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Ecodensity- Vancouver

I had lunch with a friend Lianna Sipelis this past weekend. 

Lianna was telling me that the architect firm she works for, Peter Cardew Architects won a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence for their Garden Wall House.

This house follows Mayor Sam Sullivan's "eco-density" policy aimed at increasing the density of existing residential neighbourhoods.

The policy's intent is to reduce the ecological footprint of future housing development and in doing so, lessen low-density suburban sprawl, make better use of existing services and infrastructure, improve housing choices, allow empty nesters to remain in the community in which they have long-established roots, and reduce the pressure to rezone agricultural and industrial lands.

I had previously been at a talk about this plan and will be interested in seeing it in practice. I look forward to seeing this house once it's built. Hopefully there will be an open house.