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Sustainable Architecture
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 2007
Sustainability is taking root at the forefront of architects' design philosophies. The Currents, a ten-storey residential tower and new home to the Great Canadian Theatre Company, is a green development from the partnership of Peter Busby and Windmill Developments in…
Kidd Pivot
Part of the Series: Freedom
Crystal Pite is the one-woman dynamo behind Vancouver-based dance company, Kidd Pivot. She has taken the art of dance into the realm of theatre with dramatic and comedic twists and turns. A very accomplished dancer in her own right, Crystal…
Sasha Ivanochko
Part of the Series: Freedom
Sasha Ivanochko landed in dance after successfully representing Canada on the international stage in gymnastics. In a recent Globe and Mail article celebrating the "Top 133 Young Canadians" of the new millennium, she was described as "one of the powerhouses…
Post-Modernism
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 1998
An eclectic assortment without formal rules, post modernism allows for a look backward while taking a giant step forward. Designers return to some traditional elements that were thrown out by modernists, but they inject individuality and even humour into their…
Arts & Crafts
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 1998
We look at the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and the imprint he left on residential architecture in North America. We consider why he is one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, and visit one of the…
Modernism
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 1998
This program takes apart the broad term "modern". We review the origins of modern styles that strip away artifice and take residential architecture in a new direction of flat roofs, straight lines and walls of glass. From the first designs…
House And Garden
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 2007
The garden is resurging as an essential component to making a home complete. The Grey Walls in East Lothian Scotland, by architect Edward Luytens and gardens by Gertrude Jeckle, is a traditional garden house transformed into a luxury hotel. Architect…
Art Deco / Art Moderne
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 1998
Art Deco and Moderne originated in Europe and were marked by stylized ornamental detailing. We will visit homes that stand as works of art, featuring mosaics, detailed metalworks magnificent stained glass. Only a few homes in Canada including Ottawa's French…
Environmental Architecture
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 2004
Many architects the world over have concerns about our environment. A look at homes built with the latest environment-friendly technologies. #1. Naturno Italy is built of natural, local materials and provides a healthy lifestyle. #2. Innova House in Kanata, Ontario…
Rubberbandance
Part of the Series: Freedom
This innovative company is the brainchild of choreographer/dancer Victor Quijada, who has successfully melded his love of hip hop with classical ballet to create a dance form that is as much at home on the street as it is on…
Architects Retreats
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 2007
How do architects go about creating a retreat for themselves? With a combination of knowledge and years of experience that results in a home worth retreating to. An exclusive look at three architects' ideas of perfect serenity. Sweet Pond, Architect…
High Density Living
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 2007
Architects are drawing people back to city centres by creating high-density residential space on previously industrial land. Architect James Cheng's Denia combines apartment living with town-homes, retail and green space to create a community for its residents in downtown Vancouver.…
Victorian Era
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 1998
The last half of the nineteenth century was rich in decorative architectural styles, originating in Britain. We trace the roots of the Queen Anne, Italianate and Gothic Revival styles in Britain and visit a historic home built during the time…
Castles
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 1999
The Romanesque Revival style had its origins in the old castles of France and Scotland. In this program, we discover a stunning example of the style in Scotland, and visit the magnificent Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, B.C. A modern-day castle…
Minimal To The Max
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 2004
A look at several minimalist designs executed with extraordinary results. #1. John Patkau's award-winning Barnes residence in Nanaimo, British Columbia. #2. Spanish Architect Carlos Ferrater's modern minimalist gem in Madrid. #3. Architect Ignacio Vicens award-winning minimalist geometric design in Madrid.…
Home Office
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 2004
A look at the challenge of creating both a commercial and a residential space, combined in one. #1. Architect Peter Romaniuk's London renovation above his wife's florist shop. #2. Architect Murray Croteau's alley home in downtown Toronto. #3. This 'cortijo'…
Artfully Crafted
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 2004
An inspired look at the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements. #1. Architect Steve Carruther's historic renovation in Calgary, Alberta. #2. An original Arts & Crafts home from Hampstead, England. #3. Paterson House is one of Ottawa's finest old…
The Cottage Industry
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 1999
Alvin Toffler was right. The "third wave" is upon us and cottage industries have sprung up all over. We first travel to the wool towns of West Yorkshire, England where cottage industries began. Then we'll find out how today's architects…
Victorian Mansions in Canada
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 1998
The Industrialization of the Victorian era provided opportunities for entrepreneurs to become very wealthy. We look at the mansions of number of Canadian millionaires from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In them we see how the eclecticism and…
French Colonial
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 1998
The first settlers in the New France brought with them the ways of building from their homeland in Normandy and Brittany. This program visits an historic home in Normandy, built as the explorers set sail for the New World, then…