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Susan Algie receives 2015 RAIC Advocate for Architecture Award
Canadian Architect
Susan Algie, Executive Director of the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation (WAF), has been announced as the recipient of the 2015 RAIC Advocate for Architecture award. The advocate for architecture award is for individuals who have contributed to the elevation of architecture in the public realm by means other than the practice of architecture. This award recognizes the long-term commitment to, and support for, the profession of architecture in Canada.
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Le futur site du Monument aux victimes du communisme encore critiqué
La Presse
L'érection du monument aux victimes du communisme sur un terrain qui jouxte la Cour suprême du Canada porterait ombrage à ce que l'institution représente, estiment plusieurs ex-présidents de l'Association du barreau canadien (ABC). Les 17 anciens dirigeants expliquent, dans une lettre ouverte publiée jeudi dans le Globe and Mail, que les citoyens qui gravissent les marches de l'auguste bâtiment ne devraient pas avoir à le faire «à l'ombre d'un monument porteur d'un message imposé par l'État».
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Digital revolution brings new edge to Helsinki museum designs
The Globe and Mail
When it opened in 1997, Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Bilbao demonstrated how computers could reinvent contemporary building. The art museum's complex, irregular forms were designed with software meant for building fighter jets. But in tech terms, 1997 is prehistory, and since then architecture's leading edge has been reshaped by the digital: How buildings are designed, how they are (or can be) made, how we talk about them and even how we think about space.
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Sudbury's Vale Living with Lakes Centre wins architecture awards
CBC News
The Vale Living With Lakes Centre on Laurentian University is receiving two awards from the Ontario Association of Architects. The Centre is the winner of the OAA Design Excellence Award for 2015, as well as the OAA's Sustainable Design Excellence Award for 2015. The centre opened in 2011 and is located on the southern shore of Ramsey Lake in Sudbury. According to Laurentian University, it was built to meet energy and environmental design platinum standards and was designed by architects J. L. Richards and Associates Ltd in association with Perkins + Will Architects.
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Architects bring 'intellectual rigour and sensual intuition' to design of new Vancouver Art Gallery
The Vancouver Sun
When the design for the new Vancouver Art Gallery is unveiled this spring, the city will be getting a building designed by Herzog & de Meuron, but not a Herzog & de Meuron building. As a new exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery shows, there is no single Herzog & de Meuron look or style. The company doesn't come up with an idea from a template and plunk it down on a site. The firm's exhaustive research and careful attention to detail produce designs that are surprising and unique, said Bruce Grenville, curator for the exhibition, which is about the Herzog & de Meuron design process.
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Laurentian architecture school expansion behind schedule
CBC News
The new building under construction at Laurentian University's School of Architecture is behind schedule and won't be ready for incoming students this fall. Terrance Galvin, founding director of the downtown Sudbury school, said wet soil at the site on Elm Street had to be drained of water before construction supports could be driven into the rock. The expected date for completion of the project is now early next year.
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Université Laurentienne : des retards dans la construction de l'école d'architecture
Radio-Canada
La prochaine cohorte d'étudiants de l'école d'architecture de l'Université Laurentienne ne pourra s'installer dans le nouveau pavillon en construction au centre-ville de Sudbury comme prévu en septembre. La phase deux du projet ne pourra être terminée à temps en raison des mauvaises conditions du sol.
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Rising up: Higher condos let architects get creative
Ottawa Citizen
With excavation now underway at Carling Avenue and Preston Street, Claridge Homes is that much closer to presenting Ottawa with its tallest residential tower: the 45-storey, 128-metre Icon. Of course, the 320–unit condominium won't stay the tallest forever, not with city council having approved Richcraft Homes' The Sky, a trio of towers in the same area that will eventually soar to 18, 45 and 55 floors. Neighbours may hate these towers for the shadows and swelling populations they bring, but many architects love them for the challenges and creative opportunities their size and prominence offer.
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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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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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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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Diamond Schmitt receives Civic Trust Award in England
Daily Commercial News
Diamond Schmitt Architects recently received a Civic Trust Award during a ceremony in London, England, for the design of a cultural centre in the Regent Park community of Toronto. "It is an honour to be recognized with a Civic Trust Award," said Donald Schmitt, principal with Diamond Schmitt Architects. "The design objective was to facilitate interaction among the tenants, students and the public and to make the centre a vibrant and welcoming crossroads for the community."
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