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Modernism
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 1998
This program takes apart the broad term "modern". We review the origins of modern styles that strip away artifice and take residential architecture in a new direction of flat roofs, straight lines and walls of glass. From the first designs…
Post-Modernism
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 1998
An eclectic assortment without formal rules, post modernism allows for a look backward while taking a giant step forward. Designers return to some traditional elements that were thrown out by modernists, but they inject individuality and even humour into their…
Art Deco / Art Moderne
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 1998
Art Deco and Moderne originated in Europe and were marked by stylized ornamental detailing. We will visit homes that stand as works of art, featuring mosaics, detailed metalworks magnificent stained glass. Only a few homes in Canada including Ottawa's French…
Kidd Pivot
Part of the Series: Freedom
Crystal Pite is the one-woman dynamo behind Vancouver-based dance company, Kidd Pivot. She has taken the art of dance into the realm of theatre with dramatic and comedic twists and turns. A very accomplished dancer in her own right, Crystal…
Arts & Crafts
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 1998
We look at the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and the imprint he left on residential architecture in North America. We consider why he is one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, and visit one of the…
Sustainable Architecture
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 2007
Sustainability is taking root at the forefront of architects' design philosophies. The Currents, a ten-storey residential tower and new home to the Great Canadian Theatre Company, is a green development from the partnership of Peter Busby and Windmill Developments in…
Influence Of The Water
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 2004
An unique look at a new wave in living: the houseboat and homes that resemble a boat. #1. Architect Fred Bassetti's boathouse, close to where "Sleepless in Seattle" was filmed. #2. A look at a spectrum of boathouse designs at…
Sasha Ivanochko
Part of the Series: Freedom
Sasha Ivanochko landed in dance after successfully representing Canada on the international stage in gymnastics. In a recent Globe and Mail article celebrating the "Top 133 Young Canadians" of the new millennium, she was described as "one of the powerhouses…
Kokoro
Part of the Series: Freedom
Partners Jay Hirabayashi, and Barbara Bourget have spent twenty-five years building a company whose works mesmerize audiences. Based on the Japanese performance art of Bhuto, Kokoro has succeeded in blending Asian esthetic and western sensibilities with incredible results.
Artfully Crafted
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 2004
An inspired look at the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements. #1. Architect Steve Carruther's historic renovation in Calgary, Alberta. #2. An original Arts & Crafts home from Hampstead, England. #3. Paterson House is one of Ottawa's finest old…
Victorian Era
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 1998
The last half of the nineteenth century was rich in decorative architectural styles, originating in Britain. We trace the roots of the Queen Anne, Italianate and Gothic Revival styles in Britain and visit a historic home built during the time…
Architects Retreats
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 2007
How do architects go about creating a retreat for themselves? With a combination of knowledge and years of experience that results in a home worth retreating to. An exclusive look at three architects' ideas of perfect serenity. Sweet Pond, Architect…
An Ocean View
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 2004
A look at the concerns when designing a home with an ocean view. #1. Architect Brian Hemingway designed this Vancouver home as a pathway to the water. #2. David Miller's magnificent home in Chester, Nova Scotia. #3. This Greek weekend…
French Flavour - Acadian To New Orleans
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 2004
French inspired homes in New Orleans and Acadia. #1. Frank Masson takes us on a tour of Creole Cottage in the French Quarter of New Orleans. #2. Architect Ron Blitch's Acadian-inspired home outside New Orleans. #3. An Acadian homestead in…
Seaside Homes
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 2007
In capturing that perfect oceanfront view, architects must skillfully expose the intricate relationship between form and nature in homes literally built on the edge. Torre del Pellicano, which is located in the small seaside town of Argentario, is a converted…
The Gothic Revival
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 1999
This revival style of architecture with its characteristic pointed arch first appeared in Canada in the 1820's. It continued well into the 20th century and was one of the longest lived architectural styles in Canada. We discover three very different…
House And Garden
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 2007
The garden is resurging as an essential component to making a home complete. The Grey Walls in East Lothian Scotland, by architect Edward Luytens and gardens by Gertrude Jeckle, is a traditional garden house transformed into a luxury hotel. Architect…
Teardowns And Infill
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 2007
One way architects are responding to urban sprawl is by recycling prime sites in desirable urban neighborhoods where they either infill a new home or tear down an existing one. Architect John Patkau creatively reused a narrow lot in English…
Respecting Tradition
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 2007
In architecture, respecting traditions can be as challenging as creating something completely original. Croce Di Bibbiano is a historical winery in the heart of Tuscany, which shows the old world charm of one of the most beautiful landscapes in the…
Victorian Mansions in Canada
Part of the Series: Homes by Design - 1998
The Industrialization of the Victorian era provided opportunities for entrepreneurs to become very wealthy. We look at the mansions of number of Canadian millionaires from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In them we see how the eclecticism and…