Montreal supermarket is Canada’s first to grow produce on its own rooftop garden

July 21, 2017 by  
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When the Montreal borough of Saint-Laurent began pushing for green roofs , a supermarket wondered if it could do regulations one better. Fast-forward a few years and IGA Extra Famille Duchemin now claims to be the first grocery store in Canada to sell produce grown on its own roof. High above its LEED Gold-certified retail space, IGA’s 25,000-foot garden features more than 30 different varieties of certified-organic produce, including tomatoes, lettuce, radishes, kale, eggplant, and basil. Speaking to the Ottawa Citizen , co-owner Richard Duchemin said he decided to perceive Saint-Laurent’s requirement not as a burden but an opportunity. Related: New York City unveils massive green-roofed film and fashion hub in Brooklyn Not only does a green roof help regulate the temperature of the building below it, saving energy, but it also feeds into consumer demand for food with a smaller carbon footprint. “People are very interested in buying local,” he said. “There’s nothing more local than this.” The garden, which is irrigated using water reclaimed from the store’s dehumidification system, has also become a mini-Eden for birds, bees, and other embattled urban fauna. Duchemin compares IGA’s produce-laden roof to those “little boxes where [supermarkets] grow herbs,” but on a grander scale. “We pushed it further because we know we’re able to sell what we produce here,” he added. Related: Green roofs cool co-working shipping container office in Brazil If proven successful, GA Extra Famille Duchemin could even kick-start a trend across Canada. Pierre St-Laurent, executive vice-president for Quebec at Sobeys , which owns the IGA chain, is said to be following the store’s progress with great interest. Photos via Facebook Via Ottawa Citizen

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Abandoned 1920s bank is transformed into a luxurious coworking space

September 21, 2016 by  
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Built in 1928, the heritage building has sat empty since the Royal Bank of Canada abandoned it in 2010. Montreal-born startup Crew Collective saw an opportunity in the glamorous building and hired architect Henri Cleinge to carefully remake the former bank into a 12,000-square-meter space that includes the startup’s headquarters, a cafe, and co-working space . While the building primarily caters to permanent and temporary freelance workers, it’s also open to the public. Related: Old Brooklyn factory gets new life as a vibrant co-working space for creatives Cleinge’s contemporary additions are minimally intrusive, with glazed dividers, brass-clad private rooms, and furnishings with thin black metal legs. The newly added spaces hand the spotlight to the historic decor. A coworking membership at the former Montreal bank starts at $450 per month and includes access to the cafe, conference rooms, kitchen, private desks, collective spaces, as well as to a community of Montreal’s creative professionals. + Henri Cleinge + Crew Via The Spaces Images via Crew Collective and Henri Cleinge

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Winning Montreal Biodme renovation deepens visitor connection to fauna and flora

August 3, 2016 by  
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The Biodôme is part of a series of museum pavilions collectively named ‘Space for Life’ located within the Olympic Park in the East side of Montreal . Its redesign, initiated as part of a city-wide renewal plan to celebrate Montreal’s 375th birthday, is based on the idea of deepening visitor experience of the animal and plant species clustered in four ecosystems : Tropical Rainforest, the Laurentian Maple Forest, the Gulf of St Lawrence, and the Sub-Polar Regions (Arctic and Antarctic). Related: Extraordinary butterfly pavilion shelters its own artificial rainforest ecosystem The new revitalization strategy will result in reorganized spaces that make better use of the structure’s height and better focus visitor’s educational experience. A skin-like envelope will wrap around the existing building, utilizing residual spaces and offering a high level of flexibility, while new rest areas and amenities will further enhance time spent there. The Biodôme will close in September, 2016 for the construction process. + KANVA + NEUF architect(e)s Via v2com Images by KANVA

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United Nations climate change cover up sets off alarm bells

August 3, 2016 by  
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It should come as no surprise that Australia is feeling the effects of climate change as much as the rest of the world, but the United Nations doesn’t want people to know about it. A UNESCO report on the impact of global warming on world heritage sites suspiciously failed to mention Australia, even though an earlier version of the report did. Heavily redacted emails between the agency and the country’s government indicate a cover up . The Guardian reported on UNESCO’s report, which came from a partnership with the United Nations Environmental Programme and the Union of Concerned Scientists . An earlier version contained scientific information about Australia’s multiple sites impacted by climate change, including The Great Barrier Reef . No mention of the continent was in the final release, including mentions scrubbed from the introduction. Related: More than one-third of the coral is dead in parts of Great Barrier Reef Emails sent between UNESCO and Australian government agencies, acquired under freedom of information, are heavily redacted, as revealed by Climate Home . These suspicious communications aren’t sitting well with Australian Climate Council member William Steffen, who peer reviewed the missing sections on The Great Barrier Reef. He told The Guardian , “One would assume they would report on the science – you can do what you want with the science once it’s reported. But what gets us really concerned is when we see the science itself suppressed. That starts ringing alarm bells in scientist’s minds. That’s something that shouldn’t be happening in a western democracy.” Via  The Guardian Images via  Wikimedia , Pixabay

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Giant glittering dance floor inspires strangers to dance in the streets of Montreal

