Collaboratoire Announces Winners in 2nd Design Competition

The results of the competition were unveiled on Wednesday, April 19th 2017, at the Maison du Développement Durable in Montreal. This competition was part of a joint initiative by the Concordia University Chair of Integrated Design, Ecology, and Sustainability for the Built Environment (ideas-be) and the Chaire de recherche sur les concours et les pratiques contemporaines en […]

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Cohousing Workshop

I’m going to be running an introductory workshop on cohousing on April 23, 2017 in Beaconsfield at residence Villa Beaurepaire, at the invitation of a forming community that I’ve been observing for a while now. The community is working towards an option on a very exciting piece of property in Pointe-Claire, which will make for […]

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Presenting “The Architecture of Trust” this week!

This week a number of researchers, both professors and students will be presenting their work across various disciplines, all under the banner of sustainability at the Sustainability Across Disciplines Conference. Topics range from “frightened fish” to the “art of going zero waste” and are being presented via posters, presentations and plenaries (oh my!). Something to […]

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Public Dialogue for Design Exercise

On Saturday March 4th, a group of first year Concordia students in the Design program, will participate in a public engagement activity. It’s going to be something of a simple “show and tell and listen.” Students will be sharing their very preliminary designs that are aimed to eventually become submissions to the “More than waiting […]

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Collaboratoire announces it’s next design competition

Today the latest design competition organized by Collaboratoire was announced. This pre-announcement allows teams to form before the release of the full competition brief on the 16th. This competition, which is directed at students and young creative professionals is an opportunity to re-imagine particular public spaces as well as the principles that could be used […]

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Canadian Cohousing Research Project Continues

With many thanks to the Sam and Diana Scalia Sustainable Real Estate and Built Environment Program as well as the School of Graduate studies at Concordia University and the INDI travel grant, I will be able to continue my research and travels to interview members of various Canadian cohousing communities this semester. I look forward to analyzing all the […]

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A very brief introduction to cohousing

My research into design for positive ecological behavior change has followed a rather circuitous path these last few years. Given my interest in how groups of people behave together, I’ve moved away from object design towards processes that can help to share knowledge and that can create new understandings. That is, my brief flirtation with […]

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Canadian Cohousing Research Project

    After years of thinking and working on sustainable and collaborative design I’ve finally been able to carve out real time to visit with completed Canadian cohousing communities and interview members about their lived experience in these innovative development projects. I’m particularly interested in the process of co-design – not just of the physical […]

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Collaboratoire Announces winners!

    On Monday, June 27 I presided over my first design competition jury. We spent over four hours together carefully deliberating the outcome of our first (of many!) design competitions. To view the winning projects, check out: http://www.ideas-be.ca/competition-submissions.html To see all 26 projects submitted to the competition, or to read the editorial on the jury selection, […]

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