PLACES: Public Architecture explores a selection of key projects by HCMA which offer insight into the firm’s specific approach to community building through public architecture. Featured projects typologies, many of which have been challenged by contemporary advancements in technology, include schools, libraries, fire halls, childcare centres, and more. Through the practice of architecture HCMA asks “what is the future of the library, of education, and of public space in an increasingly online age?"
PLACES showcases six of HCMA’s recent civic facilities which seek to strengthen and enrich the communities, businesses and people they serve. The book features critical text by accomplished writer Jim Taggart, professional photography, lucid architectural drawings and details, as well as a look at the firm’s design process of iterative modeling/ diagramming and research on contemporary topics. It also features a window into HCMA's office culture and community building initiatives including HCMA Days, the Canfor Playhouse Challenge and a course taught by the firm on Social Sustainability at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA).