Freeziepop and Zeroman battle Taxcess

Trees kick butt!

November 28, 2009

Trees win in urban growth battle Read the rest of this entry »

Cull or be culled

June 19, 2009


Yes! The city is in safe hands!

Roger and the communists

April 21, 2009

There are Communists! Communists! Right here in River City!

There are Communists! Communists! Right here in River City!

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Wanted! Bambi O’Deer!

April 7, 2009

bambi-odeer

City politicians last night recommended killing deer - proceeding with a cull - in the Sifton Bog, this fall to protect that environmentally sensitive land which is surrounded by a subdivision.

Hey! You wanna see a match?

November 8, 2008

Donkey face

My ass and my face!

Fire crews are at the Brunswick Hotel, where a massive blaze has destroyed the 153-year-old building. The building had undergone an unauthorized, partial demolition on October 19 but was shut down by an Ontario Ministry of Labour investigation on October 20.

Reading this interview with Moshe Safdie in Queens Quarterly while waiting out the prep of Thanksgiving dinner.

Referencing his experience with McGills mega-hospital, a project he resigned from, he says; Most buildings going up have little or no archtectural input  in their design. Most everything is predetermind by developers.

The government sets up the procedure which minimizes the governments involvement in the building with a P3 public-private partnership. Government says, ‘We have so much money – give us the proposals. You design the facility, you operate it, you hire the architect and engineers, give us a product within the budget.’ 

This is happening across the board with jails, with airports and with hospitals. 

“I suppose at some point it’ll happen with houses of parliament. Who knows where the end of the line is?” 

Safdie feels this process stifles any innovation. The developers are out to deliver a product at the lowest cost. They have to. That’s the process. If they don’t, they don’t get the job. 

Architects are hired who’ll do an expeditious job. There is no place to reinvent or rethink past the lowest common denominator that’ll do the job, which is okay for a warehouse or a parking garage, but for buildings of a greater cultural purpose it is questionable. 

When the private sector developer decides what our libraries will look like, what our hospitals will look like,  we are saying the marketplace is going to decide our image, our fundamental image 

Buildings tell the story of our culture. When we delegate that to the marketplace, to the lowest common denominator, we are saying something about ourselves. 

Queens Quarterly Summer 2008 
Moshe Safdie architect interviewed by Eleanor Wachtel

A very Gehry parking spot

Let’s play demo ball

October 8, 2008

It’s a game of push and pull. Read the rest of this entry »

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