Category Archives for "Architecture"

Aug 14

One day we will have to decide

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Design , Real Estate , Urban Economics

Do we build cities for cars or people? I vote for people. Here’s what a woonerf (livable) road really looks like: Here’s a fabulous makeover of a roadway for pedestrians and bikes. In Stockholm? No. Berlin? No. LA? Nope. In Moscow, https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-08-10/moscow-s-makeover-swaps-soviet-grit-for-urban-sparkle And how about an inexpensive makeover of a main street as a flower […]

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May 26

Why Not Make it Nine?

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Investing , Sports & Entertainment , Urban Economics

[Here’s an article I wrote in 2009 for a local Ottawa newspaper that is worthwhile re-reading today amidst talk of the Sens possibly packing up and heading to greener pastures (possibly Quebec City) due to attendance woes in the 2016/17 regular season and playoffs as well as subsequent years. I think a better idea would […]

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Jan 06

Approval of Coach Houses Opens the Way to Better Urban Design

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Green for Real , Ideas , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

(This article first appeared in OBJ,  https://obj.ca/article/opinion-coach-houses-open-door-better-urban-planning-ottawa.) As OBJ readers may already know, the city of Ottawa recently changed its bylaws to permit construction of coach houses on many existing residential lots. This is part of a worldwide effort to densify and intensify existing urban areas to make them more interesting, more diverse, and more […]

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Nov 09

Equity Lord

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Investing , PB4L , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

[This article originally appeared on Spirepoint.ca] The number of mega wealthy people on this planet (a class that includes billionaires and millionaires, the latter, however, must have a net worth greater than $30 million USD to be included) is a tiny percentage of overall population—just 0.004% of adults qualify according to Wealth-X. This group controls […]

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Nov 22

10 Principles of Conservation Subdivision Design

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Design , Ideas , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sales & Marketing , Urban Economics

old subdivision design v new conservation subdivision design When conservation subdivision design principles were first introduced, developers thought their properties would be devalued and sales would take longer. It turned out, however, buyers would pay more to live in a village that made preservation of natural areas a feature even if it meant smaller lots […]

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