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A better boathouse for Community Rowing

Anmahian Winton Architects design a prefab wood-clad rowing club on the Charles River. In many ways, rowing is an expensive, elitist, anachronistic and almost silly sport; it has a short season, the boats are delicate and costly, and they need to be protected. At Toronto’s Hanlan Boat Club where I …

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What you don't want in a house … and what you do

Martin Holladay describes a pretty good house and it looks pretty familiar. This TreeHugger is a big fan of the Passive House or Passivhaus standard, which puts a hard limit on energy consumption and air leakage. I like it because it is all about reducing demand for energy, rather than …

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The real spin on keeping cool with ceiling fans

Fan mail from some experts who explain how fans make us feel cooler. Before air conditioning became common, fans were often used to keep the air moving, which cools people by evaporating sweat. I thought that was all they did, which is why I have quoted Green Curmudgeon Carl Seville, …

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Yummy wooden waffles installed at Canada's National Arts Centre

Diamond Schmitt Architects warms up the joint Back on Våffeldagen (Swedish Waffle Day) we showed a rendering of the new waffle ceiling being built at the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa. It’s now complete; I should probably be waiting until the American National Waffle Day on August 25 to …

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