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  •  1 hour

    Learning Objectives: -Explain the characteristics of various grout types, including their composition and related ANSI standards -Compare the positives and negatives of grout types in terms of their performance and maintenance requirements -Explain the features and benefits of pre-mixed, flexible urethane grout and the factors involved in its use, and -Discuss the important criteria for selecting the proper type of grout for your project


  •  1 hour

    Learning Objectives: -Identify various types of hybrid formulations -Specifications -Green aspect of hybrid products -Advantages versus silicones and polyurethanes


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  •  1 hour

    This course is designed to help the architect or designer better understand the benefits and special considerations for and of using Hybrid and other composite materials in construction.


  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of the required design elements of an accessible, ADA compliant locker or personal storage area, with a focus on ease of use, style, lock management, and applicable 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design


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  •  3 hour

    This inaugural legacy project will be facilitated by local architect, Ian Niamath, and artist and engineer, John Hofman. The intention is to record highlights of Nanaimo’s built form by quick sketching open to all delegates, and to the public, on a uniform set of papers, in whatever medium you wish! Check in at the Festival of Architecture 2016 Info Desk in the Diana Krall Plaza on Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 pm to get your official event sketch papers and get your sketch on! Bring your favourite pencils or paints to maximize your enjoyment observing and jotting down your impressions of the downtown Nanaimo’s cityscapes and their occupants. Your submitted sketches will be stored in the Nanaimo Archives, and may one day be on display as we compare and contrast, and reflect upon local sights that inevitably change with time.


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  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of the critical properties that require consideration when specifying Underslab vapor barriers and moisture/gas barriers, as well as discussions on the basic installation guidelines to help insure a successful installation.


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  •  3 hour

    "Pre-registration for sites required for festival delegates only: Due to the logistics of this activity, there will be a maximum of 300 participants, and a limited number of registrations at each of the six sites throughout downtown Nanaimo. Site registration is required at time of registration. Please visit the Charrette page for more information on each of the sites to determine which you would like to help inform. Please note: Participants will receive bagged lunches, delivered to Diana Krall Plaza by noon. "


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  •  1 hour

    This course is a combined educational presentation about resinous terrazzo and seamless flooring. Resinous terrazzo seamless flooring industries are mature and rapidly growing markets. Today’s architects/designers are increasingly incorporating both of these materials, terrazzo and seamless, in combination to assist in budget and schedule of today’s building projects.


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  •  1 hour

    PVC is one of the most diverse products in the building industry and one of the most misunderstood. This presentation will help to better understand why PVC is one of the most versatile and modifiable thermoplastics. With all the different formulations, types, reinforcements and construction, knowledge of this product type will assist the specifier in creating better specifications.


  •  1 hour

    Implications of Aboriginal Title on Canadian Governance: How our approaches will need to change


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  •  1 hour


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  •  2 hour

    "With the role of architecture expanding into the realm of social and environmental responsibility, architecture today is the responsibility not only of architects but also of other custodians of our community. All must work together to make architecture that will withstand the test of time. Speakers will address the political, social and cultural factors that influence successful implementation of design ideas and the creation of meaningful architecture that connects with its community. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and take part in the discussion."


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  •  3 hour

    "Dialogue. “People freely and creatively exploring issues, listening deeply to each other and suspending their own views in search of the truth. People in dialogue have access to a larger pool of knowledge than any one person enjoys. The primary purpose is to enlarge ideas, not to diminish them. It’s not about winning acceptance of a viewpoint, but exploring every option and agreeing to do what is right.” In this Plenary Dialogue, our panel will explore “Architectural Connexions” that shapes the places where we live and work while responding to social and cultural heritage and the environment. Big cities were once small. Small towns sometimes grow larger. History can be a wonderful teacher. The successes and failures of our cities can provide foundations for creative and new ideas that explore ways to initiate responsible and livable communities. The audience will have the opportunity to participate in the dialogue which will generate ideas for the following day’s charrette."


