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  1. Silence&Motion

    Calgary | The Giordano | 18m | 5s | Brava Developments | Casola Koppe

    "I am shocked and appalled that, after building a house that towers over my neighbours and allows me to look into their back yards, someone would dare build something even taller that lets other people look into my yard!! I'm also not crazy about all of these people "loitering" around my house...
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    Calgary | Curtis Block | 119m | 37s | ONE Properties | Arquitectonica

    Great pictures, but it just occurred to me that that bridge in the last picture is so utilitarian it really detracts from what is otherwise a great urban vista. I wish we would would have invested in something nicer for the stampede grounds, which are visited by 100s of 1000s of tourists every...
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    Calgary & Alberta Economy

    Studies like this one are freaking me out: "In this study of a cohort of German patients recently recovered from COVID-19 infection, CMR revealed cardiac involvement in 78 patients (78%) and ongoing myocardial inflammation in 60 patients (60%), independent of preexisting conditions, severity and...
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    Calgary & Alberta Economy

    Three things that keep me up at night (in addition to the well being of my children and close family members): 1. That COVID infections are going to produce widespread, life-long chronic illness such as heart and lung disease that will significantly reduce people's quality of life and life...
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    Calgary | Mantra | ?m | 4s

    I'm quite disappointed with this one. It looks cheap. I cannot get over how development in this city uses such tacky materials. Compare the finished product to the rendering and see how many corners were cut. Look at how the central gap in the fake wood middle section is cut so irregularly to...
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    Calgary | Harrison | 20m | 5s | Sarina Homes

    So excited for this one. I was disappointed that COCO didn't include retail, but it looks like this one will. 33 AVE east of 19 ST is slowly starting to transition into a main street.
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    Calgary | Beacon | ?m | 2s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    Looks fantastic. I'm expecting to see Don Draper types hanging out in front.
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    Alberta has made $240.000 billion contribution to equalization..If..

    Imagine trying to weather this pandemic and associated economic depression as an independent, landlocked nation of only 4.5 million people with more than a quarter of our GDP tied up in a single industry with an extremely uncertain future. Complete foolishness. No wonder all the Wexit people are...
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    Alberta has made $240.000 billion contribution to equalization..If..

    Why do my taxes go to fund schools and healthcare for poor people who pay far less taxes than I do? What if I was allowed to keep all my money? Think of all of the things that I could do with it.
  10. Silence&Motion

    Calgary | Irvine | 23.47m | 6s | Torode | NORR

    It's such a shame that the materials are so crappy. I was going through Inglewood last week and the overall massing of the building really completes this intersection. It's nice to have a relatively narrow intersection hugged by three mid-rise buildings. I'd say, despite its huge weaknesses...
  11. Silence&Motion

    RNDSQR Block | 45m | 12s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    I'm sympathetic to the idea that approving this building might make historic buildings in Inglewood more vulnerable to demolition. However, I am definitely confused by the idea that tall buildings are incompatible with historical neighbourhoods. The skyscraper was invited 135 years ago! Which...
  12. Silence&Motion

    RNDSQR Block | 45m | 12s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    Spolumbo's building is evidence that Beaux-Arts architecture is something that you actually needed to be trained in. You can't just stick a cornice on top of a brick wall and call it pretty. This is why so many faux-historical buildings look so ugly. The "architects" who design them have no...
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    Globe and Mail: Alberta COVID-19 testing system overwhelmed as infections spike This is very troubling. As long as cases are rising, it means the R value is greater than one. If the R value is greater than one, it means that things will quickly get out of hand if we just maintain the status...
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    RNDSQR Block | 45m | 12s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    @CBBarnett: couldn't agree more! Spolumbo's is definitely an example of one of those buildings that checks off all the right boxes on paper, in terms of respect for heritage, but in practice ends up looking like something that would fit better into a suburban strip mall than a historic main...
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    Calgary Bike Lanes and Bike Paths

    What do they actually count as "paved pathway"? Large sections of the Greenway are just the sidewalks of suburban arterial roads (particularly on the east side). Hard to compare biking down the side of 52 St SE with biking through a forested river valley.
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    RNDSQR Block | 45m | 12s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    Not necessarily arguing against a 20m height restrict, but for the record Leslieville has at least one 12-storey building and several in the range of 8-12 storeys. There are also a handful of mid-century highrise apartment blocks just on the outskirts of the neighbourhood. My thoughts on RNDSQR...
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    Calgary | Irvine | 23.47m | 6s | Torode | NORR

    It's an improvement over what was there, but it's a huge missed opportunity. It will be a real shame if nice buildings the RNDSQR get blocked and Inglewood fills up with crap. Imagine how these buildings will look in 10-20 years when their cheap siding starts warping and peeling off. Best case...
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    Calgary & Alberta Economy

    I'm not an economist, but my sense is that in the midst of severe economic uncertainty, those people who have excess savings would prefer to invest it in government bonds (as opposed to the stock market). Those government bonds pay for spending programs designed to keep the economy on life...
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    Calgary & Alberta Economy

    They should change their name to "Suburban Barn".
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    Urban Development and Proposals Discussion

    From the Crowchild Bridge, from Sunalta School, from Shaganappi. It will also be a constant presence on in the river view from the north side as well. If we build crap along our beautiful river, our beautiful river will start to look like crap. I know it's a difficult property and there's not...