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Understanding Ugly: Human Responses

Understanding Ugly: Human Responses

Posted Oct 22nd, 2022 in Design

Why do some buildings beguile us, others bewilder, and others repel? This downloadable book explores the complex relationships between people and the built environments we inhabit.

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The Modern and the Perceptions of the Wider Populace

Posted Aug 26th, 2022

Initiatives to evaluate and manage many aspects of the built environment are often undertaken by building and conservation professionals without reference to the wider societal attitudes and perceptions. Yet repeated studies have confirmed that the wider population perceives and evaluates the built environment in a manner which can be very different than that of building professionals.

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The Main Points of Mentoring

Posted Apr 25th, 2022 in Design, Business of Architecture, Architectural Education

In education, mentoring often plays an important role. Sometimes the role of a mentor never ends, and might span the generations.

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An Interview with Boris Brott

Posted Apr 9th, 2022 in Design, Current Issues

Music is abstract and architecture more material and physical. A musician can examine the materials in-between differently because they act upon a third sense – that of hearing.

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Why Design Awards?

Posted Mar 16th, 2022 in Design, Business of Architecture, Current Issues, Niagara Architecture, Architectural Education

Some good reasons to have more awards programmes.

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Architectural Fiction

Posted Feb 11th, 2022 in Design, Business of Architecture

It was late November, and Antoine surveyed the wreck of his Ottawa office. . .

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Understanding Architectural Elegance

Understanding Architectural Elegance

Posted Jan 18th, 2022 in Design

This article explores the nature of a set of concepts that might be overall classified as 'elegance'. Various writers are considered, as well as the results of polling of members of the wider population.

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Learning from Local

Posted Nov 26th, 2020 in Business of Architecture, Niagara Architecture

In attempting to understand something, it is always good to look around and back in time. Rather unfortunately ordinary details of the past tend to be forgotten, together with what we might learn from them.

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Colour in Architecture

Colour in Architecture

Posted Oct 26th, 2020 in Design

Buildings in St.John's Newfoundland - Colour in a harsh climate

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Designed for Touring: Niagara Falls, Canada

Designed for Touring: Niagara Falls, Canada

Posted Aug 26th, 2020 in Niagara Architecture

The Niagara area of Canada has been a tourist destination for over two hundred years, and has successfully evolved to address changing expectations. A short explanatory tour will take the visitor to just a few of the many attractions, and will help to demonstrate why Niagara retains its appeal as a place that everyone has to visit - at least once.

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