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Design, architecture, real estate in spotlight at Buildings Show

For three days next week, Toronto will be the centre of the built universe, in addition to its usual position as centre of the natural universe. On those three days, December 3–5, The Buildings Show, “North America’s largest expositions, networking and educational event,” will be in town. This is really your show of shows, buildings-wise, bringing together under one roof some of the top players in the design, construction and real estate industries. Event organizer Informa Canada has created a mega-show that combines six industry shows: Construct Canada, PM Expo, Homebuilder & Renovator Expo, Concrete Canada, Construct International, and IIDEXCanada. The Real Estate Forum is also running at the same ... Read More »

Shop the Neighbourhood, support a local business

Tomorrow is Black Friday, fast becoming the world’s busiest shopping day. A lot of Canadians will no doubt be heading to the US to snag some great bargains, though with the loonie so much lower than it was this time last year there may be less southbound traffic this year. The lure of the bargain is strong, however, and with most Canadians living within a two-hour drive of a border crossing, is it any wonder that cross-border shopping is so popular? Lower prices, greater choice, and the sheer fun of it all make a day of shopping in the US irresistible to many. Statistics Canada reports that Canadians spent $8 ... Read More »

Groundbreaking ceremony at 101 Erskine condos from Tridel

Tridel announced this week that preparations for construction are now underway on its mid-town condos, 101 Erskine. The architectural, engineering and construction drawings are finalized, says the announcement, and the excavation equipment has arrived on site. The official groundbreaking ceremony has taken place. From an urban planning perspective, important both for those who intend to live in a particular neighbourhood and for those who may consider investing in it, 101 Erskine is extremely well located. The Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood is a textbook example of good mixed use development. Erskine Avenue itself has a long-standing mix of single-family dwellings and apartment buildings. Both Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue provide a rich ... Read More »

Home ownership became a little less costly in third quarter: RBC

Except for the usual places, homes are reasonably affordable in Canada and became a little more so in the three months from July through September. RBC’s latest affordability report says that a combination of lower utility costs, continuing low interest rates, and rising incomes made the costs of ownership “a little lighter” for most housing types in most parts of the country. For the third consecutive quarter, affordability improved for low-rise home types; for condominiums, it was the fourth straight “easing” of ownership costs. Condos continue to be the most affordable option “in every market,” which explains their popularity over the past many years. Outside of Toronto and Vancouver, where ... Read More »

3D printed concrete coming soon to world’s construction sites

One of the world’s foremost architectural firms and its partner, a leading construction and engineering firm, are confident that it will soon be possible to save a great deal of time and money by creating buildings using 3D printed concrete. The renowned London-based architectural firm of Foster and Partners has teamed with Swedish construction and concrete giant Skanska with the aim of developing viable 3D technology for printing with concrete. The partners have said they hope to develop the world’s first commercial concrete-printing robot within eighteen months. The development work will be taking place in collaboration with Britain’s Loughborough University. The machine, controlled by computer and mounted on a gantry, will ... Read More »

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