Canadian architecture firm Dialog (550 FTE, offices in four cities) attended the Dutch wood building event "Houtdag 2016", organized by www.houtblad.nl. Mr. Daria Khachi (wood engineer) and Mr. Craig Applegath (founding principal) of www.Dialogdesign.ca met with Dutch delegates at CaGBC 2016 in Toronto. They decided to look for a Dutch collaboration partner for wood building design.They had a good two day visit, organized by the Embassy of Canada, an active partner of the Parallel 52 network.
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In September, Parallel 52, in close cooperation with the Embassy of Canada in the Hague, organized a session with architect Paul Dowsett. Paul founded www.sustainable.to based in Toronto. He earlier visited the Netherlands as an industry expert to visit greenbuild sector companies. Professor Anke van Hal, co-founder of Parallel 52, opened the session with a great presentation on her first months in Toronto, where she lives. She looked back at the strong Dutch presence at CaGBC 2016.
At CaGBC 2016, several Canadian organizations offered to bring a keynote speaker to the Netherlands to present on (tall) wood building design. The organizations are architecture firm DIALOG and Peter Moonen of Wood Works! DIALOG has an office in Germany. The Embassy of Canada is interested in supporting this visit, if a Dutch event partner can be found.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Travelling to Western Canada was one of my dreams for a very long time. In January 2015 the Dutch Consulate gave me the opportunity to do that in the form of a 6-months internship. This article will tell something about my experiences living and working in Vancouver for half a year. It will be a mixture of both the things I did working for the consulate as well as my travelling experiences in British Columbia.
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?