June 2024


In our June issue

Our June issue focuses on health and wellness.

For our cover story, Adele Weder travelled to Iqaluit’s Inuusirvik Community Wellness Hub, designed by Toronto-based Lateral Office with Winnipeg-based Verne Reimer Architecture. Inspired by Indigenous vernacular structures, the building is packed with services from a daycare, to wellness research centre, to community kitchen.

We also review two medical spaces that were crafted with the wellbeing of both patients and staff in mind. First, David T. Fortin visits Jaliya Fonseka’s Galt Clinic in Cambridge, Ontario; next, Naomi Kriss reports on Stantec’s renovation of Mount Sinai’s emergency department in Toronto.

Recreational facilities are also part of our coverage this month. We tour MJMA’s Churchill Meadows Community Centre and Sports Park, the winner of this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Architecture in Ontario. In Quebec, Odile Hénault reports on the latest phase of the Promenade Samuel-De Champlain, whose design was led by Daoust Lestage Lizotte Stecker. It’s the winner of Quebec’s top architecture award—the Grand Prix d’Excellence.

A trio of book reviews looks at designing for wellness at different scales. Tye Farrow’s Constructing Health looks at the theory and application of salutogenic design—creating buildings that actively promote health. Alan Tate and Marcella Eaton’s Designed Landscapes: 37 Key Projects is a sourcebook of outstanding landscape projects. Zooming out further, Avi Friedman and Alexandra Pollock’s Fundamentals of Planning Cities for Healthy Living looks at urban design’s integral role in shaping public health outcomes.

Rounding out our coverage, Ted Landrum reviews the CCA’s latest documentary film, Where We Grow Older, featuring a pair of progressive visions for senior living. My editorial examines the legislative push in Ontario to accelerate housing approvals, and asks: will it result in more affordable homes?

-Elsa Lam, editor