April 2023


In our April issue

Our April issue looks at multi-unit residential housing across Canada. We begin our survey in Toronto, the fastest-growing city in the developed world. The needed strategies for accommodating this growing populace are the subject of a recent exhibition at the Daniels School of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, and a student-organized symposium at Toronto Metropolitan University.

On the east coast, Brian MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple and FBM recently unveiled Queen’s Marque, a mixed-use development that includes high-end apartments; luxury condos also feature in BIG and DIALOG’s sinuous Telus Sky in downtown Calgary. In Vancouver, the Hollywood Theatre and Residences by MA+HG Architects demonstrates how a new residential development can help facilitate the restoration of a community landmark.

But affordable accommodations are also vital to the health of our cities. Exploring how design can contribute to the rental market, we visit Montreal’s Link Apartments by ACDF, designed with student tenants in mind. Architects are also increasingly bringing their skills to assist the unhoused, as seen in the Maison de Lauberivière in Quebec City by Lafond Côté Architectes.

Our book reviews section delves further into design for people experiencing homelessness, and also includes a look at a book of photographs by architect and philanthropist Phyllis Lambert, a memoir by Moshe Safdie, a monograph on D’Arcy Jones Architects, and a book on video game environments.

Finally, Brian MacKay-Lyons pays homage to educator and former Dalhousie School of Architecture Dean Essy Baniassad, who passed away this winter.

Elsa Lam, editor