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forests to buffer the winds and shady green spaces to play. We need natural habitats for wildlife, and farmland to grow food closer to home as international supply chains become strained.

and innovative solutions and open the market to smaller firms and emerging talent. Over 75 per cent of architecture and interior design practices in Ontario are small businesses but are often excluded from projects because of restrictive procurement processes that value firm size, past performance and low price as criteria for selection.

Let’s not forget the buildings we already have: thousands of buildings across the country are in urgent need of investment: everything from new roofs, insulation and windows to replacement of heating and ventilation systems. Ontario faces over $16 billion in needed repairs to schools alone.

The time is now. We need to recognize that infrastructure includes architecture. Culturally relevant places designed for people and that respect the land are needed today more than ever. Focussing on people, creating opportunities for health, happiness, dignity and social justice is the core philosophy of national architecture policies in most western European countries and the driving force behind Rise for Architecture, a grassroots effort to develop a national architecture policy for Canada. Reach out to your elected officials and make sure they know that architecture is infrastructure.

As published on Treehugger, when using Life Cycle Analysis “building reuse almost always yields fewer environmental impacts than new construction when comparing buildings of similar size and functionality.� Renovating our existing buildings is an excellent opportunity to learn about, appreciate, and enhance our heritage while having a significant impact on sustainability.

Toon Dreessen, OAA, FRAIC is president of Architects DCA, an Ottawa-based architecture practice. Toon served six years on OAA council, two years as president and received the Order of DaVinci in

When given the opportunity, architects can create cohesive social infrastructure that enhances the role of government investment. Governments can support design competitions to solicit ideas, creative

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2020. Toon is a noted public speaker, writer and advocate for architecture and serves on numerous regulatory and advocacy committees.

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