Category Archives for "Architecture"

Nov 20

The Pit

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

The Pit If you want your building interiors to be highly animated and increase collisionable hours, you could do (a lot) worse than copy the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism’s “pit” on the main floor of their building on Carleton University’s campus… What’s it used for? -speeches -parties -presentations -charettes -teaching -gatherings -random meetings/collisions -concerts […]

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Nov 20

Parking Nazis

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Real Estate , Urban Economics

Years ago when I was teaching at Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism (a 14-year sentence), I was on campus walking to my office one beautiful early-fall day when I saw dozens of vans parked along a main road. From these behemoths, hundreds of excited freshmen and their parents scurried across the road […]

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Oct 10

How to complete Ottawa’s next phase LRT or any major project on time

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Real Estate , Urban Economics

Every year since I can remember MTO (ministry of transportation for Ontario) has been doing work somewhere along the Queensway–highways 417 and 174. You’ve heard the joke before: There are only two seasons in Ottawa–winter and construction. It’s one of the prices we’ve paid for not embracing light rail a lot earlier than we did […]

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