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Brian MacKay-Lyons wins 2015 RAIC Gold Medal
Canadian Architect
A Nova Scotia architect, whose internationally acclaimed buildings are grounded in the design and construction traditions of East Coast architecture, is the 2015 recipient of the RAIC Gold Medal. Brian MacKay-Lyons, FRAIC, is a founding partner of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is also a professor at Dalhousie University and the founder of Ghost Lab, an educational program that took place on his family farm during the summers of 1994 to 2011. His work has been recognized by more than 100 awards, 300 publications and 100 exhibitions.
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Un emplacement qui ne fait pas l'unanimité pour un monument
La Presse
Un important regroupement d'architectes demande au gouvernement fédéral de réviser l'emplacement où sera construit Monument national aux victimes du communisme. L'Institut royal d'architecture du Canada (IRAC) estime que l'oeuvre ne devrait pas être placé aussi près de la Cour suprême. « L'emplacement proposé, à proximité de la Cour suprême du Canada, représente les valeurs démocratiques du Canada et son respect de la justice. Nous croyons que ce terrain devrait être réservé à un bâtiment dont la finalité, la qualité et la dignité sont à la hauteur de ce contexte, croit le IRAC. »
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Architects urge relocating Victims of Communism memorial
Ottawa Citizen
An organization representing 4,800 Canadian architects has joined the growing chorus of opposition to the site selected by the federal government for the new Memorial to the Victims of Communism. In a statement to be released Thursday, the Ottawa-based Royal Architectural Institute of Canada "respectfully requests" that the government reconsider the site chosen for the memorial, on Wellington Street between the Supreme Court of Canada and Library and Archives Canada.
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Development wave hits Gastown
The Vancouver Sun
The controversial proposal for a 26-storey glass tower on the edge of Gastown ignited civic passions. Proponents think it would be a stunning addition to the waterfront, others think it's way too big and modern for the site. But it isn't the only contentious redevelopment proposal in Gastown. A design by Musson Cattell Mackey architects would have a new building go up with a similar brick facade and windows. The cornice would be at the top of the sixth floor, and a seventh storey would be set back so you couldn’t see it from the street.
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Niagara architects also upset over purchasing rules
Welland Tribune
Niagara's architecture community is joining the region's construction association in declaring the province's procurement policy as being anti-local. A spokesman for the 35-member Niagara Society of Architects said Monday the same problems costing contractors with the Niagara Construction Association work are also affecting smaller architectural firms. "The biggest problem right now is the confusion around institutions understanding the provincial procurement policy," said spokesman Greg Redden, an architect with MacDonald, Zuberec, Ensslen in St. Catharines and a former NSA chair.
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Waterfront Toronto's 'innovation centre' plans unveiled
The Globe and Mail
Waterfront Toronto has taken the wraps off designs for a proposed "innovation centre," a nine-storey building being touted as the next stage of redevelopment of the eastern harbour. Toronto-based Menkes Developments Ltd. would build and own the project. Under the proposed deal, it would buy the city-owned site near Sugar Beach for an undisclosed amount after it finds a lead tenant and begins construction, which is expected to happen at the end of next year. Waterfront Toronto, which is responsible for developing former industrial lands on the harbour, selected Menkes to develop the site in a competition.
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Hyper localization of architecture explores sustainable archetypes
Design Boom
A book will be available in april 2015 written by Andrew Michler which focuses on a new term in the context, "hyperlocal architecture." In the lexical meaning, "hyperlocal" refers to "extremely local" and collects news and information in the vicinity of its community. The book constitutively takes into consideration a site and its changeable environmental factors playing an important role in the design process.
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Un architecte hongrois présente une «maison en eau» économe en énergie
La Presse
Une maison aux murs remplis de beaucoup d'eau: c'est l'idée que teste, presque grandeur nature, un architecte hongrois en quête de solutions pour réduire les besoins de l'humanité en énergie. «Imaginez un bâtiment sans isolation, mais dont l'intérieur bénéficie d'un équilibre thermique idéal grâce aux propriétés de l'eau», résume Matyas Gutai, 34 ans, qui développe son projet et le fait breveter pas à pas depuis une décennie. Loin de Genève, où l'on négocie cette semaine dans l'espoir d'un accord à la conférence de Paris sur le climat (COP21) en fin d'année, l'inventeur a bâti un petit prototype dans sa ville natale de Kecskemét, au sud de Budapest.
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Edmonton architecture scene shares spotlight of global award
Edmonton Journal
While Canada's new global prize for architecture was awarded to a humble library in rural China last October, Edmonton is now sharing the spotlight. An organizer of a lecture on the Moriyama RAIC International Prize hopes in addition to highlighting the involvement of Edmontonians in the prize, the event will encourage local architects to aspire higher.

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Local architects pick their favourite Edmonton buildings
Edmonton Journal
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's Illumination Series lecture will highlight Edmonton's involvement in Canada's architecture scene. In advance of the event, the Journal asked three local architects about Edmonton’s architectural gems: Samuel Oboh, an Edmonton architect and the incoming president of the institute; Vivian Manasc, senior principal and architect at Manasc Isaac; and Donna Clare, an architect at Dialog designing the new Royal Alberta Museum.

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Video: Iconic new building rises on Yonge street
Canada.com
Ryerson University's new Student Learning Centre is set to open on Yonge Street soon, after two-and-a-half years of construction. The eight-story building was designed by Norwegian architecture firm snøhetta, and occupies the corner of Yonge and Gould streets, where Toronto's iconic music store, Sam the Record Man, once stood. The learning centre is distinctly shinier than Sam's was, especially considering it doesn't feature the sign that Ryerson once agreed to display on it.

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