July 20, 2016 by  
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Spanning a pedestrian road closed off to cars between the museum and a church, the 3,000-square-foot DANCE FLOOR comprises glittering paving with golden footprints pointed in a variety of directions. The mosaic-like urban installation evokes hammered gold in reference to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Pompeii exhibition. Passersby drawn to the glint and shine of the gold footprints are invited to improvise steps on the giant dance floor . Related: Historic Church With Tiffany Stained Glass Transformed into Beautiful Concert Hall for Montreal “With Verville’s proposal the participants experiment movement, both free and structured by the course, to surrender to the pleasure of an impulsive action or casual wandering,” says a press release. “Welcoming varied and unforgettable performances, DANCE FLOOR shines a new dynamism to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ area.” The DANCE FLOOR is complemented with raised rectangular volumes, also covered in golden footprints , which can be used as seating or as an elevated surface to jump or dance on. + Jean Verville architecte Images by Maxime Brouillet and François Bodlet

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Antarctic ozone layer shows "first fingerprints of healing"

July 1, 2016 by  
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Nearly 30 years ago, almost every country in the world signed the Montreal Protocol to ban chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) used in refrigerators, aerosols, and dry cleaning. The chlorine in CFCs was said to interact with ozone in the atmosphere to deplete the ozone layer. MIT scientist Susan Solomon’s work helped provide the impetus for the Montreal Protocol, and now she’s the lead author on a study recently published in Science revealing the Antarctic ozone layer may be healing at last. Each year around August, the ozone hole begins to open, and is typically fully formed in October. In the past, scientists have usually scrutinized the ozone hole in October, but Solomon and her team – which includes five other scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado and the University of Leeds in the UK – decided to switch their focus to September. According to Solomon , “September is a better time to look because chlorine chemistry is firmly in control of the rate at which the hole forms at that time of the year.” The team tracked September ozone hole data between 2000 and 2015. They looked at satellite measurements of ozone and at meteorological changes. Related: New invention uses fluorescent lights to remove air pollution and stinky odors Their findings provide a lot of hope. Chlorine levels in the atmosphere are dissipating, and the ozone hole is shrinking. September’s ozone hole has diminished by over 4 million square kilometers, which is almost ” half the area of the contiguous United States .” The scientist team did see an ozone depletion spike in 2015, but were able to link it to a volcano eruption in Chile. Solomon thinks the ozone hole might even close up in the middle of this century. Solomon said , “We can now be confident that the things we’ve done have put the planet on a path to heal…Science was helpful in showing the path, diplomats and countries and industry were incredibly able in charting a pathway out of these molecules, and now we’ve actually seen the planet starting to get better. It’s a wonderful thing.” Via Phys.org Images via NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Pixabay

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Plush green-roofed cultural center replaces 2004 Olympic Games facilities in Athens

July 1, 2016 by  
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The Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center looks like an artificial hill that rises towards the south part of the site to a maximum height of 32 meters (104 feet), offering great views of the sea and the bay of Kallithea. A sloping park, planted with indigenous species and conceived by New York landscape designer Deborah Nevins , tops the opera house and the library. Related: London to get another Renzo Piano-designed tower at Paddington Station A large solar array was installed on the roof of the complex, which Piano calls the “flying carpet.” Inside, various functions and programs are organized around a central gathering space inspired by the agora, a typology dating back to ancient times. Over 5,000 manuscripts and documents are housed inside a large library. Various other spaces like a business incubator for entrepreneurs, a music recording studio and play areas for kids and teenagers are distributed across the first two floors, while the adjacent opera house features two auditoriums for traditional and experimental performances. + Renzo Piano Building Workshop Via Dezeen

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Montral school looks like its been carved out of a giant iceberg

June 20, 2016 by  
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The building was designed to redefine the way educational facilities communicate with their urban context, and enhance the entire neighborhood of Griffintown district in Montréal. The school offers mediated views of the program occupying the upper levels and becomes more extroverted by inviting the surroundings inside the campus. Related: This energy efficent school campus replaces an old farm in France The atrium is dominated by a spiraling promenade that connects different zones and programs. Built-in outdoor furniture such as cushioned nooks is scattered across the space, forming different areas where students can relax, study and socialize. + Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux Architecte Via v2com Photos by Stéphane Brugger

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Sublime Nook Residence blends seamlessly into the snowy Canadian landscape

June 1, 2016 by  
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The home’s sharp angles and stark white facade mimic the steep terrain and snowy landscape that lead up to the lot. The structure is comprised of two asymmetrical volumes “twisted” onto each other in an origami-like style. The top level is strategically placed on the smaller lower level, providing solar shading for the large, south-facing terrace. Related: MU Architecture unveils tiny copper and glass huts for Canada’s Bigwin Island Large, floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over the adjacent Lake Memphremagog permit residents to enjoy the breathtaking natural surroundings from the living space. Polished concrete radiant flooring and walnut furniture further bring a nature-inspired elegance to the minimalistic interior design . An interior balcony and light Cedar-planked ceilings extend to the outside terrace, guiding the eye towards the breathtaking lake view . + MU Architecture

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Innovative ceramic cladding scrubs the air clean in Montreal

April 14, 2016 by  
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