november, 2019

21nov7:00 pm9:00 pmCanadian Architecture and the Climate CrisisHalifax Central Library

Event Details

The construction and operation of buildings accounts for 39% of global carbon emissions – more than industry and almost double the transportation sector. Some keys to building more sustainably may be found in Canada. Back in the 70s, Canada pioneered the prototype “Passive House” in Saskatchewan – a home with no furnace that captured energy from occupant activities and the sun for heating – as well as the PEI Ark, a self-sufficient home including solar heat, a wind turbine, and a large greenhouse with indoor fish ponds for food.

Today, architects are figuring out how to build net-zero energy and net-zero carbon buildings. The world’s largest near-zero energy community centre is set to open in Surrey BC, and architects across the country are vying to build ever taller highrises out of carbon-capturing wood, instead of steel and concrete. Some architects are moving beyond technology to embrace community-engaged design and build approaches, including food and energy cooperatives.

This event will include presentation of research from the new book Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the present (Princeton Architectural Press, release date October 28, 2019), and a discussion with panelists Peter Busby, Elsa Lam, and Steven Mannell, moderated by Mary Lynk of Ideas (CBC Radio).

This event is also part of the fall lecture series for Dalhousie University’s College of Sustainability.


Peter Busby, Perkins and Will, Vancouver

Elsa Lam, Canadian Architect magazine, Toronto ON

Mary Lynk, Ideas, CBC Radio

Steven Mannell, College of Sustainability, Dalhousie University

Co-hosted with Canadian Architect, Halifax Public Library, Dalhousie University School of Architecture, Nova Scotia Association of Architects, and CAGBC Atlantic. Copies of Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the present will be available for purchase at the event.



Registration is requested here. This event is free, with first-come, first-served general admission. Please note that registration does not guarantee a seat at the event.


(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Halifax Central Library

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