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Inspiration

The world is our inspiration. We observe it and inject it into our designs. We are always creatively curious, questioning the designs around us.


Laneway Design

Laneway Design

Most cities in North America have vast networks of back alleys or laneways that are often underused, uninviting places only there for utilitarian purposes. Toronto is no exception. With land scarcity becoming more of an issue every year, it is time to start reclaiming these…

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Innovation in Materials: Canopies and Digital Fabrication

Innovation in Materials: Canopies and Digital Fabrication

Historically, materials and building methods have reflected the geographical characteristics of different places, giving a sense of belonging to the communities that inhabit them. Unfortunately, since the advent of the reinforced concrete era, material choices and building techniques have been narrowed down to metal, concrete,…

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Child-Friendly Design

Child-Friendly Design

“Cities that meet the needs of children will not only create more resilient children, they will help to create more resilient cities.” Last week, the City of Toronto became engulfed once again in a discussion regarding the increasing danger found in its streets. And anytime cars,…

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Innovation in Materials: Screens

Innovation in Materials: Screens

Screens and walls are some the most useful and attractive elements that make up buildings, as well as open space. They perform multiple functions such as privacy, visual interest, and most importantly, protection from the weather. Today we shine a light on Spain and Mexico,…

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Trees

Trees

I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray; A tree that may…

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Ancient traditions become contemporary trends

Ancient traditions become contemporary trends

If you find yourself in sun-drenched southern Spain you will undoubtedly be captivated by the centuries of artistry that surround you and continually inspire generations of artists and designers. I was lucky enough to experience exceptional examples of tile and pattern work from artisans and…

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Land Art Design visits Acorus Restoration and St. Williams Nursery

Land Art Design visits Acorus Restoration and St. Williams Nursery

The team at Land Art Design spent a day visiting two native plant nurseries by Lake Erie. Our gracious and informative hosts were Catherine from Acorus Restoration and David from St. Williams Nursery & Ecology Centre. We were really compelled by their passion and enthusiasm…

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Adaptive renovation of existing apartment buildings

Adaptive renovation of existing apartment buildings

Glass-walled amenity spaces were inserted into the ground floors of existing apartment building surrounding a central court. These spaces not only activate the entire apartment complex, but also provide additional “eyes on the street” and make the buildings much more friendly and accessible. This is…

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