2016 was a pretty unique year, for me personally, professionally, and for this blog.
On a personal level, I had some health issues that I’d never had to deal with before, not least of which was a car accident. A Toronto driver t-boned us on Dufferin Street in the spring and I’ve been dealing with the impacts ever since. On the more positive side it was a year filled with fun with my family including a trip to Hawaii that I won’t forget any time soon. We all learned to surf … it doesn’t get better than that.
On a professional level, I had the opportunity to teach a third year urban design studio at Carleton this fall. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I was very flattered they asked me to do it. I’m just finishing up grading now, and I have to say it was a highly rewarding experience.
Here at the blog, I managed to keep the posts going, but maybe with a little less frequency because of the other things I was dealing with and had taken on. Readership was down just slightly from 2015, but higher than 2014, with about 2,000 views so I can’t complain too much. We’re very close to having 10,000 views for the blog overall, and it’s a milestone I’m pretty excited to pass. In 2016 the most popular posts were about cross laminated timber and EHDD Architecture’s 25 Year award from the AIA for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Top referrers were Facebook and Twitter, and most readers came from the US and Canada.
In 2016 I tried to focus more on urbanism in my posts, rather than strictly architecture and sustainability. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the blog this year, and will continue to check in on it.