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Canadian team takes first in Tirana Architecture Week's 'Lost Architecture' Competition
Arch Daily
Presented by the Ministry of Culture of Albania and Tirana Architecture Week 2014, "Lost Architecture — [En]Visioning New City Squares" attracted international entries from students and practitioners under the age of forty alike. Designers were invited to submit proposals for the improvement of Pyramid Square in Albania's capital, Tirana, and tasked with reflecting the city's rich history and evolving identity.
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UBC's new pharmaceutical sciences building claims 6 awards: Has any recent building In B.C. won more?
OAA
For Nick Maile, the only thing better than having a building he helped plan and develop win a series of major architecture awards, is seeing the people who use the building truly enjoying it. The development manager for UBC Properties Trust believes the university's new Pharmaceutical Sciences Building is "architecturally pleasing, but any building, no matter how beautiful, if it doesn’t work for the students and faculty, it's not a success. This one, though, is incredibly lively — people like to be in it and they use every space."
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AUC sera partenaire de la reconstruction de la caserne de pompier à Port-au-Prince, en Haïti
Kollectif
Récemment, le ministre du Développement international et de la Francophonie, l'honorable Christian Paradis, annonçait l'appui du Canada au projet Renforcement durable des capacités d'intervention des sapeurs-pompiers haïtiens, qui sera mis en œuvre par la Ville de Québec, en partenariat avec Architectes de l'urgence et de la coopération.
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Civic Modern: Winnipeg's Civic and Centennial Centre — An architectural exploration
Canadian Architect
On view until February 11, 2015 in the ARCH 2 Gallery at the University of Manitoba, Civic Modern examines the social, political and architectural history of Winnipeg's Civic and Centennial Centres as they reach their 50th anniversary. In 1957, Winnipeggers voted by a wide margin for a new City Hall. Less than 10 years later, the city witnessed the construction of not only a new City Hall, but a massive complex of civic and cultural facilities, one of the largest such ensembles in Canada.
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Sphere in the sky
Daily Commercial News
Broccolini Construction is working on renovating the existing 130,000-square-foot centre and will add 25,000-square-feet of new shopping areas, including a food court on the second floor with gourmet restaurants. The central courtyard in the new section will be highlighted by a gigantic sphere made of double curved glass, spanning 90 feet in diameter and will be suspended from the ceiling. There will also be a reflecting infinity pool that converts to a stage for events.
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Cities are racing to add iconic structures to their skylines
Canada.com
American cities are starting an architectural arms race to the sky with super-sized Ferris wheels, a 100-storey observation tower and maybe even a mammoth golf ball atop a 100-metre tee planted in the Arizona desert. From Phoenix to Camden, New Jersey, city officials and developers are seeking to punctuate their skylines with exclamation points, vying for the world's attention with the next Eiffel Tower or London Eye.
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An architect who draws inspiration from barns, silos and dogtrot houses
The Globe and Mail
Soon, Toronto's 17th Interior Design Show (IDS) will be in full swing at the Metro Convention Centre, sporting its usual panoply of product exhibits, talent showcases and talks by active players in the Canadian and international worlds of architecture and design. Headquartered in Fayetteville, Ark., where he practises and heads the architecture department of the University of Arkansas, architect Marlon Blackwell is thought by some observers of the American scene to be merely a southern regionalist.
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Toronto architects put on their developer hats
OAA
The house on Robinson Street is a black box. A finely crafted one, with wood-framed windows set off by dark-stained pine siding. Every detail has been considered, from the building's unusual sideways orientation to its doorbell, which is slotted precisely into a slab of Douglas fir. Located near Queen and Bathurst, the home is exactly what many affluent Torontonians want today: well thought-out in its plan and construction, unapologetically contemporary in its design language. Yet new houses like this are so rare as to be almost non-existent in the Toronto market.
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Une résidence au goût du jour
Journal de Québec
La 19e Maison Tanguay demeure «résolument contemporaine» avec ses terrasses, son bois et son architecture. Elle a toutefois été configurée pour s'intégrer aux «plus petits» terrains situés en milieux urbains. «On n'est pas fous. Les gens n'ont pas les moyens de s'acheter des terrains à 400 000 $ alors à ce moment-là, les terrains étant plus étroits, on s'est dit que nous allions nous adapter à la réalité actuelle», a fait savoir Yvan Deschênes, l'architecte de la somptueuse résidence. La totalité des profits amassés grâce à la vente de billets pour son tirage est remise à la Fondation Maurice Tanguay.
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World's most admired architecture firms unveiled
Sourceable
In its ranking of its World Top 100 firms, United Kingdom-based architecture and construction publication Building Design said UK-based Foster & Partners had been ranked as the most admired architectural practice in the world with 17 per cent of the votes followed by Herzon & de Meuron (10 per cent) and Gensler and Renzo Piano Workshop (eight per cent each) and Bjarke Ingels Group rounding out the top five (5 per cent).
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The monumental politics behind Ottawa's newest memorials
Maclean's
If construction proceeds according to plan, two angular concrete monuments will rise to the west of Parliament Hill by this autumn. The government is erecting a Memorial to the Victims of Communism next to the Supreme Court of Canada, on a coveted site previously set aside for a new federal court building. Only a few minutes walk further west, facing the Canadian War Museum, a National Holocaust Monument is to be built on what is now an open field near the Ottawa River.

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Hearst Corporation celebrates 10th anniversary of Hearst Tower
Market Wired
Hearst Corporation, one of the nation's largest diversified media and information companies, today released an exclusive video commemorating the upcoming 10th anniversary of the topping out of Hearst Tower, the first building commissioned post September 11 and among New York City's most celebrated and iconic buildings. Topping out refers to the placement of the last beam during the construction phase. Hosted by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Lord Norman Foster, the camera drone video tour provides a unique, never-before-seen perspective on the architecture, people and inner-workings of Hearst's 57th Street world headquarters.

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The B.C. Permanent Building: A hidden gem gets a fresh polish
The Vancouver Sun
The B.C. Permanent Building is one of downtown Vancouver's hidden gems. With its elegant entrance columns and soaring two-storey interior, the building at 330 West Pender is a classic example of "temple bank" architecture, circa 1907. But what really makes it special is the stained glass. The interior is lit by a drop-dead gorgeous 35-foot long, 20-foot wide stained glass skylight. The mezzanine features stained glass windows with the coats of arms of Canada's provinces, along with Yukon and Great Britain.

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2014, l'année de tous les records pour... les gratte-ciel
Conseiller
En 2014, 97 bâtiments de plus de 200 mètres de haut, dont 11 dépassant 300 mètres, ont été érigés dans le monde, du jamais vu dans l'histoire de l'architecture, rapporte Le Figaro. Le précédent record datait de 2011, où 81 chantiers avaient été menés à terme. Citant l'étude annuelle du CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat), le quotidien précise que 60 pour cent de ces réalisations sont chinoises, ce qui représente un total de 58 tours.
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