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    Architecture Design and Building in British Columbia, Canada - 01
    Architecture Design and Building in British Columbia, Canada

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    B.C. APARTMENTS

    In both the emergence and ensuing development of a modern architectural idiom in Canada's Pacific Northwest, designs for the detached family home have served an important role as crucibles of exploration and research.

    New materials and building technologies have been allied with challenges to conventional social habit, while the rugged terrain, lush vegetation, and benign climate have provided a profound measure to the artifice of design. — Published 2013.0605

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    DOCKSIDE GREEN: PHASE TWO

    The second phase of the Dockside Green project in Victoria, British Columbia, recently received a high-scoring LEED Platinum certification from the Canada Green Building Council. Known as Balance, this part of the development comprises 171 residential units in two adjacent towers. It earned a LEED score of 63 points out of a possible 70, matching the score of Dockside Green's first phase, Synergy (featured in ArchitectureWeek No. 401). — Published 2011.0302

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    HOUSE BY HOUSE

    By the time I saw Lloyd House's "Leaf House," then the sauna he built, I realized he was the builder of my dreams. He did things I'd never seen a builder do. He was tuned deeply into his materials and surroundings, and there was joy and wit in addition to master craftsmanship. Here was a builder able to carry through on his own designs to the last detail. His creations took my breath away. When I came upon the sauna, I was stunned. — Published 2010.0106

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    DOCKSIDE GREEN

    Although the last two decades have seen Vancouver, Canada, grab more attention for its elegant forest of tall, slender, glassy condominium towers, the city's smaller neighbor, Victoria, is making some waves of its own. The comparatively sleepy British Columbia capital, with a population of just under 80,000, is home to one of the most ambitious sustainable development projects undertaken in Canada. — Published 2008.1015

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    STONE GREEN

    Architects Busby Perkins+Will and KEEN Engineering, which is now part of Stantec, combined multiple green strategies within a single project to achieve Canada's first LEED Gold certification for new construction for the City of White Rock Operations Building in British Columbia. — Published 2006.1101

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    B.C. CAMPUS COMPOSITE

    In the realm of mixed-use developments, certain mixes of use have become commonplace: office and retail; housing and schools; cultural and entertainment facilities. But a new complex for Surrey, British Columbia, Canada has drawn attention by combining an unlikely pair: a regional shopping mall and a campus for a major university. — Published 2004.0414

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    ERICKSON'S URBAN WATERFALL

    "You can't fight City Hall," goes the old adage. Yet the Waterfall Building, an innovative urban live/ work development in Vancouver, British Columbia, is proof that you can fight City Hall and win. In this case, the city wins too. Zoning laws that were relaxed to permit the unconventional design will pave the way for similar projects in the future. — Published 2002.0220

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