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Leadership and Empathy at METAFOR: The Foundations of Culture and Human-Centric Design

The art of leadership is an ever-evolving practice, requiring continuous learning, resilience, and vulnerability. Central to this is empathy – an innate ability to understand the human experience. At METAFOR, this philosophy extends into our design methodology and culture, emphasizing a human-focused approach. This belief not only underpins effective leadership but also enriches our design philosophy. Leadership is dynamic. First, …

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Compassion in Hospice and Palliative Care: The Role of Designers in End-of-life Care

Throughout my life, I have had a very front facing and personal relationship with individuals who, for a variety of reasons, were coming to the end of their lives and preparing for their final moments. Working in seniors’ homes and volunteering in end-of-life care from an early age painted a picture for me of what it is to live, to …

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Making Dollars and Sense: Sustainability Focused Strategies in Addressing Canada’s Housing Crisis

Bridlewood Affordable Housing, Calgary, ABLaunched in March 2023, Canada’s Housing Accelerator Fund is a $4B initiative managed by the Federal Government and is set to run until 2026-27. Joining the ranks of growing cities such as London, Vaughn, Hamilton, Brampton, and Halifax, western cities such as Kelowna (announced late October) Calgary (announced November 14) and anticipated for Edmonton (according to …

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Where Art Meets Architecture – Part 1: Purpose

A 3-part series exploring the intersection of craft, material, and innovationLight pours in through the pyramid-shaped skylight, the wood beams casting sharp shadow lines across the concrete walls and floor. The striped pattern transforms the triangular space into an abstract image, resembling a Frank Stella painting. Descending the entry stairs, memories of the space flood back and I am transported …

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Emerging Trends in Sustainable Design

We have never before had a time when keeping a pulse on evolving trends in building sustainability has ever been so important.Sustainable design is no longer an option but a necessity to support and achieve Canada’s GHG reduction goals and lessen the effects of climate change. We are eagerly anticipating the Royal Architects Institute of Canada (RAIC) to issue a …