A collection of media articles and tweets highlighting 1) the dangers of sun glare while driving, 2) the issue of shadowing due to urban development, and 3) fun sun facts. They are public interest stories compiled and shared to educate and raise awareness. Sources, credits and links are provided for articles and images, and it is my belief that this blog complies with the fair dealing exception in Canada's Copyright Act. However, if you wish your item removed, simply ask.
left-turn collision > Hoboken driver blames 'blinding sun' for striking
HOBOKEN -- A Hoboken teenager received minor injuries
yesterday when she was struck by car as she was crossing Willow Avenue at 13th
Street, police reports said.
Police and EMS were called to 13th and Willow Avenue where
they met the 16-year-old pedestrian who said she was crossing Willow
Avenue inside the crosswalk from west to east with her younger brother,
when a turning car struck her, reports said. The victim said the driver
was talking on a phone, reports said.
The 20-year-old Hoboken driver, who was making a left turn from the westbound
lane of 13th Street to head south on Willow Avenue, blamed "blinding
sun," for the accident, reports said...
say sun’s glare may have been a factor in fatal Edmonton truck-train crash
EDMONTON - Police say the victim of a fatal
collision Monday morning did not brake before his truck drove into the path of
a train at a crossing in the Girard Industrial area of southeast Edmonton...
…The accident happened just before 8 a.m. at
a train crossing at 71st Street and Girard Road. The man, who police say was
around 60, had been heading south on 71st Street when his truck was hit by the
The extremely bright sun and glare are being
investigated as potential factors in the crash…
high-rise to go up in downtown Winnipeg but details are still under wraps
new highrise structure is in the works for downtown Winnipeg but most of the
details are still under wraps.
Jawad Rathore, president and CEO of Fortress Real Development, said more
details will be released soon but he's not yet prepared to say what the
building will look like or even where it will be located…
…There have been reports from bloggers and other media that it will be the
city's tallest building, surpassing those at Portage and Main — 34-storey
Richardson Building which reaches 124.1 metres (407 feet), and the skyscraper
at 201 Portage (formerly the TD Tower) at 128 metres (420 feet)…
Surreal Photos of Hong Kong's Aging Towers Aren't Doctored
HONG KONG -German photographer
Michael Wolf captures the aging high-rise culture of Hong Kong, which has more
buildings over five hundred feet tall than any other city in the world. The
results are so stunning, you'll swear they're somehow faked…
CALGARY -While the
Calgary new condo apartment market is showing a rebound in sales, the direction
this trend will take through the rest of the year remains a question mark, says
a housing report by Altus Group Economic Consulting.
“In Calgary, we will be watching to see if sales can
continue to increase in the face of rising prices,” says the report.
Sales in highrise residential buildings are leading the
recovery of Calgary’s new condo apartment market, which stalled when the
recession hit, the Housing Report study found…
fear shadow impacts > Frankston residents fear dark days ahead with
buildings approved in the Frankston area threaten to cast shadows over the
beach and cause traffic congestion, residents fear.
Earlier this month, Planning Minister Matthew Guy approved
an eight-storey head office for South East Water despite community groups,
councillors and Frankston MP Geoff Shaw expressing concerns about its location
on public land at Kananook Creek.
Another developer has recently lodged plans to build an
11-storey office tower with shops and residences at Kananook Creek.
Frankston resident Nicole Clarke said the development would
cast a shadow on the creek and possibly the beach and cause traffic congestion.
''This will put houses and the creek in the shade for a
good portion of the morning,'' she said…
Scene: A sneak peek at Tega Homes’ Rhombus Tower in Ottawa
OTTAWA — Marilyn Wilson recently sat down with home builder
and developer Spyro Dimitrakopoulos, president and CEO of Tega Homes. He has
been building luxury homes and condos in Ottawa for over eight years and is
currently working on his first highrise condo project, a development called
Rhombus Tower at 111 Parkdale Ave.
There is absolutely no question that Dimitrakopoulos is a
forward-thinking and inspiring individual whose enthusiasm for his new
rhombus-shaped building is infectious. (A rhombus is a four-sided parallelogram
with no right angle — diamond-shaped for the non-geometrically inclined.) Read
on to learn all about this fabulous, full-service, luxury condominium…
MIAMI - This development has been in the works for some
time, and Zaha Hadid, likely one of the world's most famous up and coming architects
takes a chance here with a stunning design and ground breaking development for
the Biscayne Blvd Hotel and Condo Strip.
Condo Tower in Canada Planned for Yorkville
TORONTO - The Tallest Condo Ever built is planned for
Yorkville, it will be at the site of the Holt Renfrew Department Store on Bloor
Street. It will likely tie into planned retail expansion of the store. Bloor
Street, is among the most expensive retail shopping streets on Earth, right
there and up along with Rodeo Drive, in Los Angeles, Ginza in Toyko, and 5th,
Ave in Manhattan. The Condo tower is planned to be 83 mindblowing floors, and
over 277 meters…
high-rise condo proposed for Honolulu’s Kakaako neighbourhood
HONOLULU - A&B Properties Inc. said Tuesday that its
planned $200 million mixed-use residential high-rise project on the former
CompUSA site in Honolulu’s Kakaako neighborhood will be called “The Collection”
and have more than 460 condominium units…
…The Collection will include a 43-story tower with 400 one-,
two- and three-bedroom units, a four-story mid-rise building with studios and
some one- and two-bedroom units, and 16 two- and three-bedroom townhomes with
office tower in Calgary has made Emporis’ list of most impressive corporate
buildings in world
CALGARY - Calgary’s Bow makes international headquarters
list. Designed by Foster + Partners, the
Bow is the corporate headquarters for EnCana, a Canadian petroleum and gas
producer. The building, which opened last year, stands 50 storeys, or 236 m
(774 ft), and includes a large crescent-shaped steel structure—an eye-catching
feature of its design.
Industry experts from international building data provider,
Emporis, chose structures based on design, aesthetics, and corporate
"Guidelines for High Rise Buildings" have led to nationwide building
slowdown in India
NEW DELHI - Home buyers across the country find themselves
facing escalating project costs and delays in possession because of a
little-known office memorandum that the Ministry of Environment and Forests
suddenly chose to issue on February 7, 2012.
The "Guidelines for High Rise Buildings" link a
building's height to the width of the road on which it is to be located, and
the distance from the nearest fire station.
The guidelines, well-intentioned as they might seem with their
aim of ensuring fire preparedness in new projects, have ended up leading to a
nationwide slowdown in the sector…
of Toronto has Bird Friendly Development Guidelines > Glass buildings pose
threat to birds
MALAYSIA - The fast pace of
development of different designs of high-rise buildings in many parts of the
country reflects Malaysia’s vibrant economy. The advances in glass technology
and production have made it possible for architects and engineers to construct
buildings with all glass curtain walls.
Unfortunately, buildings that are built with a large amount of glass tend to be
a major hazard to birds. Those who have been residing or working in a high-
rise building with glass window panels will vouch for these bird collusion
It's time architects incorporate bird friendliness into their designs…
condos have no business in Whitby: residents
WHITBY - Many residents of the Whitby Shores
area are against a developer's proposal to build two 12-storey towers and one
eight-storey tower at the southwest corner of Gordon Street and Scadding
Avenue, pictured. They believe the development does not fit in with the
existing look of the area…