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Omer Arbel receives 2015 RAIC Allied Arts Medal
Canadian Architect
A Vancouver industrial designer whose artistic lighting designs illuminate buildings worldwide will receive the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's (RAIC) Allied Arts Medal for 2015. Omer Arbel is the principal of Omer Arbel Office, which produces designs for buildings, objects, furniture, lighting and electrical accessories. He is also cofounder and creative director of Bocci, a design and manufacturing firm whose portfolio ranges from light installations to furniture and electrical sockets.
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Winners of the 2015 OAA Awards announced
Canadian Architect
Demonstrating the best in architectural design and innovation, winners of the 2015 Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Awards feature both Canadian and international projects designed by Ontario architects, ranging from sustainable single-family homes to the redevelopment of key cultural and civic destinations.
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A walk down Wellington Street: Exploring Ottawa's contentious communism memorial
The Globe and Mail
Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court of Canada... and the Memorial to the Victims of Communism. Strange as it sounds, that will be the sequence along Confederation Boulevard in Ottawa if the capital's newest memorial goes into the ground this year as planned. The monument could be the second largest in Ottawa, almost matching the National War Memorial in scale, and its planned site lies adjacent to the Supreme Court. It has raised a vigorous debate in the capital and in design circles because of its location, its design and even the process that is bringing it into existence.
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Jack Layton Ferry Terminal design competition begins
CBC News
More than a million visitors flow through the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal each year on their way to or from the Toronto Islands. But it's now more than 40 years since the terminal was built, leaving the space overdue for a makeover. Five design teams are presenting for public input their proposals to remake the space. All five plans are available for viewing here on Waterfront Toronto's website, but they can also be seen in person in the City Hall rotunda.
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En faveur d'une politique nationale de l'architecture
L'Avantage
Une soixantaine d'exposants se sont réunis de la 9e édition de Contech, l'exposition Bâtiment Bas-Saint-Laurent tenue au Centre des congrès de l'hôtel Rimouski. À cette occasion, la présidente de l'Ordre des architectes du Québec, Nathalie Dion, est venue parler de la Politique nationale de l'Architecture (PNA). Cette politique permettrait au Québec de marquer un virage en matière de qualité des constructions. Au-delà de l'esthétique, une telle politique favoriserait la transparence, l'équité du processus et l'indépendance des professionnels dans les modes de réalisation architecturale tant pour les grandes villes que pour les régions plus éloignées.
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Canadian Canoe Museum searching for architect for new $24 million waterfront museum
The Peterborough Examiner
The Canadian Canoe Museum has begun a world-wide search for an architectural firm to design its new facility. The plan is to build a new $24 million museum on the property next to the Peterborough Lift Lock, where the Visitors' Centre now stands. Architectural firms from around the globe have until March 30 to get in touch with the museum, through the website www.canoemuseum.ca, to express interest in the project.
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Monument aux victimes du communisme : La controverse persiste
Radio-Canada
Le mécontentement persiste au sujet du projet de construction du monument dédié aux victimes du communisme qui doit être érigé dans la capitale fédérale. Les opposants dénoncent particulièrement le choix du site. Plus les semaines passent, plus la controverse s'intensifie. Le projet de 5,5 millions de dollars, dont plus de la moitié est financée par le gouvernement conservateur, prévoit une structure imposante, à deux pas de la Cour suprême.
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First look: New Yonge and Bloor tower would be Toronto's tallest
The Globe and Mail
Is it The One? The new development at the southwest corner of Yonge and Bloor streets will be sold with that catchphrase, and it will in some ways earn that title. The design by global architects Foster and Partners is tall, brawny and complex. The project, which developer Sam Mizrahi and the architects presented to a community meeting, would be the third tall tower to rise at the corner. However, in size and architectural character, it would stand out: The proposal places 72 levels of apartments on top of an eight-level luxury shopping mall, and wraps a grid of structural steel outside of its glass skin.
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Architects claim 'no shadow' skyscraper will solve problem of tall buildings that block out the sun
National Post
Architects claim to have devised a "no shadow" skyscraper that may solve the problem of tall buildings blotting out the sun. A London-based firm has produced designs for a pair of precisely aligned towers with curved and angled facades which reflect light down on to the street below. In theory, one of the towers would reflect sunlight into the shadow of its sister tower, reducing the area of shade caused by the project as a whole.
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Monica Adair wins national young architect award
CBC News
A New Brunswick architect has been recognized by a national group that represents the profession. Monica Adair, 37, is the recipient of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's 2015 Young Architect Award. It recognizes an architect 40 years or younger for excellence in design, leadership, and service to the profession. Adair is the co-founder of Acre Architects in Saint John. She has also served on the New Brunswick Arts Board and currently sits on the Saint John Waterfront Development Board.

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Cohen: Communism memorial a monumental folly
Ottawa Citizen
That the proposed Memorial to the Victims of Communism is a monumental folly is no longer in question. Its location and design have been denounced by virtually every independent authority. No wonder it has ignited a swelling chorus of derision. Critics include the Institute of Planners, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Ontario Association of Architects. They include a member of the memorial jury (Shirley Blumberg), the original designer (Zuzana Hahn) and a leading Ottawa architect (Barry Padolsky).

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The fascinating architecture of Canada's Nunavut territory
Architectural Digest
First presented by Canada at the 2014 Venice Biennale for Architecture, the exhibition "Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15" opened recently at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, marking the start of its national tour. The show celebrates the 15th anniversary of Nunavut—Canada's northernmost and newest territory (it separated from the Northwest Territories in 1999) and explores its distinct architectural character.

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Oakville architecture company earns Lieutenant Governor's Award for restoration project
Inside Halton
The Gardiner family’s country retreat was an elegant home with beautiful views of Lake Ontario from its terrace. Its well-manicured grounds played host to social gatherings throughout the 1940s and 50s. But by the time the City of Mississauga purchased the property and hired Oakville’s ATA Architects Inc. to restore it a few years ago, the grounds were overgrown and vandals had broken windows and stolen any useable material from the house.
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