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.


Dutch jury member in Ontario student competition

  • Posted on: 1 April 2016
  • By: Jesper Menting

Fanshawe College in London Ontario organized a Renew the Environment urban design competition for College and University students in Ontario. The goal of the competition was to improve the Western Fair District in London in a social, environmental and profitable way. Two specialists not related to London were invited to be part of the jury; Professor Michael von Hausen from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver (author of the book Dynamic Urban Design) and Dutch sustainable building professor Anke van Hal.

International Wood Day 2015

  • Posted on: 1 April 2016
  • By: Jesper Menting

The international Wood Day  2015 in Castellum Hoge Woerd in De Meern was a great succes with 180 participants and both national and international speakers.

As previous editions this event on November 26 themed 'Vooruitgangspunt hout' had a structure of plenary and round table sessions. The speakers inspired participants with among others high-rise timber structures, wood building methods, wood innovations and building earthquake-proof with wood.

Project: Under Gardiner, Request for Proposal

  • Posted on: 7 March 2016
  • By: Jesper Menting

The City of Toronto has announced it will use a $25-million donation from two local philanthropists to build a new trail and “cultural spaces” on the unused land under the Gardiner Expressway. The initiative, called “Project: Under Gardiner,” is a partnership between the city and Waterfront Toronto that aims to transform approximately 10 acres of unused land under the expressway into “vibrant community spaces that will play host to a range of cultural programming.” (Source: CTV News Toronto)

Report: Dutch Canadian Trade Mission

  • Posted on: 18 February 2016
  • By: Jesper Menting

The challenges around climate change are evident. There is a need to built resilient, sustainable and above all healthy cities and buildings in order to cope with the effects of climate change. But where do you start and most important how do you convince people that it is necessary to act now rather than later?

Workshop Sustainable Housing and Neighbourhood Transformation

  • Posted on: 10 February 2016
  • By: Jesper Menting

June 5th, Architecture Faculty Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Following the Canada Green Building Council Expo and live video Cisco sessions, Parallel52 in collaboration with the Dutch Consulate in Toronto, Cisco, City of Toronto, Ryerson University and Nyenrode Business University, conveyed a private workshop in June, 2014. This workshop was a reputable finale for the Toronto – Netherlands collaboration over the last months.