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Samuel Oboh inducted as the 76th President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Canadian Architect
Samuel (Sam) Óghale Oboh, FRAIC, was announced as the 76th President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada at a recent formal 2015 President Investiture Ceremony. About 130 Canadian and international guests attended the ceremony at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, which featured a keynote address by John Ralston Saul, Canadian author, essayist and president of PEN International. Saul spoke of the need for architects and engineers to work for the improvement of First Nations communities in Canada.
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What's influencing architecture today?
Sourceable
As architecture experiences solid growth after the most recent major economic crisis, with hiring and billings increasing, architects enjoy not only better job prospects, but expanding ability to positively influence the built environment. Key trends influencing architecture include greater urbanization, the need for adaptive design, and the need for sustainable design. In addition, a few people hold a substantial/surprising amount of power to influence what gets built and what doesn't.
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Concours de l'Hôtel de glace — Deux prix en architecture aux étudiants de l'UQAM
Université du Québec
L'équipe composée de Roderic Archambault-Lavigne, Adrian Galeazzi et Félix-Antoine Lalonde-Lavergne a remporté le deuxième prix au concours Architecture éphémère organisé par l'Hôtel de glace, alors que Noémie Maulant s'est classée troisième. Situé à Québec, l'Hôtel de glace reçoit chaque année des milliers de visiteurs. Pour une 10e année consécutive, les étudiants des écoles d'architecture et de design d'environnement des universités Laval, McGill, de Montréal et de l'UQAM devaient concevoir pour l'hôtel une suite de neige et de glace ayant pour thème l'espace-temps.
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Ottawa's NAC slated for 'ambitious' revamp
Daily Commercial News
Ottawa's National Arts Centre (NAC) is about to undertake a project that is designed to transform and revitalize the landmark facility, with capital funding from the Government of Canada. "The new atrium and entrance will be warm and inviting, and will embrace the nation's capital for the first time," says NAC president and CEO Peter Herrndorf. "Visitors have often remarked to me that it's unfortunate that NAC turns its back on the city. With this new design, we will finally face the city and its most important square (Confederation Square)." The project is being undertaken by a team that includes Diamond Schmitt Architects, electrical and mechanical engineers Crossey Engineering Ltd., and structural engineers Fast + Epp.
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Deerfield Hall in Mississauga wins architecture award
Daily Commercial News
The University of Toronto's new Deerfield Hall at the Mississauga campus was the recipient of an architectural award at the Ontario Concrete Awards, but that accolade could have just as easily included the word construction. "It is called the architectural merit award but I think it is really about the construction team's ability to technically achieve the architectural end through resourcefulness and commitment," says Andrew Frontini, principal, design director, Perkins + Will Canada, the architectural firm for the project.
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Bibliothèque de Drummondville : le lauréat dévoilé
OAQ
La Ville de Drummondville a annoncé le nom de l'équipe lauréate du concours pour la conception de sa future bibliothèque. Il s’agit du consortium formé des firmes Chevalier Morales architectes et DMA. Le concept architectural mise sur la transparence, le dialogue avec l'extérieur et la lumière naturelle. La bibliothèque sera construite au centre-ville, permettant d'en relier deux pôles.
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Next-generation wood pushes to greater heights
The Globe and Mail
By design, a new mid-rise building in Prince George, B.C., breaks many conventions of commercial construction. At 29.5 metres, its height alone makes the Wood Innovation and Design Centre the highest contemporary wood structure of its type in North America — a record soon to be broken by others. The $25.1 million centre also stands out for its embrace of engineered wood: thick panels, columns and beams of so-called mass timber, sturdier and more fire-resistant than lightweight wood frame construction.
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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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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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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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From Lego-syle buildings to mega hotels, legendary Israeli architect Moshe Safdie still stuns the world
No Camels
Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie is a legendary name with breathtaking architectural projects under his belt that range from the famous Habitat 67 in Montreal, Canada, to the new Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. Safdie is known for his culturally and socially sensitive designs that respond to human aspirations — regardless of the size of the project: while Safdie used small Lego blocks to design his famous Habitat 67 complex in Montreal, his ingenuity also lies in the structural sophistication of his mega-buildings.
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