Reinventing Alberta’s Inner Cities

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There are moments in a city’s development that provide the opportunity for a rethink. What kind of place do we want to build for future generations? Here in Alberta, that time is now. Stunned by high levels of office vacancy

Bankers Court-Arban-ext-11ca_mediumimage

Reinventing Alberta’s Inner Cities

There are moments in a city’s development that provide the opportunity for a rethink. What kind of place do we want to build for future generations? Here in Alberta, that time is now. Stunned by high levels of office vacancy

Northland Village Mall

Transforming malls into urban villages

In today’s world of Amazon and same day delivery, many would argue that retail is a thing of the past. But contrary to popular belief, retail is still stronger than ever – it’s the environment and experience that are evolving.

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Trading Up with Trade Definitions

Nobody likes confusion. It slows down construction, it’s frustrating for everyone involved, and it’s confusing. Wait, did I already mention it’s confusing? It’s these reasons that the Alberta Construction Association partnered with the industry to create the 2016 Trade Definitions.

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Chart a new course for Toronto: vote to remove the Gardiner

In the life of every city, some decisions have great power to shift the trajectory and future success of its urban environments, economies and the quality of life of residents. The City of Toronto is facing one such choice right

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Transit = Health + Happiness, DIALOG says ‘Yes’

As designers committed to community health + happiness, we know the critical importance of public transit. It’s an essential part of bringing urban landscapes to life and to enabling economic and social growth. We’ve spent decades shaping many of Metro

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APEGA 2015 Election

On March 2, APEGA kicked off their 2015 Election. Alberta engineering and geoscience professionals have been entrusted with self-regulation and the privilege to vote. If you are an Honorary Life Member, a Life Member, a Professional Member (P.Eng., P.Geo., P.Geol.,

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From lemonade stands to YouTube, a new era of public engagement

Check out this article excerpt from the Ontario Planning Journal on public engagement written by the combined urbaniste forces of Joost Bakker, Antonio Gomez-Palacio, Bruce Haden. All three are speakers at the upcoming OPPI Symposium October 1 & 2 in Niagara Falls 

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Not for Grandma: Heritage Conservation and Contemporary Design

According to Antonio Gomez-Palacio, it is not for the sake of our grandparents that we commemorate history, it is for our own devious benefit. It is because it can improve our quality of life, and give our children a sense

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Consumers, health, and the security of CCTV

The new age of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) is on. Current advances in both equipment and software promise substantial enhancements in value, enabled specifically by efficient Internet Protocol (IP) CCTV systems and High Definition (HD)TV. CCTV systems are becoming more cost

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Time for you to see ‘the view from here’

DIALOG is a combination of voices. Here, the ideas and interests of our people extend miles beyond just job function. From riding for the cure to curating art shows to blogging, our people stand out outside of work, too. Interior

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Planning for failure: Resilience design

Devastating flooding in Calgary and Toronto, Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, the rising number of terror attacks across the globe, all catastrophes that share one thing in common: failure. In the face of these severe winds of global change, communities and

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Five useful apps for engineers

Life in AEC is dramatically different since the advent of the smart phone. The handy dandy little software packages that these devices deliver aren’t just for people looking to play Temple Run or Fruit Ninja. In fact, many apps are

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Independent Lens: ‘As I Am’, a film about Memphis

‘As I Am’ is filmmaker Alan Spearman’s follow up to ‘April’, which was recognized for excellence at Memfeast 3. The ‘Feast’ is just one of many cultural happenings hosted by our good friends and Sears Crosstown collaborators at Crosstown Arts in

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Designing for a SUB culture: Joost Bakker on the new age of engagement

In a recent issue of Design Quarterly, architect Joost Bakker talks social media, student engagement, the ‘Design Cube’ and the innovative process that is bringing the University of British Columbia’s Student Union Building (UBC SUB) to life. Here is an except:

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Your car costs more than your house

Our cars are responsible for obesity, globally warming, and in the long run cost more than most of our houses. So why are we still driving? Antonio Gomez-Palacio argues that through good urban planning and by focusing on the resulting

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The 7th annual DIALOG charity golf tournament

With the temperature at a frigid 3 degrees C, snow flurries in the air, and gale force winds howling, 142 hardy golfers (a sold-out crowd) teed off at beautiful Copper Creek Golf Club in Kleinburg for DIALOG’s 7th Annual Charity

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From the Atlantic: Kaleidoscopic Architecture (with video)

We really love the Atlantic and spin off the Atlantic: Cities. From the importance of street vendors to urban design to the critique of indie alt rock, this is one publication that should keep readers of all generations and interests coming

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Thinkin’ of the master plan: Lambie leads students at Waterloo

In the early summer of 2012, between working on DIALOG’s award-winning Seneca College Campus Master Plan, and the Hurontario LRT Streetscape and Urban Design, I was quite happily distracting myself with drinks on patios, dipping my toes into pools, and

How to grow a skyscraper: An interview with Andrew Hessel

Check out this video interview with Singularity University’s Andrew Hessel from the superstars at ArchDaily. In the interview Hessel, a self-proclaimed genomic futurist, discusses synthetic biology and how it impacts architecture and design. He asks, is it possible to plant

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Bucking the trends — everything I know (part 1)

We love us some Buckminster Fuller. The free-thinking Harvard castoff and inventor of the Buckyball might well be referred to as one of the forefathers of the sustainability movement. Not only did he leave behind a multitude of mind-bending inventions

Enjoy the Journey

With people like Janice Liebe and Rob Adamson leading the way, DIALOG is changing the nature of air travel through design. The Calgary International Airport is a perfect example of this. Find out more in the attached video.

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Structural Engineering White Paper: Edmonton Clinic South

With a footprint of approximately 7,000 sq. m., the Edmonton Clinic South comprises one basement level and seven floors above ground, plus a two-storey mechanical penthouse. The main architectural feature of the Edmonton Clinic South is a curving, eight-storey glazed

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