Public Spaces


Design Quarterly

New public plaza completed in downtown Vancouver

A permanent, public plaza is now open in downtown Vancouver at 800 Robson Street, the culmination of Arthur Erickson’s vision for the area.

REMI Network

Hamilton deploys waste bins for safe needle disposal

Hamilton is placing disposal containers for sharps waste in select locations around the city to help reduce the number of improperly discarded needles.

Construction Business

Construction of Vancouver Robson plaza begins

Construction has begun in downtown Vancouver to transform 800 Robson Street into a permanent, public plaza. Robson Square is closed until spring 2020.

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

New AODA updates underscore maintenance

With 2017 underway, Ontario-based companies must now enact specific AODA requirements to ensure accessibility for employees and customers.

Building Strategies & Sustainability

Student proposals tackle infrastructure needs

Planning students competing in the Cities of Tomorrow Showcase and Student Ideas Competition, proposed solutions to municipal issues such as infrastructure.
Ryerson Image Centre

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Diamond Schmitt wins two CODAworx awards

Diamond Schmitt Architects has received two awards of merit from CODAworx for combining commissioned art and architecture in a public space.
Toronto park

Canadian Property Management

Privately owned public spaces in Toronto

As density increases in cities and land for new parks becomes scarce, areas including Toronto are now looking to privately owned public spaces.
Westmount Corporate Campus

Design Quarterly

The importance of balancing outdoor lighting

Lighting designers working with public spaces face heightened regulatory and public scrutiny, and consequently must take many factors into consideration.
Anita Wiklem


Condo lobby face-lift

What can be done to update a condo lobby? Wiklém Design's creative director and founding partner, Anita Wiklém, provides her design expertise.

Canadian Property Management

Barriers abound in existing built environment

Voluntary action will continue to be the predominant dismantler of barriers in Ontario’s built environment and landscapes ...

Canadian Property Management

Legislation gets to the heart of health and safety

Manitoba is the first Canadian province to mandate automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in specific facilities.

Construction Business

Complex wood design

The stunning new visitor centre at VanDusen Botanical Gardens has set a new benchmark for sustainable design and conservation.

Design Quarterly

More than just books

The new Surrey City Centre Library is not only a striking architectural landmark; it serves as a civic anchor for the city’s changing downtown core.