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EVDS Staff lent a helping hand last Friday, July 23rd, at Habitat for Humanity's ReStore Centre. Habitat for Humanity is an international, non-profit organization with a vision to provide everyone a safe, affordable place to live. Their mission involves mobilizing volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means of breaking the cycle of poverty.

As the construction of green buildings gains momentum around the world, Osama Mansour, a recent PhD graduate in the Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS), poses a question.

What are the perceptions and experiences of the people who actually work in these buildings?

Two highly experienced experts in architecture came to facilitate the week-long workshop, held at the Tsuu T’ina high school. Wanda Dalla Costa, an architect as well as a member of the Saddle Lake First Nation in northern Alberta, has over 20 years of experience working with aboriginal groups and came in to facilitate the workshop from her indigenous architecture firm based in Los Angeles. Her former professor and mentor, Graham Livesey is a professor at the Master of Architecture Program at the University of Calgary.

Chris Roberts, one of the city's leading voices in architecture, has been selected to receive the Faculty of Environmental Design's Distinguished Contribution Award in its inaugural year.

Emerging leaders from across Canada visited the University of Calgary on June 1, bringing together partners from across campus, Alberta Health Services and the Calgary community.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, based in New York City, has awarded a planning grant to the University of Calgary. The Foundation works to strengthen scholarship by supporting university research and promoting the role of libraries and other cultural institutions. Libraries and Cultural Resources will use the funds from the Foundation's Scholarly Communications Program to explore innovative ways for academic libraries to support multidisciplinary research.

Calgary is the host city for the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC)’s prestigious Festival of Architecture. From June 3 through 6, architects, interior designers, interns, students, and associates from across the country will come together in our city to focus on how architects and interior designers can contribute to improving today’s world, the built environment, sustainable urban development, and social commitment.

When humanitarian crises strike, resources are often stretched thin. With an existing refugee housing shortage, the United Nations invites the response of the international design community, seeking ideas for improving temporary refugee shelters. In a unique design-build opportunity for a group of EVDS students, Architecture professor Graham Livesey made refugee shelter design the focus of his Senior Architecture Research Studio.

Architecture professor Branko Kolarevic has been appointed visiting professor at Warsaw University of Technology's Centre for Advanced Studies for his expertise in the application of digital technologies in architecture, engineering and construction.

In the vein of Toronto’s popular “Wild for Bees” project spearheaded by Sustainable.TO, 14 students from EVDS participated in four teams to produce native wild bee habitats to be placed around the University of Calgary campus.

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