Category Archives: Urban Planning

Architecture + Design Film Festival

Winnipeg design fanatics have something new to look forward to next week. Winnipeg’s first Architecture + Design Film Festival will run April 18 -21, with films showing at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Cinematheque.

This inaugural festival will present critically acclaimed films that focus on the importance of architecture and design in everyday life. Many of the films will address art, architecture and urban planning. The Architecture + Design Film Festival is being presented by Storefront MBUrban Idea and Cinematheque with support from the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

The line-up includes Urbanized and Helvetica (dir. Gary Hustwit), Koolhaas Houselife (dirs. Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine), How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?(dirs. Carlos Carcas and Norberto Lopez Aamado), How to Make a Book With Steidl (dirs. Gereon Wetzel and Jorg Adolph), My Playground (dir. Kaspar Astrup Schroeder), Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman (dir. Eric Bricker) and Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner (dir. Murray Grigor).

Tickets for Urbanized, showing Wednesday, April 18, can be purchased in advance at the Winnipeg Arts Council (103-110 Princess Street) and McNally Robinson Booksellers (Grant Park Shopping Centre), or at the door. All other tickets can be purchased at Cinematheque (100 Arthur Street) at the time of the screening.


Thanks to Jared at UMFM for the tip.

Of course the suburbs are growing..

Recent news about the suburbs being a hotspot of growth activity are exaggerated.. somewhat.

New reporting of the 2011 Census data is showing a good part of Canada’s population growth over the past five years occurred in the suburbs, and car-driving Conservatives are freaking out in joy. They say this supports their cry that highways should get priority over mass transit.

However that belief is misleading and perhaps delusional.

I could not put it better than Frances Bula has here:


First, what people don’t seem to get is that the central city is never going to grow quite as fast because, guess what people — it’s already filled up with buildings.

Saying that the suburbs are growing is like saying people in their 20s and 30s have more kids than people in their 40s and 50s.


Well said. Then Bula continues with a thought I would not have thought of initially:


But there’s also another error people make locally, which is not factoring in the existing area of a municipality when looking at its growth.


It’s perfectly fine that some people are patting themselves on the back for living in the suburbs, some are quite better than the inner city, but believing that the suburbs should take priority is a recipe for failure.


A Swedish-American company called Plantagon unveiled plans for a series of massive skyscraper greenhouses that stood to transform urban farming in large cities. Read more here.

Inside the massive glass walls, vegetables will be grown in pots and then transitioned to trays positioned around a giant central helix. The plants grow as the trays slowly migrate down the central core and are ready to be harvested once they reach the bottom. Plant residue and manure will be collected along the way and transformed into biogas to run the heating and cooling systems of the greenhouse. Scientists want the vertical farm to not only grow food but also help in developing sustainable solutions for energy, heat, waste, and water issues of daily city life.