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  •  6 hour

    "The Comox Valley has a dynamic and exciting history ranging from 80 million year old marine reptiles and earth shaping glaciers to bustling turn of the century coal mines and pioneer farming and logging. The Comox Valley, and it’s towns of Courtenay and Comox, are located an easy drive, just over an hour north of Nanaimo. More information on the history of the Comox Valley is available at discovercomoxvalley.com Architectural Highlights of this tour include completed works: Vancouver Island University – Deep Bay Marine Field Station – 2011 SAB Award Winner Architect: McFarland Marceau Architects Native Sons Hall – Built in 1929, Vernacular architecture Comox First Nations Administration Building – Build 2015, First Nations architecture Filberg House – built in 1960 Architect: Arthur Erickson Filberg Lodge – built in 1930’s, Vernacular architecture & landscape SELECTION OF THIS TOUR IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE REGISTRATION PROCESS"


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  •  6 hour

    Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is located 1.5 hours south of Nanaimo, and internationally renowned as the “City of Gardens”, for it’s some 1500 hanging baskets that adorn lampposts through the city each summer. Victoria is home to Francis Rattenbury’s Neo-Baroque Parliament Building’s and The Fairmont Empress Hotel, a National Historic Site of Canada. More information on Victoria is available at tourismvictoria.com Architectural Highlights of this tour include completed works en-route to Victoria: Brentwood College Architect: Merrick Architecture & Christine Lintott Architects View Royal Fire Hall & Public Safety Building Architect: HCMA Reliable Controls Annex – CaGBC LEED-Platinum Certified Architect: D’Ambrosio architecture + urbanism Architectural Highlights of this tour include completed works in Victoria: Dockside Green, Phase 1 – CaGBC LEED-Platinum Certified Architect: D’Ambrosio architecture + urbanism The Atrium Building – RAIC/CaGBC National Award of Excellence for Green Architecture, LEED Gold Certified Architect: D’Ambrosio architecture + urbanism Selkirk Waterfront Development & Master Plan – including CaGBC LEED Gold Certified and CaGBC LEED Gold Certification pending buildings Architect: Urban Design Cooperative/ deHoog D’Ambrosio Rowe Architects; D’Ambrosio architecture + urbanism Additional Highlights, both tourism and historic are: Parliament Buildings Architect: Francis Rattenbury The Fairmont Empress Hotel Architect: Francis Rattenbury CPR Steamship Terminal Architect: Francis Rattenbury Craigdarroch Castle Architect: H.H. Richardson PLEASE NOTE: Due to the number of sites on this tour, some sites will be seen from the exterior only or viewed from the coach. SELECTION OF THIS TOUR IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE REGISTRATION PROCESS


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  •  3 hour

    Take a short bus-ride to experience several significant architectural projects in Nanaimo. Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Emergency Ward Innovation inspired a highly functional facility with extraordinary indoor environmental quality. Each of the five patient care zones has a landscaped courtyard, bringing calm, and life-world connection to a typically high-stress environment. Operable glazed walls in the psychiatric emergency and intensive care lounges fold open to courtyard gardens. A three-phase thermal labyrinth, exterior automatic solar shading and natural and displacement ventilation combine to achieve the lowest energy use of a hospital in BC. Vancouver Island Regional Library Nanaimo North Branch Architect: Low Hammond Rowe Architects Inc. Uplands Walk Social Housing Architect: Low Hammond Rowe Architects Inc. Project Green Rock After stopping at the Buzz Coffee shop, one can walk around several commercial/ industrial buildings in proximity with shared bioswales that have public signage about the details. Buildings include: TD Canada Trust Bank, Country Grocer, McDonalds, The Buzz Coffee House, Moksha Yoga Studio, Green Rock Liquor Store, McGregor Thompson, Arbutus Distillery, bioswales, (all nearby!) SELECTION OF THIS TOUR IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE REGISTRATION PROCESS


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  •  3 hour

    "This tour takes delegates south of Nanaimo to Ladysmith and Chemainus. Ladysmith, a small but growing community of approximately 8,300, is nestled on the eastern shores of Vancouver Island. Ladysmith is a charming West Coast town, enriched by the history of the original inhabitants of the area, the Stz’uminus First Nation. Residents place a very high value on preserving Ladysmith’s heritage, and the town is taking measures to enshrine those values in development-related plans, policies, and guidelines. More information on Ladysmith’s history and heritage is available here, and an inventory of its significant buildings on its Heritage Register is available here. Chemainus, further south of Ladysmith, is Vancouver Island’s arts town, nestled between the mountains and ocean. Chemainus is famous for over 40 large wall murals and 13 sculptures depicting its rich history. Architectural Highlights of this tour include completed works: Ladysmith Spirit Square Architect: Franc D’Ambrosio Ladysmith Amphitheatre at Transfer Beach Architect: Michelle Cloghesy, Landscape Architect / Concept Design: AYPQ Architecture Chemainus Valley Museum & Visitor Centre Architect: AYPQ Architecture SELECTION OF THIS TOUR IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE REGISTRATION PROCESS"


