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Why Does Edmonton Need Infill Development?

Since the 1950s, following the discovery of oil in the adjacent area of Leduc, Edmonton has experienced a period of spectacular growth. In just over 100 years, Edmonton grew from a small town into a metropolitan region with over 1.2 million residents. A population explosion, a new civic centre, new subdivisions, and new suburbs transformed the city and the surrounding area. Edmonton became a major centre for the petrochemical industry and expanded its traditional role as a government, educational and transportation centre. We are now starting to experience what I would call a hangover from these cycles of extreme growth... Read the Rest →

 

We Are Edmonton

I often hear people comparing Edmonton to other cities, saying they wish we were more like Calgary, Vancouver, Portland, etc. We are not these cities, we are Edmonton. This kind of comparative mindset is what prevents innovation and good design from flourishing within our unique city. If we are always looking at other cities and wishing we were built like them, we will lose sight of finding our own identity and a built form that is uniquely ours. I’ll be honest here, I understand where this mindset comes from. I... Read the Rest →

 

Six Tips on How to Become a Millennial Homeowner

I owned my own home by the age of 20 when I was still a student at the University of Alberta. However, this is something that most 20-year-olds nowadays can’t even imagine. So, I started wondering, what’s the difference between our generations? While there are a variety of factors that have changed since I was 20, the majority of the steps I took to own my own home weren’t a generational advantage. They were evergreen tips and tricks that are still accessible to most people, and it’s my hope that... Read the Rest →

 

The latest from RedBrick

Since the last time I wrote here, RedBrick has continued to grow, both in people power and ambition. It hasn’t been an easy two years, but it has been both exciting and fulfilling. We have faced many challenges with each individual project, overcome those challenges and gained a lot of experience as a result. RedBrick is now poised to start our next phase of projects with a strong team, from a foundation of diverse, completed projects and in a better position than ever before. We are currently focused on our... Read the Rest →

 

Imagine the possibilities: our submission for a new Civic Office Tower

We had already been looking at this site in particular, when the Request For Expressions of Interest came from the City of Edmonton for a new Civic Tower.  We knew that the responses this RFEI would prompt from the development community would be fairly predictable.  This is where we saw an opportunity.  An opportunity to not only throw our hat in the ring and show what our team can do, but also to raise the bar and expectations in the community.  Whether our submission is selected or not, we hope... Read the Rest →

 

Modular – Hype Or Revolution?

Recently Paul and I have been talking extensively about modular construction.  When it was first brought up, the image of modular mobile homes from the 80s and 90s came to mind.  Modular in the past has carried a bit of a stigma for cheap, mobile, cookie cutter housing product.  Today’s modern modular couldn’t be more different. The modular products of today are high end, high quality, efficient, and in many cases uniquely custom designed.  There is a new wave of modular construction hitting the North American market, largely inspired by... Read the Rest →