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Can Taller Buildings Make Toronto More Affordable?

“A two-story-high change in Ontario’s building code could help to increase density and ease affordable housing strains in the city of Toronto. As of January 1st, developers can now construct wood-frame buildings up to six stories; the previous height limit was four stories.”

Why should you read this? Interesting city planning decision. Next City, January 2015


U.S. Supertowers, Megaprojects Retake Center Stage

“Supertall building construction continues apace—especially in New York City, where workers topped out the 1,396-ft-tall 432 Park Avenue residential tower, designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects. Work has begun on another Big Apple “supertall”: the 1,775-ft Nordstrom Tower, designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. In Chicago, schematic design is underway for an 89-story building, designed by Studio Gang Architects.”

Why should you read this? Personally, I’m a sucker for supertall stories (and have written more than a few myself). ENR, December 2014

World Record Sports Facilities

“Greatest-capacity fixed-dome stadium — Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans; 76,468 seating capacity for football; Owner: Louisiana Stadium & Exposition District. The world’s largest steel dome, a 680-ft dia Lamella roof supported at its perimeter by a 9 ft tension ring, with a surface area of 9 acres. It is home to the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League, hosts basketball games, concerts and expositions, and will host Super Bowl XLVII in February, 2013. “

Why should you read this? This is a slide show of some of humanity’s largest building efforts—the cathedrals of our age?—and interesting facts abound. Did you know the world’s largest horse racing facility is in Japan—and has a view of Mt. Fuji? ENR, November 2012

High-performance buildings coalition calls for consensus-based green standards

“In announcing the formation of the coalition, several speakers emphasized that the mission of the organization was not to undermine the objectives of green construction or one specific system, such as the LEED rating system from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and emphasized that the focus, rather, is on the importance of transparency and dialogue… However, during the conference call, several representatives went on to take specific issue with the USGBC, the LEED rating system development process, and the current changes under review for LEED…” Another voice in the surprisingly contentious sustainability standards arena. Public Works/Eco-Structure Magazine, July 23, 2012

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