back on him, Wright’s genius is often perceived as an innate, immutable quality outside the influence of others, as if he—along with other perceived male geniuses—stood in the annals of history alone.

Historians have recently begun to examine famous men’s relationships to others more deeply. This redefinition of history focuses less on innate talent, but instead on the emotional support, inspiration, and labor provided by those closest to them. And the redefinition argues that, had it not been for their relationships, these men would likely never have succeeded in honing and implementing their craft to an international audience.

Much of this work has focused on women, whose close relationships to famous men are often hidden in plain sight. Rather than viewing women as passive muses whose beauty alone was a source of inspiration, historians have sought to more fully understand the active roles of these women in men’s lives.

 Wright is no exception. His work was largely supported by his fellow architects, designers, and artisans, over 100 of whom were women; his familial and often romantic relationships with women; and his female patrons.

https://savingplaces.org/stories/where-does-frank-lloyd-wrights-genius-come-from?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=weekly&utm_content=20180329#.Wrzr72bMxJw

Editor’s Note: The video in the article is really worth a look, it has information on 100 women apprentices. Now women make up more than half of architectural graduates, but the profession still loses many from practice.

12. Daily Mail: Restoration of Chatsworth House
Richard Kat, Thanks to Margie Zeidler for the forward

Chatsworth goes bling!

Not since the Windsor Castle fire has there been a makeover of one of our national treasures on such a scale. Indeed, the restoration of Chatsworth House has cost only a few million pounds less than the £37 million lavished on the castle.

However, the facelift of Chatsworth, in Derbyshire — where Keira Knightley’s heart as Miss Bennet first fluttered over the brooding Mr Darcy in the big-screen version of Pride And Prejudice — was prompted not by adversity but because its owner, the Duke of Devonshire, had no wifi.

That became the trigger for the biggest, costliest and longest refurbishment of his family seat, garden and surrounding parkland for almost 200 years.

Chatsworth House which sits in the stunning Derbyshire countryside in front of a large lake is currently undergoing a £33million revamp to bring the home, owned by the Duke of Devonshire, back to its former glory

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5511641/Duke-Devonshire-spends-33million-revamping-Chatsworth-House.html

13. Stratford Beacon Herald:Demolishing the Columns on the White House
Jonathan Juha

Stratford heritage advocates worried about permit to demolish White House columns

Fencing is now in place around the entrance of Stratord's so-called White House on St. David St. after the city issued an unsafe order due to the poor state of the home's columns. (JONATHAN JUHA/THE BEACON HERALD)

Fencing is now in place around the entrance of Stratord's so-called White House on St. David St. after the city issued an unsafe order due to the poor state of the home's columns. (JONATHAN JUHA/THE BEACON HERALD

 

Stratford’s so-called White House is once again in danger, says a group of residents who have long fought for the preservation of the iconic property.

The Stratford Friends of the White House group is raising the alarm after learning property owner Kevin Larson has applied to the city for a building permit to allow for the removal of the house’s 18 columns.

The group says that demolishing the columns will dramatically, and negatively, impact the stately 1866 home’s structure and heritage value.

“If the columns are removed, the house could essentially be severely damaged,” said member Mary O'Rourke, whose husband, Patrick, is the chair of the city’s heritage advisory committee.

O’Rourke said she was taken by surprise by the news, especially after the city decided to uphold a Property Standards Order last year that required Larson to keep the St. David Street property’s columns in good repair.

“We thought that when the city issued the property standard order that it would automatically be enforced,” she said. “We thought that was it.”

http://www.stratfordbeaconherald.com/2018/03/23/stratford-heritage-advocates-worried-about-permit-to-demolish-white-house-columns

14. Treehugger:Heritage Reno achieves Passivhaus standards
Lloyd Alter

Passivhaus isn't just a standard of energy, it's a standard of luxury

interior bloomsbury house© Prewitt Bizley Architects

Prewett Bizley show how going Passivhaus increases comfort and quality for people who don't worry about energy costs.

Passivhaus, or Passive House, was originally all about saving energy and sets strict limits on heat loss and air infiltration. The very rich people in this world don't worry much about energy costs, yet more and more of the nicest houses in the world are being built to Passivhaus standards. One incredible example is this Bloomsbury Town House in London, renovated by Prewett Bizley Architects.

 

Originally built in 1820 and previously used as office space, the architects, working with interior designer Emily Bizley, restored it to single family glory. It also had "the added ambitious target of pushing its energy efficiency towards Passivhaus Enerphit standard."

Enerphit is a standard developed for renovations, and slightly relaxed from the Passivhaus standard. It's still tough, and even though it appears that they missed the airtightness test by just a bit, the results are still spectacular.

 

energy savings

 

 

https://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/passivhaus-isnt-just-standard-energy-its-standard-luxury.html

15. BlogTO: Design Competition for George Brown College
Lauren O'Neill

Toronto is getting a Stunning new building made of wood

Entry by Shigeru Ban and Brook McIlroy

Called The Arbour, this structure will be the first and largest of its kind in Ontario at 12-storeys tall with a 16,250 square-metre footprint. It was also be the site of Canada's first Tall Wood Research Institute and, hopefully, a leader in green and sustainable construction.

What we won't know until next week is what this futuristic, mass timber building will look like.

Four different architectural firms will be showcasing their design concepts at an open event on March 27 at 51 Dockside Drive. Each firm will have 20 minutes to present their ideas to a "distinguished jury," as well as members of the public, using models, panels and poster presentations.

https://www.blogto.com/city/2018/03/design-concepts-toronto-first-tall-wood-building/

16. Toronto Star: New Interactive Map to Historic Toronto pics
Edward Keenan

Travel through time across Toronto with help from Googles Sidewalk Labs

Click here for an interactive map of Toronto’s Archive.

Today, I spent hours time-travelling through the streets of Toronto.

I saw a parade at Yonge and King at the end of the Boer war in 1901, men raising their bowler caps in the air and waving Union Jack flags under three-storey storefronts advertising coal and furs and Union Pacific tickets.

I saw streetcars, horse-drawn wagons and bicycles navigating the same intersection in 1912, with the help of a police officer directing traffic while wearing a bobby helmet.

I saw the streetcar right-of-way on St. Clair as it appeared in the early 1900s, surrounded by grass and gravel in the centre of the road. I saw the aftermath of an explosion in Rosedale, a fire up near Weston Rd. and 401, an accident investigation into a police officer’s death under the “Keele Street Subway” in the Junction. I saw open farm fields in Willowdale in the 1950s.

 

 

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2018/03/23/travel-through-time-across-toronto-with-help-from-googles-sidewalk-labs.html

Editor’s Note: This is a great addition to Toronto's historic resources, thanks Sidewalk Labs and Toronto City Archives.

17. Historica Canada Minute on Kensington Market
Historica

Kensington Market Heritage Minute launch

Baldwin Street, Catherine Nasmith

An interesting animated video on the evolution of Kensington Market, home to me and Built Heritage News.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8E2z9YouMfM&feature=youtu.be.