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RAIC call to action: Vote YES
Spacing.ca
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Metro Vancouver Chapter is adding its voice and support to the broad-based coalition of business, labour, environment, student, community, health and other groups, known as the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition. "The RAIC Metro Vancouver Chapter is launching a campaign to visually engage the public in understanding the potential impact of their vote," said Sean Ruthen, RAIC Metro Vancouver Chapter Chair.
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Échanges constructifs entre architectes et fournisseurs
La Presse
À la question «que veulent les architectes?», Stéphan Langevin a répondu aux fournisseurs de matériaux qu'il rêvait d'avoir accès, ici, à tous les produits géniaux présentés sur le Net. Il réclame, en prime, de l'imagination et de la créativité dans le milieu de la construction. L'agence de développement économique Québec international avait organisé un déjeuner-conférence, au cours duquel quatre architectes ont exprimé leurs désirs et leurs besoins à une cinquantaine de fournisseurs de produits et de matériaux.
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A second thought no longer, stairs are taking centre stage in cutting-edge architecture
The Globe and Mail
As you walk into the broad lobby of George Brown College's Waterfront Campus in Toronto, squarely in front of you is a flight of stairs. It offers an enticing route upward along a wall of glass, overlooking a park and Lake Ontario. The message is clear: You can ascend under your own power, and it will be pleasant. This vertical campus, designed by Stantec Architects and KPMB Architects, shows how the stair — a basic element of architectural grammar that had long been demoted to a secondary role — can again be of central importance.
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Le 7e art bientôt sur la place des Festivals : un pas de plus vers la construction de l'îlot Balmoral
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Annoncée à l'automne dernier, la construction de l'îlot Balmoral franchit une nouvelle étape alors que le comité exécutif de la Ville de Montréal entérine officiellement son entente avec la Société d'habitation et de développement de Montréal (SHDM) et les conditions de développement du projet. Complétant la place des Festivals avec un immeuble phare, l'îlot Balmoral offrira notamment à l'Office national du film (ONF) une adresse prestigieuse au cœur du Quartier des spectacles et un espace conçu sur mesure pour son équipe et ses créateurs.
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Anti-communism memorial better than building an office, minister says
The Globe and Mail
The Conservative minister responsible for the national capital region says he supports plans to construct a large monument to the victims of communism next to the Supreme Court of Canada in spite of a growing campaign to locate the memorial somewhere else. Employment Minister Pierre Poilievre, who is also the minister responsible for the National Capital Commission, said the monument is a better option than original plans to build a new Federal Court building on the Wellington Street site, which is currently a grassy park-like area.
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Deux maisons québécoises à l'architecture unique
La Presse
Au sein d'un paysage architectural souvent assez uniforme, voici deux maisons québécoises qui se démarquent par leur style. La résidence des Grands Jardins, Petite-Rivière-St-François, Charlevoix Cette spectaculaire demeure familiale a remporté en 2014 le Prix d'architecture Nobilis. Elle est ancrée dans le roc (un plus dans cette région au fort potentiel sismique), culminant à 517 mètres d'altitude.
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Hadaway House / Patkau Architects
ArchDaily
This snow country house is located on a northwest slope overlooking a panoramic view of Whistler valley in southwest British Columbia. The site is a difficult wedge shape which offers just enough room for a garage and narrow entrance on the street side at the top of the slope. The exterior form of the house is shaped by the intersection of two principal considerations: The first is the allowable building footprint and height. The second is the need to shed snow from the roof into appropriate storage areas within the site.
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Our Campus: UBC's campus is Gerry McGeough's canvas
The Ubyssey
It's been said that architecture is a form of art that we can’t ignore. The buildings that we inhabit and the structure of our communities undoubtedly influence the ways in which we interact, learn and live. This can certainly be said for UBC's campus, which, despite being seemingly ridden with endless construction, is a hidden Mecca for strategic design and community planning that aims to unite students and faculty alike.
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Sarnia-Lambton students learn about architecture during enrichment workshop
The Observer
If Evan Freer was an architect, the Niagara Falls whirlpool would have some out-of-this-world attractions. Picture a glass-windowed restaurant hanging above the Falls, with an observation deck and a room for scuba diving equipment deep beneath the whirlpool. This design came to the minds of Freer and his teammates — King George VI student Brian Bruggeman and Lansdowne student Madi Cullis — when they were tasked with simply designing an observation deck at the Falls.
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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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