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Old September 24th, 2011, 11:16 PM   #201
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Glitzy new addition to wave of new office construction aims to be Vancouver's greenest

FRANCES BULA
VANCOUVER— Globe and Mail Update
Published Saturday, Sep. 24, 2011 12:24PM EDT


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A European consortium is preparing to develop a new office tower in Vancouver, a first in the city’s recent downtown development and a potential glitzy new addition to an existing wave of new office construction.

The planned 400,000-square-foot tower, to be made public Monday by Credit Suisse AG and Swissreal Investments Inc., will be aiming for construction that’s at the highest environmental certification level ever seen in the city for an office building – LEED Platinum.
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The building design displayed by the architects, Iredale Group Architecture, shows a strikingly modern tower made up of two distinct components that envelop and preserve the city’s Old Stock Exchange Building on 800 West Pender St.
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Old September 25th, 2011, 04:14 AM   #202
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Looks great, towers with spires on top are generally much better than just ordinary boxy ones ( much better especially at night. )
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Old November 9th, 2011, 02:20 PM   #206
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Old December 16th, 2011, 04:24 AM   #207
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High-tech greenhouse planned for downtown Vancouver parkade rooftop
By RANDY SHORE, Vancouver Sun
December 13, 2011

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/High+tec...#ixzz1gf0FoCu4

VANCOUVER -- The roof of a city-owned downtown parkade will be converted to a high-tech vertical growing space capable of producing 95 tonnes of fresh vegetables a year.

Vancouver-based Valcent Products has entered into a memorandum of understanding with EasyPark, the corporate manager of the city’s parkades, to build a 6,000-square-foot greenhouse on underutilized space on the roof of the parkade at 535 Richards Street, in the heart of the downtown core.

The inside of the greenhouse will be anything but ordinary. Four-metre-high stacks of growing trays on motorized conveyors will ferry plants up, down and around for watering, to capture the sun’s rays and then move them into position for an easy harvest.

The array will produce about the same amount of produce as 6.4 hectares (16 acres) of California fields, according to Christopher Ng, chief operating officer of Valcent.

Construction will begin on the project in January, with an eye to harvesting the first crops in April. The greenhouse will cover less than half of the available space on the rooftop, leaving open the possibility that a second, equally productive greenhouse can be built in the future.

Ng reasons that Valcent’s growing technology is a perfect match with Vancouver’s stated goal of becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020. He found the city was not only willing to listen to his idea, but also to act on it. EasyPark came up with suggestions for properties that might work.

EasyPark general manager Mel McKinney for EasyPark sees the VertiCrop installation as a way to promote environmental leadership while repurposing an underused city asset.

“This long-term lease generates direct financial benefit to Vancouverites while showcasing Vancouver’s sustainability innovation,” said McKinney in a quote supplied by email.

“We saw some synergy ... between [the city’s] greenest city goals and our technology to grow food in an urban environment,” Ng said.

Valcent has struck the deal with EasyPark and local food supplier PSWJ Holdings to market and distribute the produce. Talks are also underway with a bicycle-based food delivery company and Ng figures to lure the city’s top chefs aboard once the quality of the product is established.

The VertiCrop system can be used to grow at least 20 varieties of lettuces, herbs and greens, provided they are under 30 centimetres (one foot) tall.

The Richards Street property has good access to light throughout the day despite being surrounded by tall buildings, so no artificial lighting will be required. Heat will be provided by the sun through much of the year and low-carbon hydroelectric power during the coldest months. The greenhouse will be clad with fluoropolymer sheets rather than glass to enhance light transmission and reduce the risk of damage due to wind.

Growing greens close to home makes sense both environmentally and nutritionally, Ng said.

“In the winter our lettuce comes from California, Mexico and as far south as Chile,” he said. “The food miles are just phenomenal.

“Plus, lettuce loses half its nutritional value in the first 96 hours after you pick it. California lettuce hasn’t even crossed the border in 96 hours.”

