Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Sun Glare While Driving - December 2012

The following relate to the dangers of sun glare while driving and traffic safety in general.  They were derived from our twitter feed (http://twitter.com/SunPosition or @SunPosition).

Glare from the sun caused a motorist to hit a flagman working a construction site
NISKAYUNA, NY - The glare from the sun caused a motorist to hit a flagman working a construction site on Rosendale Road not far from Route 7 on Thursday afternoon, according to Police Chief John Lubrant.  "The intense glare from the sunlight when you turn to proceed up the hill is a contributing factor," said Lubrant.
The driver, whose name was not released, will not face any charges, said Lubrant…

Read more:  http://bit.ly/UulbpE

Rash of crashes involving pedestrians has cities taking action
VANCOUVER, BC - A rash of pedestrian fatalities and injuries in the past week has Metro Vancouver municipalities searching for ways to improve safety. Some may look to a Surrey pilot program in which video cameras were installed at crosswalks. Vancouver, which already has countdown lights at its top 10 accident locations, is considering raised crosswalks, corner bulges and enhanced street lighting to protect pedestrians…

Read more:  http://bit.ly/11QYgdf

Sun was low and in line with tracks > Veterans sue railroad over fatal crash in Texas
LUBBOCK, TX - Two Army veterans and their wives on Wednesday sued the railroad company whose train hit a truck carrying veterans and their spouses during a parade in Texas.
Four veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan were killed and 16 more people were injured in the Nov. 15 collision. They had been riding on a flatbed truck in the parade organized to honor wounded veterans for their military service and were in the process of crossing the tracks when the crash happened. Officials have said the truck entered the crossing after the warning signals began sounding…

Cheers, Ralph

Sun/Shade & Urban Development - December 2012

The following relate to urban development and urban design in general, specific projects, and sun/shade issues.  They were derived from our twitter feed (http://twitter.com/SunPosition or @SunPosition).

First high-rise in 40 years planned for downtown Berkeley

BERKELEY, CA - A Los Angeles real estate group submitted an application Thursday to build Berkeley’s first high-rise in 40 years — a 17-story luxury apartment complex on Harold Way that connects to the historic Hinks Department Store on Shattuck Avenue.
HSR Berkeley Investments wants to spend as much as $200 million to construct a 180-foot tall tower with 355 residences next to the property that now houses the Shattuck Cinemas and various offices…
Read more:  http://bit.ly/TMsVDW

Royal B.C. Museum plans major expansion, high rise

VICTORIA, BC - The Royal British Columbia Museum, just two blocks east of the MV Coho ferry dock, expects to unveil a new master plan by next September and finish a major redevelopment of its 6.6-acre property in time for Canada's sesquicentennial in 2017...
Read more:  http://bit.ly/R1UavD

Simple zoning change could improve quality of life > Seeking a village feel for a high-rise cluster in North Toronto

TORONTO, ON - On a stretch of Kipling Avenue between Finch and Steeles there are 19 postwar apartment buildings on the east side of the street forming a superblock of concrete towers.
“If each tower has 1,000 people, just on average, that’s 19,000 people,” says Pritvanti Patel, who lives in one of the high-rises. “But none of them has a medical clinic.”
That’s because these apartment neighbourhoods are zoned only for residential use – almost all commercial activity is prohibited on-site.
This spring, city council will consider the first step toward changing this scenario, with the introduction of a new zoning category: the residential apartment commercial (RAC) zone. Endorsed by the city’s planning and growth management committee in October, it would allow for small-scale retail and community services in these neighbourhoods…
Read more:  http://bit.ly/UPLVio

Highrise slammed, North Delta doesn't want to be Burnaby

DELTA, BC - That's what Delta council heard Tuesday night as residents packed into a public hearing at Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre to speak their piece about a 37-storey apartment tower proposed to be built near Scott Road.
If approved, the building would be by far the tallest in North Delta. 
The 1.5-acre site could accommodate two towers, but the developer opted for only one because two would limit views and cast a broader shadow…

Read more:  http://bit.ly/Si3pcC

Toronto leads western world in highrise construction

TORONTO, ON - Toronto is the leader of the western world when it comes to building highrises, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

There are 15 tall buildings under construction in the city – tall meaning 150 metres or higher – which is more than any other city in the western hemisphere.

Toronto is projected to have 44 buildings taller than 150 meters by 2015, up from 13 in 2005, the Chicago-based council said, and the trend toward high buildings is Canada-wide…
Read more:  http://bit.ly/ShV6O0

Proposed 37-storey highrise would be tallest building in Delta BC

DELTA, BC - Delta council recently gave preliminary approval to a proposed 37-storey high-rise by Marshall Mountain Homes Ltd., which would be constructed in North Delta at 1194180th Ave., near Scott Road.
Immediately south of the Delta Shoppers Mall, the mixed-use building would have commercial space on the bottom and up to 359 residential units above.
A year ago, council approved a five-storey mixed-use residential/commercial development for the site. Since then, there have been a number of changes, most notably the significant increase in building height…
Read more:  http://bit.ly/11QX35P

46 storeys > Marshall Hung gets OK to build $200M high-rise on former Honolulu Advertiser office site

HONOLULU, HI - Hawaii developer Marshall Hung won approval Wednesday from a state agency to build a $200 million high-rise affordable condominium on the site of the former Honolulu Advertiser building.
All 635 units in the 46-story tower proposed for the 801 South St. project will be designated work-force housing and will be priced from $250,000 to $550,000, according to a statement from Hung’s Downtown Capital LLC.
Construction on the project will begin in mid-2013, pending approval of permits for the project, whose team includes general contractor Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co., architects Kazu Yato AIA & Associates Inc. and the real estate brokerage Marcus & Associates Inc.
The developer has plans for a second, 400-unit high-rise building adjacent to the first tower if sales and demand are strong…
Read more:  http://bit.ly/VxNyrE

690 Pohukaina proposed as Honolulu's highest highrise
Builder gets another shot at Kanata highrise proposal

OTTAWA, ON - Morley Hoppner Group proposed a nine-storey, 120-unit residential building at 2 The Parkway, near Teron Rd., in Kanata.
The plan has received heavy criticism from the surrounding community. City planners say it's more like a 10-storey building with an amenity area on the roof. The density exceeds other sites in the Beaverbrook area, staff say.
The developer now has a proposal for a seven-storey building…
Read more:  http://bit.ly/SDChmu

Cheers, Ralph

Miscellaneous “Sun & Shadow” Items - December 2012

The following are miscellaneous sun, shade, solar and solar energy facts and comments.  They were derived from our twitter feed (http://twitter.com/SunPosition or @SunPosition).

Sunset in Toronto for the next 8 days of Hanukkah is at 4:41 pm…
For other cities see:  http://bit.ly/puJ3Fr

Toronto sunset gets later again beginning Dec 9.  Bottoms out at 4:41 pm…
Read more:  http://bit.ly/LQmQjg

Cheers, Ralph

Miscellaneous Tweets - December 2012

The following are miscellaneous comments and news stories.  They were derived from our twitter feed (http://twitter.com/SunPosition or @SunPosition).

@Cmdr_Hadfield when does your New Year begin? Midnight UT or midnight in the time zone you are above?

Happy New Year from Barrie.  RT @Cmdr_Hadfield: Barrie, ON in snow - how it looked from ISS, today, 30 Dec at 12:40. http://bit.ly/TWzFTs

Cheers, Ralph