Welcome to Parallel 52°

Parallel52 is a non-profit organization with an ideal of collaboration between the sustainable building sector in Canada and The Netherlands. This online community is created for knowledge exchange and discussion between enthusiasts for sustainability in the built environment. We welcome you to share your knowledge and expertise on this website to the benefit of sustainable development in both countries.


Canada Conference Radboud University Nijmegen

  • Posted on: 20 January 2017
  • By: Jesper Menting

On June 15 and 16, 2017, the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, organises a two-day conference entitled “The World Needs More Canada”? Changes and Challenges in Contemporary Canadian Culture and Society"

What Canada could learn from a Dutch self-build housing movement

  • Posted on: 28 August 2016
  • By: Jesper Menting

Very interesting article on the Dutch self-build housing movement, taking Almere's Oosterwold as an example. Leah McLaren gives a description on how the self-build movement created opportunities for acquiring affordable private property for middle- and low incomes. Could this philosophy offer solutions for current housing crisis in other Western countries like Canada, the US and Britain?

CaGBC 2016 in Toronto

  • Posted on: 12 June 2016
  • By: Diederik Beutener

The Dutch delegation (largest from Europe in fact) visit to CaGBC 2016 in Toronto was a success.  The companies ANDRS, Verosol, Jaga, Priva and Reppel had their respresentatives at the pavilion. Also Parallel 52 was represented by Anke van Hal, one of the initiators.  Overall, the exhibition, next to the conference was a good way to interact with the 1500 attendees: city planners, architects, local government agencies and companies.  During the week Parallel 52 organized a virtual meeting at CISCO offices (Toronto, Amsterdam) in which greening of exisiting offices was the topic.

Architect Paul de Ruiter visits Toronto

  • Posted on: 1 June 2016
  • By: Diederik Beutener

Dutch architect Paul de Ruiter, one of the most inspiring green architects in The Netherlands, is a keynote speaker during the CaGBC-conference Building Lasting Change 2016 in Toronto, June 6 till 8. He will speak about the CO2-neutral society in the morning of June 7.

Canada 150 Environmental Design Competition 2017

  • Posted on: 29 May 2016
  • By: Jesper Menting

Challenge your design students by entering the Canada 150 Environmental Design Competition 2017. College and university students from Canada and abroad are invited to create designs of Canadian local places, natural and built environments on the theme Proud, Strong and Free to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.