In brief (November 01, 2003)

AAA endorses Alberta government loans. A program called “ME! first!” set up by the provincial government in Alberta, which offers $100 million in interest-free loans to municipalities in order to help their operations become more efficient is being enthusiastically endorsed by the Alberta Association of Architects (AAA). Particularly, the AAA’s president, David Down, views the program as a way to create consciousness around designing better buildings in Alberta. The program’s encouragement of green architectural initiatives will help reduce the current estimated 24% of the province’s greenhouse gas emissions from buildings and other structures.

Toronto Waterfront Revitalization in gear. Toronto’s East Bayfront has been implemented into the waterfront revitalization’s precinct planning processes with the first of three public and stakeholder consultation fora, recently hosted by the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation (TWRC). The East Bayfront comprises an area below a rail corridor between Jarvis and Cherry Streets. A number of new urban districts, including West Donlands, are to be created on Toronto’s central waterfront. Koetter Kim and Associates are lead consultants for the East Bayfront plan, while parks and public spaces will be designed by Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg. The team for the East Bayfront also includes GHK International, BA Group, LEA Consulting Ltd. and Sustainable Edge. Two more public meetings take place on December 2 and at the end of January, 2004.