What Robert Venturi Taught Me

On Tuesday, September 18, 2018, the world of architecture mourned the passing of the, “father of postmodernism”, Robert Venturi at the age of 93. Robert Venturi graduated from Princeton University in 1947 and again in 1950 with a Masters of Fine Art degree. Along with being an architect, he was a noted writer, teacher, artist …

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Resilience

On Friday, September 21, 2018, the nation’s capital was hit with six tornadoes. The hardest hit areas were Gatineau and the west end of Ottawa including Dunrobin. After this natural disaster, I believe that people will take tornado warnings far more seriously than in the past. I hope too that people will prepare emergency kits …

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Thank You DCA

Let me start off by saying that this is my first blog and I am nervous to share this. I thought about talking about my position at DCA and what life is like returning from my maternity leave, but I want to talk about something a little more personal. Let’s get real. Being a mother …

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Coolest Job in Parliament: Dominion Sculptor

In Layman’s Terms (A Non-Architect’s Point of View) The Dominion Sculptor is not an elected position, it’s an appointment, but it may be the coolest job on Parliament Hill. I came across R. Eleanor Milne, Dominion Sculptor from 1962 to 1993 while doing some surfing on the Parliament of Canada website. What I found amazed …

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The Future of Malls

I remember being in high school and meeting friends at the Rideau Centre after school. When I lived in British Columbia it was the same. We’d usually hang out after school taking our time to get home. The mall was the hang out place of choice at the time. My son is sixteen years old …

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Transit as a tourist

In Layman’s Terms (A Non-Architect’s Point of View) Once I went on a vacation with a friend who did not travel much and as we approached the entrance to the subway she voiced her fears: she had heard subways were dangerous, filthy and violent. I realized in that moment that my 10 year-old was more …

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Life after graduation

Having just recently graduated from Carleton University and being awarded my diploma in Urbanism, my first feeling was relief. Relief from the extreme stresses because of critiques, long sleepless nights and from the hunchback position in front of a laptop. After sleeping in, stretching out and eating a few good meals, I felt strengthened and …

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