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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Lola Dance
Part of the Series: Freedom
Lola Maclaughlin's namesake company is Vancouver-based and celebrated across North America. Lola's attention to detail and research comes from an academic mindset that forms the basis for all of her work. In fact, Lola's search for her life's path took…
Site-Specific Architecture
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 2007
Designing a site-specific home requires a lot of artistry on behalf of the architect. Architect Brad Lamoureux's Residence II is a contemporary home perfectly fitted to its steep West Vancouver location. Architect Richard Horden's private residence in Poole Harbor, England…
Innovative Renovations
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 2007
It can be quite a tricky balancing act for architects to achieve a fresh design that is compatible with a building's original form. We look inside of three unusual renovations. Montreal architect Henri Cleinge has made a former wine storage…
The Gothic Revival
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 1999
This revival style of architecture with its characteristic pointed arch first appeared in Canada in the 1820's. It continued well into the 20th century and was one of the longest lived architectural styles in Canada. We discover three very different…
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.…
Rethinking the Apartment
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 2007
With new innovative designs, including 2-storey units, the reinvented high-rise is changing the face of cities. The Glassworks, by architect Barry J. Hobin, is a loft-style condominium containing 31 units in a prime Ottawa location. MVRDV designed the Silodam, which…
International Style
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 1998
In the latter part of this century, steel, re-inforced concrete and glass were used to create designs that turned their backs on historical traditions and developed a new aesthetic. The style's basic building block is a square or rectangular module,…