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Talking Architecture: Forma Toronto

Talking Architecture, May 10, 2023

In this episode, host Anthony Youssef speaks Kristen Harrison about Frank Gehry's Forma Toronto, its issues and its relationship to architectural criticism. 

Talking Architecture: The American Folk Art Museum

Talking Architecture, April 24, 2023

In this episode, host Anthony Youssef speaks with playwright Oren Safdie about the American Folk Art Museum, the interpersonal relationships of architects and the emphasis placed on facades in contemporary heritage practices. 

Coalition Calls on Quebec to Improve Contracting and Project Management Practices

Construction Canada, March 22, 2023

Two construction associations have united to urge Quebec to reform its public contracting procedures and improve its project management practices, to save up to $14 billion over the next decade.

The coalition, which includes the Montreal chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI-Montreal) and the Centre for Expertise and Research on Urban Infrastructure (CERIU), highlighted the lack of expertise among clients, the cumbersome and complex processes, and payment delays as major issues.

Combatting Labour Shortages in Construction

On-Site Magazine, Nemanja Simic, March 24, 2023

Modern tools are available to strategically allocate resources to maximize workforce planning and productivity.

The labour shortage in construction isn’t a surprise for contractors anymore. Although the pandemic certainly intensified the impact of shortages, the construction sector has been coping with fewer and fewer recruits for more than a decade, but with an aging labour pool and a huge demand for workers, the shortage has reached new levels.

AI Road Technology Aims to Prevent Collisions by Tracking Vehicle and Pedestrian Patterns

Construct Connect, Grant Cameron, April 3, 2023

A company called Derq, whose two co-founders are from Canada, has developed novel artificial intelligence (AI) smart road technology that uses a combination of software and sensors that integrate with traffic lights and intersection infrastructure to help avoid collisions between vehicles and pedestrians.

The platform collects information from existing infrastructure and uses cameras and radar to track the movement of vehicles through an intersection. It can analyze the information onsite and then use the data to control the flow of traffic by determining when streets lights and pedestrian signals should change.

The Site Visit: BUILDEX 2023 | Labor Shortage, Women in Construction & Industry Messaging

The Site Visit, February 18, 2023

In this episode, live from the tradeshow floor at Buildex 2023, James and Christian are joined by Olivia Olczak Day from Day Media Consulting. They discuss the ongoing labor shortage in construction and how it's affecting the industry's ability to meet demands for growth. They also share their insights on how the industry can attract more women, and what messages need to be communicated to both men and women to create more interest in construction earlier in an individual's career path decision-making. Having some fun, they touch on the impact of pink portable toilets on jobsites and ponder the tangible benefits they have had and how simple changes, like providing an adequate restroom facility and even women's PPE, can help attract and retain women in the industry.

The Site Visit: BUILDEX 2023 | Contractor Tips for Growth, Technology Adoption & Professional Development

The Site Visit, February 18, 2023

In this episode, live from the tradeshow floor at Buildex 2023, James and Christian are joined by Jason Carton from Hyland Landscapes. Together, they discuss contractor tips for growth, technology adoption, and professional development in the construction industry. Through their insights and experiences, they cover key strategies and tools that can help contractors stay ahead in a competitive marketplace. Their conversation explores topics ranging from utilizing technology for improved efficiency and collaboration to investing in ongoing education and training, most notably via Breakthrough Academy, to stay on top of industry trends. Whether you're a seasoned contractor seeking to expand your business or a newcomer to the field looking to make your mark, this episode provides valuable guidance and practical tips for achieving success and staying ahead in the construction industry.

The Site Visit: BUILDEX 2023 | Mental Health, Mentorship, Politics & Messaging in Construction

The Site Visit, February 18, 2023

In this episode, live from the tradeshow floor at Buildex 2023, James and Christian are joined by Jordan Bateman from the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association.They discuss, in one of the most powerful long-form discussions on the podcast to date, the importance of mental health and mentorship in the construction industry. They share their perspective on how politics and messaging play a crucial role in shaping the future of the construction industry. They talk about the challenges faced by many businesses in the construction industry, with succession planning and brand messaging and how the ICBA subsequently advocates on their behalf. Jordan also emphasizes the need for open and honest communication to address the stigma around mental health and create a positive and inclusive work culture.