The memorandum calls for a formal lease on the parkade space to be signed within 90 days.
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Old December 16th, 2011, 07:12 PM   #208
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what is the tallest building completed, U/C or proposed in Vancouver?
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Old January 11th, 2012, 03:35 AM   #209
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Old January 18th, 2012, 04:30 AM   #210
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Updated first page - Jan. 18 with 2 new proposals.
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Old January 19th, 2012, 03:37 AM   #211
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Can you please post new proposals on here too so we will know which ones you updated? Not everyone know which ones you updated.
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Old January 19th, 2012, 01:10 PM   #212
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Old January 26th, 2012, 07:20 PM   #214
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Local design studio shares concept design which reconnects Vancouverites with water

This proposal by Chris Doray Studio Inc, entered as a wild card into the reCONNECT Vancouver Competition, aims to diminish the mental divide between the west end and the east side of the city. It will provide badly-needed recreational facilities in this part of the city and return some ‘authentic life’ to the easterners, with eight kilometres of shoreline amenities and a sandy beach in a 90 ha park. It also includes an ecological plan that converts ocean and grey waters using 12ha of reed-bed natural reserve to purify the water.

A simple formula and sleek design means water becomes a focus in this proposal. Water is a precious commodity, a vital resource - we are dependent on water but also endangered by it. With rising water levels and the increasingly heavy inland rains urban living faces new challenges. The designers at Chris Doray Studio felt that it is essential to integrate water dynamically in living space, wherever and however it may occur.

The challenge is combining striking design with sustainable water management in usable urban spaces. Another bold aspect to this new ‘Urban-Pluralism’ is mapping the intangible through the act of annulment and reconstituting this disordered east side through the introduction of three new geometries: a 40ha Aquatic Landscape - Water Town, Aqua Towers, Reed Bed Natural Reserve, Marina; a 90ha Natural Landscape - Park Residences, Beach; and a 30ha Urban Landscape - Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver Art Gallery + Residences, VAG Sculpture Garden.

The architects’ purpose has been to envision an urban way of living that frees individuals within a community from restricting conventions of thought and action, in order to realise more fully than is presently possible to answer the question, ‘What is Human?’ Hence adopting a Free-Zone Space: an urban planning approach that aims at inducing the sensory experiences. Both vivid and lucid, each is in a constant state of flux: first in time, then in place and finally in human state.







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Old January 31st, 2012, 05:56 AM   #215
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Added 320 Granville St to first page.

This is an initial proposal and has yet to be approved by the Urban Design Panel (UDP).
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Old February 17th, 2012, 08:31 PM   #216
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City stepping in to fill affordable-housing void
Council letting senior governments 'off the hook;' developers worry about competition
By Kent Spencer, The Province February 12, 2012

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Vancouver's ambitious plan to create 1,100 affordable housing units makes it easier for senior governments to beg off their own duties, says an opposition councillor.

"We're letting the federal and provincial governments off the hook. They have traditionally been the lead players in affordable housing," says NPA Coun. George Affleck.

A staff report going to council on Tuesday says $42 million should be put aside to create 1,100 units of non-market rental housing over the next three years. Up to $33.5 million would be spent on land acquisitions.

The figures are part of a $702-million capital plan for 2012-14 that also seeks to borrow $95 million, subject to council's approval.

Affleck believes the Vision Vancouver majority wants to take the lead in providing affordable housing, even though it is technically not a municipal responsibility.

"Vancouver is taking the stress from senior governments who should be trying to find their own solutions," he says.

Although specific plans have not been announced, Affleck says two city-owned lots east of the Granville Bridge on Pacific Boulevard, are the type that could be considered.

Officials at the Urban Development Institute, representing the industry's views, have concerns about municipal dollars competing with the private sector for scarce resources such as land, construction crews and market share.

UDI director Maureen Enser says margins are tight so the viability of some projects might be affected.

"Zoning for affordability affects the supply of market housing," Enser says. "Hopefully, council will achieve a balance."

The number of buildings built with municipal assistance will constitute about 12 per cent of the annual residential construction in the city.

