Anatomy of a Skyscraper

Educational engineering books that are fun to read and informative are sadly few and far between. A new release from Kate Ascher, the author of The Works:¬†Anatomy of a City, called The Heights – Anatomy of a Skyscraper provides a detailed insight into the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of these most urban of structures. […]

Defining Patriarchal Gentrification

In a recent blog post, I used the phrase, “It is gentrified patriarchal resistance that prevents local resilience”. I was challenged that this was possibly the use of language as an obstruction, just using big words to be grandiose or something. To be fair, these are big words, and although these words are not common […]

The Price of Heavy Industry

The City of Castlegar, after many years of benefiting from the Industrial Tax revenue from the Celgar Pulp Mill just upstream of the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers, is facing a serious financial challenge. Celgar recently annouced that it was not going to pay taxes after the City responded to their request for […]