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  • Nothing average about Canada’s real estate market

    Nothing average about Canada’s real estate market

    Benjamin Tal is not your average kind of economist. For one thing, the CIBC World Markets real estate specialist doesn’t like averages, at least not in the context of Canadian real estate. Real estate in Canada is far too multi-dimensional to be reduced to averages and generalities, he insists. With all of the different trends occurring in real estate in different provinces and cities, using blanket national averages is “useless.” How can an average that includes downward-moving prices in Calgary and upward-moving prices in Toronto and Vancouver, while prices in the rest of the country are more or less in line with inflation, be meaningful? He also has a problem with the way many commentators invariably compare the present state of real estate in Canada with the US market before the crash of 2006. Again, this is “unwise” and “too easy” in Tal’s view. For one thing, there is no rampant ... Read More »
  • Tridel’s SQ2 defines the Toronto urban lifestyle

    Tridel’s SQ2 defines the Toronto urban lifestyle

    When Tridel revealed to the city in 2013 the design of its new condominium building for the Alexandra Park development at Queen and Spadina, people took notice. The building, called SQ Condominiums, is the work of Teeple Architects, and is distinctive for its cubist-block sculptural form. It has been compared to the early work of Moshe Safde, and is unlike anything else in downtown Toronto. In Teeple’s own words, it was designed to kick off the revitalization of Alexandra Park “in an exciting and engaging way.” It succeeded. That building is now under construction on Cameron Street, just steps from bustling Queen Street West and Spadina. Now, the A team of Tridel and Teeple, Toronto’s pre-eminent condo builder and the award-winning architecture firm, has done it again. Presenting SQ2, the second of the innovative market condominiums at the south end of the park, on Vanauley Street, one block west of ... Read More »

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  • Breakthrough “organs-on-chips” named best design of 2015 in London

    Breakthrough “organs-on-chips” named best design of 2015 in London

    The London Design Museum gave its top honour, Design of the Year 2015, to polymer micro-devices known as “organs-on-chips.” Created by two Harvard University scientists, the devices can be lined with human cells from various organs and mimic the structures and functions of those organs. They are intended to be used for testing drugs, cosmetics and for treating infections and other diseases. Their use could end the controversial practice of using lab animals for drug testing. It may seem an odd choice for a design award, particularly since few people outside of medical labs will ever see one of the devices. Yet the organs-on-chips design beat out short-listed contenders like the Google self-driving car for the top award, and they were nominated by no less than the Museum of Modern Art’s senior architecture and design curator, Paola Antonelli. She called them the “epitome of design innovation” and praised their “elegantly ... Read More »
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  • Swedish designer’s 3D printed Loop Chair to debut at Milan Design Week

    Swedish designer’s 3D printed Loop Chair to debut at Milan Design Week

  • Wood is good: report touts physical and psychological benefits of timber

    Wood is good: report touts physical and psychological benefits of timber

  • WELL building standard now promoted in Canada

    WELL building standard now promoted in Canada

    The shower water is infused with vitamin C to reduce chlorine, helping keep skin and hair soft and smooth. Cedar “elements” protect clothing by repelling different types of pests. Dawn simulation gently awakens guests with increasing levels of light and sound. Scents are available for mood enhancing and relaxation. An air purification system reduces allergens, toxins, smoke and microbes in the air. Bright white light suppresses melatonin and can help reduce jet lag and regulate circadian rhythm. This is just a partial list of the many features available, not at the newest trendy wellness spa or rehab centre for the rich and famous, but at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. There’s even a video welcome message from today’s top wellness guru, Deepak Chopra. Perhaps people are more likely to gamble their money away when they feel well? As much as this will all sound kind of gimmicky to ... Read More »
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    Loblaw to ban harmful ingredients from house brands

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    Turn off your lights: save the birds

  • WELL building standard now promoted in Canada

    WELL building standard now promoted in Canada

    The shower water is infused with vitamin C to reduce chlorine, helping keep skin and hair soft and smooth. Cedar “elements” protect clothing by repelling different types of pests. Dawn simulation gently awakens guests with increasing levels of light and sound. Scents are available for mood enhancing and relaxation. An air purification system reduces allergens, toxins, smoke and microbes in the air. Bright white light suppresses melatonin and can help reduce jet lag and regulate circadian rhythm. This is just a partial list of the many features available, not at the newest trendy wellness spa or rehab centre for the rich and famous, but at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. There’s even a video welcome message from today’s top wellness guru, Deepak Chopra. Perhaps people are more likely to gamble their money away when they feel well? As much as this will all sound kind of gimmicky to ... Read More »
  • Condo shooting raises question of security

    Condo shooting raises question of security

  • E-signatures on real estate documents acceptable July 1

    E-signatures on real estate documents acceptable July 1

  • Nothing average about Canada’s real estate market

    Nothing average about Canada’s real estate market

  • Cottages remain part of the Canadian dream for many

    Cottages remain part of the Canadian dream for many

  • Condo shooting raises question of security

    Condo shooting raises question of security

    A woman who lives in a downtown condominium building where two men were killed last weekend told a TV news reporter that security in the building was lax. The entrance doors, both front and back, were always open, she said. Anyone could just walk up and open the doors. She seemed to be making a connection between the killing and the open doors, though that connection doesn’t necessarily hold up; the suspects in the killing are thought to have been party guests in the condo where the shooting took place. The fact that two people were killed in the building will not make residents feel more secure, whether the shooters were there by invitation or by stealth. Nothing makes people more nervous about their personal safety than the occurrence of a violent crime nearby. It doesn’t matter that the occurrence of violent crime overall is declining in Toronto; when it ... Read More »
  • E-signatures on real estate documents acceptable July 1

    E-signatures on real estate documents acceptable July 1

  • Self-disinfecting door handle stops hand-transmitted infections

    Self-disinfecting door handle stops hand-transmitted infections

  • Canada will need 100,000 new engineers between now and 2025

    Canada will need 100,000 new engineers between now and 2025

  • Finland joins tall wood building movement with 8-storey apartment

    Finland joins tall wood building movement with 8-storey apartment

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