Records broken in commercial property deals; vital underground work supports vertical communities; (Re)thinking transit shelter design; swapping a house for year-round living on the water; smart highway design from the Dutch and more news.

Toronto area sees record year for office property deals (Globe & Mail)

Growing Up: Underground work lays foundation for vertical communities of the future (The Star)

The Fixer: Taxpayers don’t pay for transit shelters, but the city earns cash from them (The Star)

Waterfront living: ‘Eccentric’ live-aboards choose to live on their boats year-round (The National Post) 

Public Works: Building Smarter Roads (Torontoist)