New Cohousing Development Breaks Ground in Edmonton

A cohousing project that is almost a decade in the making is finally breaking ground in Old Strathcona. The new twenty-six unit, family-friendly development focuses on community and environmental sustainability. Conceptualized by Urban Green Cohousing members and designed by DIALOG,

New Cohousing Development Breaks Ground in Edmonton

A cohousing project that is almost a decade in the making is finally breaking ground in Old Strathcona. The new twenty-six unit, family-friendly development focuses on community and environmental sustainability. Conceptualized by Urban Green Cohousing members and designed by DIALOG,

Belvedere Transit Centre opens in Edmonton

The new Belvedere Transit Centre opened to transit riders this month in Edmonton! The new building and surrounding plaza replaces a 35-year old existing centre, giving Edmonton transit users a safe, comfortable place to wait for their bus. Located right

Happy 1st Anniversary to the Royal Alberta Museum!

It’s been one year since the Royal Alberta Museum has been open in its new Downtown Edmonton location! Since opening their new home, RAM has welcomed 400,000 visitors, making countless connections between visitors and the stories of Alberta. DIALOG is incredibly

Yorath House – a hidden gem restored in Edmonton’s river valley

A West Coast Modern hidden gem in Edmonton’s river valley has been restored and repurposed by DIALOG, and for the first time in its history, the house is now open to the public! A grand opening was hosted at Yorath

DIALOG rowing teams celebrate at the 2019 Row for Kids Regatta

After a great day of racing Olympic class rowing shells at the 14th annual Row For Kids Regatta, DIALOG’s two rowing teams claimed a gold and silver medal! For a fourth straight year, DIALOG’s Edmonton team won the Oar of Honour

Spec Start DIALOG Scholarship

This Fall, we’re launching a new scholarship. The Spec Start DIALOG Scholarship has been created to increase awareness and understanding of the specifications role in the design industry and to foster the new generation of specifiers. The scholarship is open to Canadian

Exchange Residence at UBC Opens to Students

Exchange Residence at the University of British Columbia is now fully occupied. The final contingent of students moved into the new 290,000 sq ft residence building at UBC’s Vancouver campus over the Labour Day long weekend, joining other students who

A New Way to Think About Transit

Written by DIALOG Communications Specialist John O’Brien and originally published on August 26, 2019 in Urban Mobility Forum. AT FIRST GLANCE, Edmonton’s new Valley Line LRT will look much like any of the dozens of light rail transit lines that snake

DIALOG Youth Architecture Camp – The Inaugural Year

Two things are not happening in Edmonton that put us at a disadvantage when designing our city. First, there’s very little—if any—exposure to architecture as a career for youth in grade school. Second, Edmonton lacks a post secondary institution with

One of TIME’s Top 100 is a DIALOG project!

Calgary’s New Central Library has been named  one of the world’s greatest 100 places for 2019 by TIME Magazine. The library was designed by Snøhetta and DIALOG acted as Executive Architect, as well  as being responsible for the library’s mechanical, landscape

The Retail Renaissance: Connection, Wellbeing, and Convenience

By Susan Carter, DIALOG Principal in Calgary, Alberta Have you ever considered the link between the retail in your life and your quality of life? In today’s society, the human needs of Connection, Wellbeing, and Convenience will be the driving

Designing the Future: Priorities in Technology Investment

Written by DIALOG’s Director of Technology, Roberta Kowalishin, and originally published July 2019 in Design Intelligence Quarterly. Our clients hire us for creativity and ideas that improve the way people work, live, and interact. Design decisions affect every component of

The Shipyards: one of the best public spaces in British Columbia

This past weekend, the City of North Vancouver unveiled the final piece of The Shipyards, completing its vision for a world-class waterfront destination. Thousands of people flocked to the Foot of Lonsdale to join the celebration and witness Mayor Linda

DIALOG Project Wins Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge

DIALOG’s 2150 Keith Drive office building project in Vancouver was recently selected as one of 11 winners of a juried competition that promotes the design and construction of energy-efficient buildings in BC. The project will receive approximately $150,000 in construction

DIALOGers share their dream design destinations

Earlier this month we shared a list of DIALOG designed attractions our readers could visit this summer. Well, it got us thinking… our team takes vacations too; where would they want to go? So, we asked them and we got

The Amazing Race Canada visits our favourite Edmonton projects

Last night’s episode of The Amazing Race Canada landed in Edmonton and raced through the city from one DIALOG project to the next. Kicking off the episode from the Walterdale Bridge, host Jon Montgomery recapped the race standings as competitors began

Preparing the next leaders – five lessons learned from reimagining a golf course

DIALOG’s Craig Applegath is featured in this week’s Globe and Mail Leadership Lab. Five lessons learned from reimagining a golf course examines the thinking behind this past year’s DIALOG Design Residency in Honour of Tom Sutherland. Click here for the

Granville Island turns 40!

Today, we’re celebrating Granville Island‘s 40th anniversary! Can you believe it’s been that long?! In honor of this special occasion, we’re digging into our archives and sharing some of our favorite images from the past. Enjoy!   Granville Island before

Two big reasons to think differently about Sidewalk Toronto

Alphabet-owned Sidewalk Labs (known as ‘Sidewalk Toronto’ in Toronto) has released their draft Master Innovation and Development Plan (MIDP), Toronto Tomorrow: A New Approach for Inclusive Growth. This plan is a product of 18 months of input from more than

International Architecture Awards recognizes two DIALOG projects

Two DIALOG projects are in great company among the winners of this year’s International Architecture Awards! The only Canadian project that was awarded this year is the Edmonton Funicular, which is recognized in the Bridges and Infrastructure category. Crosstown Concourse,

Canadian summer attractions designed for learning and exploring

Summer holiday season is in full swing. Whether you’re hitting the road for an annual family road trip, or you’re looking for a local attraction to check out on the weekend, we have some recommendations to share. No surprise, all

Arbutus Corridor – the story of a renegade intervention

Decades before paved roadways criss-crossed British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, a network of local rail lines was used to transport goods and people across the region. One of those lines was a route that ran from Vancouver in the north to

Seven Calls to Action from FCM 2019

In June, DIALOG presented The Walrus Talks Wellbeing at FCM 2019. If you’ve not heard of it, FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) is a large conference that brings together municipal mayors, councillors and city staff from regions across Canada. It’s

DIALOG to attend SCUP 2019 – connect with the delegates

DIALOG delegates from our studios across Canada and the US are attending the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)’s annual conference in Seattle from July 14 to 16. They’re interested in meeting with other conference attendees, and discussing important issues

Largest building-integrated photovoltaic glass installation in Canada at Edmonton Convention Centre

The City of Edmonton, which owns the Edmonton Convention Centre, has announced a $10.8 million atrium modernization project that includes the replacement of the venue’s 35-year-old skylight units with photovoltaic (solar cell) glass units. The project will begin this month