Vision Coun. Raymond Louie, who chairs the finance committee, says council wants to "leverage" funding from other sources.

"We will use city assets, money or land," he says.

Although Louie's preference is for partnerships with other levels of government, he admits that it's challenging getting everyone to take part.

"The federal government has pulled out substantially from the equation," he says.

Vancouver will lobby federal Finance Minister Joe Flaherty at a meeting this week.

Louie claims the city's taxpayer-funded presence in the marketplace, which will add hundreds of units to the mix, won't adversely affect private interests.

"We're not competing with that sector at all. They're building $800,000 units. People using the affordable housing won't have the income to support that amount," he says.
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Downtown Vancouver's density highest in Canada
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February 9, 2012

The population of the city of Vancouver as a whole grew more slowly than the provincial average of seven per cent between 2006 and 2011.

However, the growth downtown was higher than average, at 11 per cent.

The latest census data shows Vancouver grew by 4.4 per cent during those five years, to 603,500, giving Vancouver a population density of 5,490 per square kilometre, the highest in Canada.

That density spikes to 9,104 in the central part of the city defined by the federal electoral riding of Vancouver Centre, which includes all of downtown to Main Street and south to Broadway.

The growth downtown was thanks to the construction of condo towers and the city's concerted efforts to increase density.

"It goes to show that if you build it, they will come," said demographer Ryan Berlin of the Urban Futures Institute.

The downtown lifestyle, where everything is accessible by foot or transit, is attractive to young professionals, which is important as cities compete for younger workers as the population ages, Berlin said.

Mayor Gregor Robertson announced a housing affordability task force this week to see if government policy is needed to increase the stock of affordable housing.

Urban planner Michael Geller said the answer to providing more affordable housing is increasing the supply of housing stock, as evidenced by census numbers showing Surrey grew by almost 20 per cent while remaining a relatively inexpensive place to buy a home.

"Some people say we're not building housing because it's too expensive, but I would suggest [housing] is too expensive because we're not building more housing in Vancouver," Geller said.

"We are building lots of housing in Surrey, which is contributing to its growth and which is also resulting in a fair degree of affordable housing as well."
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Too old, too big, too expensive: Historic mansion set for the wrecking ball
By Cheryl Chan, The Province
February 16, 2012
Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/homes/exp...#ixzz1mfTVYASk

A piece of Vancouver history is headed for the wrecking ball — its only remaining value the prime real estate it occupies in Vancouver’s pricey Southlands.

The WilMar Estate, located at 2050 Southwest Marine Drive on one of the largest residential parcels of land in the city, has been on the market since November, listed at $8.5 million.

In its heyday in the Roaring '20s, and in the 1930s, the WilMar hosted ladies’ teas and lavish parties, but since its last owner died in 2006, it has languished empty.

The 1925 Tudor-style mansion — which still has its old asbestos*wrapped pipes and knob-and-tube wiring — will likely be torn down, realtor Larry Yatkowsky said Wednesday.

“It’s highly likely. The sad reality is it’s simply cheaper to start from scratch,” he said. “People can’t afford these mansions any more.”

The 87-year-old house, complete with a sprawling garden, coach house and three-car garage, sits on almost one hectare with a view of the Fraser River, Richmond, the Gulf Islands and Mount Baker in the distance.

The 9,000-square-foot house has five bedrooms, an office, two dining rooms, a solarium and a 1,200-sq.-ft. attic, larger than most modern-day condos.

It still boasts its original oak floors, lead-glass windows, plaster ceilings and walls, and state-of-the-art (at the time) ice box and servant call buttons.

In one of the home’s musty closets, Yatkowsky found some documents and photos of the Kitchen family who used to live in the house.

Originally from Great Britain, Willard Kitchen, a director at Pacific Great Eastern Railway, his wife Mary and their three daughters, moved to B.C. from New Brunswick sometime before 1914.

The two eldest daughters — Agnes Mary and Ellen Hazle — never married. The third, Gladys, studied law at the University of New Brunswick and was called to the bar in 1918, becoming one of Vancouver’s first female lawyers.

