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With 2013 coming to a close, RAIC would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide RAIC News Clips / Les manchettes subscribers with a look at the most-read news stories. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!

Your regular news publication will resume on Friday January 10, 2014.

L'année 2013 tire à sa fin, et l'IRAC saisit cette opportunité pour souhaiter à ses membres, partenaires et autres professionnels de l'industrie, de joyeuses fêtes de fin d'année.

En jetant un regard rétrospectif sur l'année écoulée, nous souhaitons offrir aux abonnés des Manchettes l'occasion de passer en revue nos articles phares en 2013. En d'autres termes, au cours des deux prochaines semaines, nous allons vous proposer les 20 meilleurs articles de l'année !

La publication de votre bulletin d'informations reprendra normalement le vendredi 10 janvier 2014.





10. New architecture school in Sudbury to welcome 70 students
The Sudbury Star
Aug. 9, 2013: Laurentian University has confirmed 70 students will make up the first year of the school's new architecture program, which is set to begin on Sept. 4. "We have been tremendously impressed by the vitality and the diversity of the applications we've received," said Laurentian Architecture's founding director, Terrance Galvin, in a release. "There is an exciting creative spark in these young people, and we know that our school is off to a very promising start."
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9. Meet the 'Genius of Light' who transformed Harbourfront's parking garage
The Globe and Mail
July 5, 2013: James Carpenter, the MacArthur "genius"-grant-winning light artist and architect who has won acclaim for recent projects, has created a brilliant installation at Harbourfront's new garage and public square. Called Light Cascade, the piece is a wall of glass three storeys tall and 15 metres wide that refracts and channels light down into the underground parking garage through a large opening and, thanks to lights at the bottom, will illuminate Ontario Square, the new public space on the waterfront.
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8. 4 architects receive Order of Canada
Daily Commercial News
Jan. 11, 2013: Four Canadian architects have been appointed Members of the Order of Canada, Governor General David Johnston recently announced. The Order of Canada recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation. The 2012 appointees include two Companions (C.C.), 33 Officers (O.C.) and 56 Members (C.M.). Brigitte Shim and A. Howard Sutcliffe of Toronto have been appointed "for their contributions as architects designing sophisticated structures that represent the best in Canadian design to the world."
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7. Downtown Halifax transformation unveiled
Daily Commercial News
Oct. 18, 2013: Robin Halifax Holdings Ltd. has unveiled plans to transform a downtown city block in Halifax into a mixed-use development housing a boutique hotel, condominiums, restaurant, office, retail, and public spaces with underground parking. LEED Platinum (core and shell) is being targeted. The developers said the 500,000 square-foot, twin-tower development, named 22nd Commerce Square, will span the area bounded by Granville, George, Hollis and Duke streets in the heart of downtown.
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6. 'Blue sky' design ideas for crumbling Gardiner unveiled; including buried highway, 8-lane boulevard
National Post
June 21, 2013: The City of Toronto and the agency in charge of waterfront revitalization dusted off three-year-old conceptual designs that present a sky's the limit view of what to do with a dilapidated section of the Gardiner Expressway. The never-before-seen-renderings from six architectural firms, commissioned back in 2009 at $50,000 apiece, are "ideas" — not plans — officials stressed, that are meant to stimulate debate.
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5. BIG unveils 'Telus Sky' Tower in Calgary
Arch Daily
July 12, 2013: In an attempt to transform Calgary's corporate-centric downtown into a walkable, dynamic community, TELUS has commissioned BIG to design a mixed-use skyscraper in the heart of the Canadian city. Known as TELUS Sky, the 750,000 square foot tower is designed to "seamlessly accommodate the transformation from working to living as the tower takes off from the ground to reach the sky."
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4. Vancouver's Waldorf Hotel: When does preserving heritage go too far?
National Post
Feb. 1, 2013: The Waldorf Hotel is not easy to find. In fact, its operators freely touted it as a cultural hub in the "middle of nowhere." It was the spot where serial killer Robert Pickton spent 25 years cruising for victims and, despite a $1.6 million renovation to spruce its dive bar image, after two years the operators had started asking for rent forgiveness. Thus, when the structure was recently picked up for a tidy sum by one of Vancouver's many builders of glass condo towers, locals assumed that its death warrant was signed.
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3. 3 architects and architectural historian receive Order of Canada
Canadian Architect
Jan. 18, 2013: Three Canadian architects and an architectural historian have been appointed Members of the Order of Canada, Governor General David Johnston recently announced. The Order of Canada recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation. The 2012 appointees include two Companions (C.C.), 33 Officers (O.C.) and 56 Members (C.M.).
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2. Winnipeg's 'flying saucer' condominium set for construction
Canadian Architect
Jan. 25, 2013: Construction of Winnipeg's "Flying Saucer" condominium project 62M, designed by Winnipeg-based studio 5468796 Architecture, will commence March 2013. Green Seed Development Corp. President Mark Penner recently announced they have secured financing for the project after pre-selling 50 per cent of the 40 units in the $4.5 million complex. The project is set for completion in spring, 2014.
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1. U of T releases new design for architecture school at 1 Spadina Crescent
Yonge Street Media
June 14, 2013: It turns out, 1 Spadina Crescent, the big 19th-century building Spadina curves around just north of College, was never completed. The University of Toronto School of Architecture is going to change that. The school's Dean, Richard Sommer, announced recently that U.S. architect Nader Tehrani has designed an addition to the north side of the building, which will be built in conjunction with thoroughgoing renovations to prepare the building to be the new premises for the expanding architecture school, the country's oldest.
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