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#21 Nparker

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Posted 01 September 2016 - 08:03 PM

...The first 12 floors of the building will be constructed using traditional concrete and steel methods with balconies and the concrete facade aligned with the levels of the adjacent Evergreen Building designed by the late Arthur Erickson. The proponents have also contracted Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, the original landscape architect for the Evergreen Building, to mirror the landscaping work on the proposed building.

 

http://dailyhive.com...u-ban-vancouver

I believe the site is where the blue-ish low rise currently sits.

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#22 amor de cosmos

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Posted 05 September 2016 - 05:53 PM

the one at ubc has topped out
http://www.archdaily...ut-in-vancouver

here's a rendering of the shigeru ban building

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#23 amor de cosmos

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Posted 19 September 2016 - 08:21 AM

timelapse of the one at ubc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHtdnY_gnmE

#24 Nparker

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Posted 19 September 2016 - 08:37 AM

2 things:
 

  • how does this compare in cost to traditional poured concrete construction?
  • do tall wood timber projects need to be this ugly (i.e. boxy, un-ornamented etc.) or was this simply a result of this being student housing at a university?


#25 Bingo

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Posted 19 September 2016 - 10:29 AM

how does this compare in cost to traditional poured concrete construction?

 

 

Won't know until they have to deal with carpenter ants and mold in the walls.


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Posted 20 September 2016 - 10:11 AM

wan coverage
http://www.worldarch...-vancouver.html

#27 amor de cosmos

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Posted 21 September 2016 - 09:03 AM

here's more from canadian architect, more about the engineering & construction angle. fast & epp were the engineers on this building, they're the same ones who worked on the roof of the richmond olympic oval & many other terrific buildings. the article says there are pagodas in china & japan built 1400 years ago that are 19 stories, and they clearly haven't molded.
https://www.canadian...ons/1003735301/

they've also got this drone vid on vimeo which shows the last piece of the floor being put in place
https://vimeo.com/183240508

& i don't get the issue with the boxiness. that's a classic archetype, if you can call it that.
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#28 Nparker

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Posted 21 September 2016 - 09:21 AM

...i don't get the issue with the boxiness. that's a classic archetype, if you can call it that.

Then you must love View Towers.



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Posted 21 September 2016 - 09:48 AM

the article says there are pagodas in china & japan built 1400 years ago that are 19 stories, and they clearly haven't molded.
 

 

True, that..but, many are run by religious orders, and thus will have been inspected and kept up with a bit more diligence than governments tend to give to our infrastructure (JSB, anyone..)


Say, what's that mountain goat doing up here in the mist?

#30 amor de cosmos

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Posted 21 September 2016 - 09:50 AM

Then you must love View Towers.


whether view towers, pruitt-igoe, robin hood gardens, people try to blame the designers or the building for whatever social problems are connected to them but i don't really get it. i think it would be cool to have something like these here

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#31 amor de cosmos

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 09:26 AM

pretty cool

http://www.archdaily...ctured-building

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G22kYhaT-h4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABQHbNwvU_s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fmuj4XeHsbo

#32 Nparker

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 10:14 AM

I know I come off as a broken record saying this, but aside from the actual construction technique, how is the finished product much different than View Towers? This form is fine as one-off student housing, but I sure wouldn't want to see many of these pop up in the urban landscape, unless more innovative shapes are possible.



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Posted 21 September 2017 - 11:01 AM

I know I come off as a broken record saying this, but aside from the actual construction technique, how is the finished product much different than View Towers? This form is fine as one-off student housing, but I sure wouldn't want to see many of these pop up in the urban landscape, unless more innovative shapes are possible.

 

The form might be the same, but the treatments and context are what make Brock Commons more attractive in comparison.

 

View is monotone, Brock has bold vertical lines. Both have repetitive window placement, but Brock appears broken into smaller components by the black stripes. View looks like a wall.

 

Brock is also located in a "towers in a park" setting, so it is one of several tall buildings (I believe the three Gage Towers beside it are 19 storeys). The landscaping at Brock and large retained trees make the experience from the ground much more pleasant than at View. View is the only building of its size, so it dominates.


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#34 Nparker

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 11:20 AM

Perhaps in its context, Brock Commons makes sense, and I'll admit it is more aesthetically pleasing than VT (but then again a pile of rubble would be nicer to look at than VT...especially if that rubble were composed of a demolished VT), but the general form and massing seem so dated.

 

Now this is the kind of wood-hybrid highrise I can endorse.

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 11:35 AM

^ I agree, that addition is a much more attractive building than Brock Commons. Brock is forgettable architecturally. Just goes to show that a new and exciting building material or technique can still produce a fairly "meh" result.


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#36 Nparker

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 11:43 AM

Wouldn't something a little like Terrace House look awesome on the Yates-on-Yates site? Perhaps Townline can use this as their inspiration for Hudson Place 2.


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Posted 21 September 2017 - 01:23 PM

^ I was thinking the Northern Junk site.



#38 Nparker

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 01:38 PM

^ I was thinking the Northern Junk site.

How impressive would a 6-storey version of Terrace House be though? There sure isn't ever going to be anything taller than that approved for the NJ site. Remember the fate of the James Bay pyramid proposal?



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Posted 05 February 2018 - 07:53 PM

Time is of the essence for the University of B.C. in its search for a new clock system.

 

Turns out there are several time pieces on campus that are nearly a century old.

 

It also turns out that the 1,800 clocks scattered across the 100 or so building on the Point Grey campus are run on five different systems.

 

One of those systems is so out of date the manufacturer will not support it any more.

 

And so, the university is asking for ideas on how to replace all five systems on campus.

 

 

http://theprovince.c...a3-ec764df0827f

 

1800 clocks eh?   And their fix might be $200k...

 

Throw up some atomic clocks.  

 

https://www.amazon.c...L70_&dpSrc=srch

 

Bang, I got it done for under $100k.  You never have to re-set them after power interruption.


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#40 rambaldi

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 07:59 PM

  • do tall wood timber projects need to be this ugly (i.e. boxy, un-ornamented etc.) or was this simply a result of this being student housing at a university?

 

 

"To take Canada from hewers of wood to fabricators of high-tech tall timber buildings –that’s the promise of a new building proposed by Toronto’s George Brown College."

 

https://www.theglobe...-architectural/



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