The architectural role of small towns in urban areas

I recently had a conversation about this with my brother, who is a landscape architect. We're working together on a project right now, and we were looking at a house called "The Millbrook House" trying to figure out if we should set up a visit for inspiration. It almost felt out of place to be … Continue reading The architectural role of small towns in urban areas

A tale of two shores – Harbours [Innisfil & Georgina]

Being half-Swiss, I spent a lot of time in Switzerland, as a military conscript there. I was captivated by the mountains every moment I was there. My Omi (grandmother), a Swiss immigrant to Canada, seems to be similarly emotive towards the large bodies of water we have here. This fascinated me, and has always given … Continue reading A tale of two shores – Harbours [Innisfil & Georgina]

A Tale of Two Shores – Arteries, Highways & Regional Roads [Innisfil vs. Georgina]

One of the easily ignorable differences in the future analysis of the Shores of Lake Simcoe is the differences in urban planning and settlement patterns over the course of the histories of these municipalities. Both municipalities have their historic cores, with a couple of 190X homes densely put together to capitalize on some random enterprise … Continue reading A Tale of Two Shores – Arteries, Highways & Regional Roads [Innisfil vs. Georgina]

A tale of two shores – They’re called “Skilled” trades for a reason. [Innisfil vs. Georgina]

A Tale of Two Shores - Chapter 2 See Chapter 1: How the GO Train may not change the future of Innisfil vs. Georgina¬† The first point of fascination for me in regards to these two municipalities is that they're functionally very similar, and a small detail in their past has made them ever so … Continue reading A tale of two shores – They’re called “Skilled” trades for a reason. [Innisfil vs. Georgina]

How we move: regional migration patterns along provincial highways

Stuck on the Highway It's just a cultural norm in the GTA that you can send a text and just say "stuck on the highway" and you're automatically excused from being late. In the GTA, it seems that housing capital migration is "stuck on the highway", too. I had to spit out my conclusion quickly … Continue reading How we move: regional migration patterns along provincial highways

You settle somewhere so that you don’t have to settle elsewhere.

I remember back when I was a gymbro (I still sort of am, just not fit), I bought a cool shirt that said "never settle" on it. I bought it because I thought it was reflective of the work ethic and motivation I had at the time. I didn't really realize that it was more … Continue reading You settle somewhere so that you don’t have to settle elsewhere.