The Kitchen daughters lived to ripe old ages of 89, 97 and 95, respectively.

When Ellen Hazle died, Gladys’ daughter, Judith Jardine, inherited the house.

Jardine was active in Vancouver’s arts community, serving as board secretary of the Community Arts Council of Vancouver from 1962 to 1979 and co-authored a book on the history of the council.

Like her aunts, she never married. She lived in the house until she died in 2006, in her mid-’90s. In her will, she left her estate to the Vancouver Foundation, said Yatkowsky.

Upkeep on the house is expensive, he said. The WilMar’s property taxes last year cost $31,000. It would cost another $5 million to bring the aging building up to code.

“It’s like what happened in England to all those barons and dukes and princes. They can’t afford their grand places any more,” said Yatkowsky, pointing out that the 1932 Casa Mia, another historic mansion down the street, is slated to become a hospice.

About 350 people, mostly curiosity seekers, came to the WilMar’s weekend open houses, but there have been few serious offers.

This weekend, Yatkowsky is*hosting a group of photographers to take pictures of the property — something he hopes will preserve at least some part of the house for posterity.

“You may never get to see it again. That’s the sad part, so come on now and have a look while it’s still here.”
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Flatiron-style tower proposed for Howe-Beach
Vancouver Sun
February 17, 2012

The developer that built Vancouver's tallest building, the Shangri-La, has applied to the city of Vancouver to build a 49-storey condominium tower at the corner of Howe Street and Beach Avenue near the north end of the Granville Bridge.

The tower proposed by Westbank Projects Corp. starts as a triangle at the lower level and then becomes a square as it rises above the bridge.

"In doing so, it also increases the desirable spaces for living at its top, while freeing a new common space at its base," the building's architect, Bjarke Ingels, writes in the rezoning application. "The tower is a contemporary descendent of the Flatiron Building in New York City, one of the city's most important landmarks." New York's Flatiron Building is triangular.

Ingels is a Danish architect who has won several awards and was named Wall Street Journal's Architectural Innovator of 2011, according to his online biography.

The project is in the pre-approval stage with the city and an open house is planned for late March.

The plans call for a 49-storey residential tower with a nine-storey base that includes market rental housing, commercial uses and a child care facility on the site at 1412-1460 Howe St. The tower would have 600 homes including 180 market rental suites.

On neighbouring sites at 1429 and 1410 Granville and 710 Pacific St. the plans call for six-storey buildings with retail and office uses. The retail space would include a grocery store, a drugstore and a liquor store.

Vancouver architect James Cheng called the project "special" and "unique" in his letter of support included with the rezoning application to the city.

"This proposed rezoning by Bjarke Ingels of [Bjarke Ingels Group]. is an imaginative and thoughtful response to a unique site that is both next to, and sandwiched between the Granville Bridge and its ramps," Cheng wrote. "It is an important gateway location into our city and deserves special consideration."

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Greater Vancouver Zoo starts construction on $1M animal care centre
By Jennifer Saltman, The Province
February 17, 2012

Aldergrove’s Greater Vancouver Zoo broke ground Friday morning on a new centre aimed at improving the quality of care it can give its animals.

“We’re all very excited about it,” said Jody Henderson, the zoo’s general manager.

The building will replace an aging barn and allow small- and medium-sized animals to undergo most treatments on site instead of at an animal hospital in Abbotsford.

“What it does do is eliminate that long, awful drive,” Henderson said. “It’s a lot better for the animal and it’s a lot better for us.”

Major surgeries will still be done at the hospital. Most of the large animals — hippos, giraffes and rhinos — are treated in their enclosures.

The 23 rooms in the building include a modern kitchen and food-storage facilities, a surgery and quarantine for new arrivals or sick animals.

The zoo is currently going through accreditation by the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which happens every five years.

“It’s definitely something we needed to do and CAZA’s very pleased we’ve gone forward with it,” Henderson said.

The 5,400-square-foot facility is expected to be completed in July at a cost of close to $1 million.

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