We are movin' in with Studio Roslyn this fall! Watch for sneak peeks of our shared space as we build it out... can't wait to share our mash-up of design style and sense of humour.
Living in Vancouver can be tough… we absolutely have to share three tips we recently discovered for livin’ on the skinny in this town:
Our Social Fabric is a non-profit Vancouver group that helps divert excess fabric from manufacturers, the movie industry, and more. Watch for their monthly sales to get your sewing groove back on!
Looking for some compost to start a garden of veggies? The City of Vancouver sells compost soil at the Vancouver Landfill in Delta - produced on-site from the yard and garden waste collected from Vancouver homes.
And… Amtrak is a great affordable alternative way to get away for the weekend. Leaves from the Vancouver downtown train station and stops right in heart of Seattle and Portland. Check it out:
We have been following the trajectory of Greta Thunberg from Sweden and the movement across the globe of youth striking for climate. Pictured here, Alexandria Villasenor, 13, sits on a bench every Friday in front of the United Nations, in New York City with her signs, bringing attention to the issue of climate change .
In a world instantly connected through social media, the momentum is growing.
On January 16th, the Vancouver City Council passed a motion declaring a climate emergency. A rally of high school students demanding for climate change solutions gathered outside.
Councilor Boyle noted “I was really inspired to see the students there, and to know that they are acting similarly to students around the globe to get older elected leaders in office to listen to them.”
The follow up report from City Staff was issued April 16 and will continue to be debated by Council on Monday April 29. Such a critical point in history. We are on the edge of our seats.
MOTIV architects is seeking an architectural graduate/ Architectural Technologist/ Intern Architect to assist them in developing a number of interesting projects throughout British Columbia from concept development through construction documentation.
Candidates should have strong autocad, sketchup and adobe creative suite skills, be self-motivated and exude a can-do attitude. Experience with V-Ray and physical model making skills are considered an asset.
Interested candidates should send a sample graphic portfolio to email@example.com.
Qualified candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.
M’akola Housing Society played a big part in #housingcentral, sharing their process and a number of projects. We are very inspired by this mural project on the Hope Centre in Sooke, by artists Natassia Davies, T’Sou-ke Nation, Dahlila Charlie, Beecher Bay First Nation, Nicole Neidhardt, Navajo Nation, Jesse Campbell, Metis.
Titled “Coming Home”, the mural illustrates a shift from some of the disjointed elements of contemporary society to a journey home to culture and heritage.
“Hope Centre is a mixed-used housing, education, training, support and social service/thrift store building designed to provide layers of complementary support to the homeless and homeless-at-risk youth populations of the community of Sooke, with a focus on Aboriginal persons.”
Kudos to all that made these projects happen!
We recently discovered The Friendly Landlord Network through Aunt Leah’s Place programs at the #housingcentral conference. If you have secure self contained accommodation available to rent - you could be part of a stable future for a youth aged out of foster care. Such a powerful way to affect change. Think about it…
This week’s gem from the #housingcentral conference is the Skwachays Lodge and Residence in downtown Vancouver.
“Owned and operated by Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS), the facility provides 24 shelter rate apartments for Indigenous people at risk of homelessness, and two social enterprises. The top three floors contain 18 boutique hotel units. At street level, the Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery showcases Indigenous artistic and cultural work.”
Look for the distinctive rooftop sweat lodge and stop in to check out and support their gallery sometime soon!
We are keen to share some of the projects from the #housingcentral conference this week. Street Symphony is one of those. Listen to their story and be inspired. @VijayGupta
Get your crawl on! Our favourite picks are Concrete by Steven Pollock, Emsay, Eikcam Ceramics, Love Jules Leather Shoe Company, and Murfitt Guitars. What are yours?
MOTIV has teamed with Aspect Engineering, CadMakers and Powers Construction to compete in CANstruction November 3! Watch for our installation “SeeSaw” with 100% of the proceeds going towards the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
Wednesday October 24 to Sunday November 4, 2018
Seeds of Justice, Seeds of Hope, the 15th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival celebrates the creative and committed artists and activists who thrive in the heart of Vancouver. See you there!
The Swallowfield Barn was featured in Home Grown within the Langley Times! Read more about what MOTIV principal Asher and his family have achieved with this amazing structure rooted in their local community!
Did you know that our soil has 3x the capacity to store carbon than our atmosphere?
Two excellent sources on the role of herd animals in the full carbon cycle of soil;
TED talk by Allan Savory on reversing desertification: https://www.ted.com/talks/allan_savory_how_to_green_the_world_s_deserts_and_reverse_climate_change?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare
"A Grass Fed Nation" by Graham Harvey: https://books.google.ca/books/about/Grass_Fed_Nation.html?id=2bYLDAAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false
A reminder for us that all things are interlinked. Check it out!
Asher had a great visit with Daniel at the Southlands Heritage Farm - taking a look at how Windsor House integrates agro-ecology and farm education into their student curriculum.
For more on what a democratic school looks like locally visit: http://windsorhouseschool.org/
We are super inspired by this kindergarten space - see Takaharu Tezuka's delightful Ted Talk here: https://www.ted.com/talks/takaharu_tezuka_the_best_kindergarten_you_ve_ever_seen
Locally, we have been investigating innovation in education on our own turf - including Windsor House - a democratic, parent-participation K-12 school... stay tuned for more on our farm visit!
We're excited that Dezeen published the recently completed Swallowfield Barn!
Strong words from Canada's National Housing Strategy released yesterday...click the image for the report.
Vancouver's Housing Strategy goes before Council on November 28... see the draft here:
An awesome fundraiser for the St. James Music Academy! #swallowfieldfarm #stjamesmusicacademy #dennisboumanband #reubendegroot #twinbandit #etiennetrembly #davidsimard #motivarchitects photo by @chrisruiter
BC Artscape is an independent non-profit urban development organization based in Vancouver. Affiliated with Artscape, their mandate is to develop cultural spaces in BC that serve the needs of artists and cultural organizations as well as the local community.
MOTIV is helping Artscape BC get to the finish line with their project on Keefer Street. The work that this group is doing in the community is so very important - stay tuned for updates and come check out the space in the spring of 2018!