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  •  1.50 hour

    This walking tour will give delegates the opportunity to familiarize themselves with their charrette sites and environments and to start generating ideas before participating in the charrette on Friday morning.  Register for the location you would like to provide ideas for, and get outside to explore it during this walking tour. (Each tour may view up to three sites, within close walking proximity.)


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  •  1.50 hour

    This walking tour will give delegates the opportunity to familiarize themselves with their charrette sites and environments and to start generating ideas before participating in the charrette on Friday morning.  Register for the location you would like to provide ideas for, and get outside to explore it during this walking tour. (Each tour may view up to three sites, within close walking proximity.)


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  •  1.50 hour

    The beauty of Primitive Architecture has often been dismissed as accidental.  This architecture has always been, throughout different locations and times, an extension to it’s environment, a natural and ecological connection, creating a symbiosis shelter between Man and Nature.  The wisdom to be derived from them goes beyond economic and esthetic consideration; Vernacular Architecture does not go through fashion cycles. It is nearly immutable, indeed, unimprovable since it serves its purpose to perfection.  This lecture will aim to restore this architecture as an untapped resource of inspiration for industrial man trapped in his chaotic cities; an analysis of vernacular architecture from around the globe, along with projects I’ve built that uses this specific knowledge, turning in in an ultra-contemporary legacy.


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  •  1.50 hour

    Despite hosting a third of all dwelling units in Canada, modest-cost, multi-family housing projects are rarely the recipients of Canadian national and provincial architectural awards. This session will explore the reasons why, and consider changes to improve our understanding of the importance of design in everyday life. Architects have a social duty with each building. Design quality and innovation in a ubiquitous building type is clearly under-represented in our consideration of quality in architecture. In addition to a critical analysis of architecture awards programmes, the session will illustrate design strategies for the improvement of modest-cost, mixed-use, multi-family housing in Canada. Could changing how we approach architecture awards induce a design revolution in Canada’s multi-unit housing?


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  •  1 hour

    "Acre Architects is developing a practice of Storied Architecture in Atlantic Canada. The Acre frames its work within a global context with a commitment to local commissions that emphasize building a sense of place and identity through a willful and inspired process of storied architecture. Making its base camp in the province of New Brunswick where there are only 11 Architects under the age of 40, Acre Architects celebrates the unique nature of this architectural landscape. It engages opportunities that lie outside of larger city centres, where there is an impetus to rise above the increasing challenges commonly found on the fringe. By not taking the conventional order of things as a given, the Acre is finding a way to meaningfully create a space for architecture to contribute to the identity of Atlantic Canada and to engage the communities that house their projects. At the heart of the practice is the desire to help their clients live great stories and for those stories to create our history."


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  •  1.50 hour

    In recent years, the field of building performance analyses, including energy modeling and simulation, has made big leaps forward concerning information that can be made available to architects early in the design process and can be used to inform schematic and conceptual design. However, often architects are not yet well connected to this resource and lack access to the information that might be desirable. In this session, we will discuss an example where we successfully used energy simulations, natural ventilation simulations, and thermal comfort assessments to inform program and form of a tall residential tower.


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  •  1.50 hour

    Tibetan Culture in Exile: Reflections on Architecture and Identity


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  •  1.50 hour

    In 2008, John Ralston Saul described Canada as a "Métis civilization" whose values and attributes are deeply linked to our aboriginal heritage and the cultural negotiation between our First Nations and European ancestry.  If Saul's provocation is considered in relation to discussions surrounding our national architectural identity, the first question might be - if we are a Métis "nation," what is Métis architecture?  How does this relate to the actual Métis Nation and architects such as Douglas Cardinal, Étienne Gaboury, and Alfred Waugh who are often described as Métis?  Transcending futile searches for a "Métis style", this session will consider a potentially distinct Canadian approach to material and ideological hybridity throughout the design process while recognizing the complexity of using the term Métis in this context.


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